Associate Head Coach
Leslie Flores was hired as an assistant volleyball coach at Drake University in June, 2013 and promoted to associate head coach following the 2015 season.
Flores-Cloud is set to begin her fourth season with the Bulldogs after serving as an assistant coach the previous three seasons. In 2015, she helped coach the program to its most wins since 2010 as she and McBroom continue to rebuild the program.
“Coach Flores-Cloud is incredibly invested in our program, Drake University and the development of our student-athletes,” McBroom said. “Our student-athletes recognize and respect that investment and she is more than deserving of having a greater influence in our program. She is incredibly organized, focused, task oriented and has the foundation and preparation to continue to advance her career.”
Flores-Cloud will continue to serve as the program’s recruiting coordinator, a role she has held the past three seasons. In that capacity, she has recruited next season’s four incoming student-athletes and the bulk of the Bulldogs’ nine returnees for the 2016 season.
“This a great step for me professionally and my future long-term goal of being a collegiate head coach,” Flores-Cloud said.
Prior to joining the Bulldogs’ program, Flores-Cloud was the girls’ volleyball coach at Maranatha High School in Pasadena, Calif. She guided the team to a second place finish in the conference and a spot in the SCIF Olympic league playoffs.
She has nine years of combined experience coaching as a head coach or assistant at the club, high school and collegiate level. Prior to Maranatha, she was a graduate assistant coach at the University of Southern California in 2011 and a volunteer assistant coach at Loyola Marymount University in 2010. During her season at USC, the Trojans advanced to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament.
“Leslie has sound experience in the game,” said Drake head coach McBroom. “She worked for two outstanding Division I programs in USC and Loyola Marymount and played at a great Division III school, La Verne, in southern California. We share similar coaching influences and her playing experience as a setter is beneficial for our setters.”
Flores also spent two years as an assistant coach at Pasadena City College, which included a highly successful 2009 season as the team won the South Coast Conference championship.
“I’m excited to work with Darrin because he has been successful at every school he has coached at and has tremendous volleyball coaching knowledge,” Flores said. “I think Drake is a special place and I’m so happy to be here.”
The California native was a two-year All-SCIAC setter at Division III powerhouse the University of La Verne (Calif.). She helped La Verne reach the NCAA Division III national Final Four in three of the four years she was on the squad. Flores was a member of the All-Tournament team at the 2005 Final Four. She was a four-year varsity letterwinner for Temple City High School and in 2002 was an All-CIF setter for Temple City's CIF championship team.
Flores has been an official lines-person for the SCIAC, Big-West, Pac-10, and various postseason tournaments and has served as the head coach of the Club Troy volleyball team since 2010. She earned her bachelor’s degree in social science from La Verne in 2007, and a master's degree in physical education from Azusa Pacific in 2009.
Mitchell McPartland joined the Drake University volleyball program as an assistant coach in July, 2016.
McPartland, Grand View University graduate and native of Boone, Iowa, brings extensive collegiate playing and coaching experience to the Bulldog bench.
McPartland was a four-year starter on the Grand View men’s volleyball team and helped lead the program to NAIA national runner-up honors in 2016. Prior to that, the team finished third in back-to-back seasons with McPartland being honored as the NAIA North Division Libero of the Year in 2014. He was also a three-time academic all-conference selection.
While competing, McPartland also began his coaching career as Grand View’s women’s junior varsity head coach and assistant varsity coach during the 2015 season. In that role, he guided the JV team to a 23-14 record and claimed the Heart of America Athletic Conference JV tournament title. In his role with the varsity team, he worked primarily with the team’s defensive specialists.
In 2014, he served as an assistant coach with the girls’ volleyball team at Boone High School and helped coach the program to a 33-7 record and the team’s first appearance in a Class 4A regional final for the first time in a decade. He also gained experience as a staff member at Iowa State’s summer volleyball camps.
In addition to his collegiate and high school coaching experience, McPratland has a deep background in coaching at the club level. He is currently the head coach of the Iowa Power Volleyball Alliance’s 16-1 team and previously served as a coach for the All Iowa Attack Volleyball Club and Johnston Volleyball Club.
McPartland received his bachelor’s degree in health promotion with a focus in wellness from Grand View in May of 2016, graduating magna cum laude. He was a member of the President’s list and a six-time Dean’s List honoree.
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