Dan Ploog is in his fourth season as an assistant coach at Azusa Pacific, his fifth season alongside head coach T.J. Hardeman.
Ploog played 4 seasons at Golden State Athletic Conference rival Biola, where he helped lead the Eagles to 4 straight NAIA Tournaments for the first time in program history. A 3-year starter who carved a reputation as a hard-nosed rebounder and one of the GSAC's toughest defenders, Ploog led Biola to a 4-year record of 115-28, including a 46-14 clip in conference play. Over his final 3 campaigns, he averaged 5.3 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.
All 4 of Ploog's Biola teams won opening-round national tournament games, posting a 4-year NAIA Tournament record of 7-4, and he was a member of the 2000 squad that remains the last Eagle team to reach the Final Four. Ploog held Biola's career record for games played for 2 seasons and now ranks third all-time with 136 games.
Ploog's younger brother, David, who also played at Biola, followed Hardeman as head coach at Hope International for 3 years.
Ploog works as a pharmaceutical sales representative, and he is married to Hardeman's oldest daughter, Heidi, who also played 4 seasons at Biola. The couple has 2 sons, Vander (4) and Hudson (2), and they reside in Fullerton.