Dan Ploog is in his seventh season as an assistant coach at Azusa Pacific, his eighth season alongside head coach T.J. Hardeman.
Ploog played four seasons at Golden State Athletic Conference rival Biola, where he helped lead the Eagles to four 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 four 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 three years.
Ploog works as a pharmaceutical sales representative, and he is married to Hardeman's oldest daughter, Heidi, who also played four seasons at Biola. The couple has two sons, Vander (7) and Hudson (5), and they reside in Fullerton.