Daniel Leitner joined the Iowa coaching staff as a program coordinator in 2017.
Leitner helped lead the Hawkeyes to a 6-6 record during the shortened 2020 season. The Hawkeyes had their first win over a ranked opponent since 2014 defeating No. 50 Kansas State. The season was canceled by Big Ten Conference and NCAA on March 12 due to concerns of coronavirus (COVID-19).
In 2019, Leitner helped lead the Hawkeyes to the Big Ten Tournament, advancing to the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Championships. Iowa finished the season with 13 wins, the second highest total in eight years. Junior Elise van Heuvelen Treadwell was named First-Team All-Big Ten for the third year in a row.
In his first year on campus in 2018, Leitner coached the Hawkeyes to a 10-14 overall record. Senior Zoe Douglas was the Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient, and sophomore Elise Van-Heuvelen earned First-Team All-Big Ten honors for the second year in a row.
Leitner joined the Hawkeyes from Middle Tennessee State, where he served as an assistant coach on the MTSU men’s team for two seasons.
While at Middle Tennessee State, Leitner helped the Blue Raiders reach as high as No. 49 in the country. Nine of his players earned all-conference recognition and the team won the MTSU Director’s Cup Award for community service working with local schools. In 2016, MTSU secured the No. 25 recruiting class in the nation.
Leitner graduated from MTSU with a Master of Science in Leisure and Sport Management in May 2017. He played collegiately at South Alabama before graduating in 2015. As a student-athlete, he was named Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year in 2014 and 2015. He was a four-time first team all-conference honoree, and reached as high as No. 49 in the national singles rankings.
As a senior in 2015, he was named South Alabama Male Student-Athlete of the Year and the regional winner of the ITA Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sportsmanship and Leadership Award.