The Eagles and Terrapins square off at noon on Saturday
The Eagles take on the Hurricanes (Fri., 7 p.m.) and the Seminoles (Sun., 1 p.m.) this weekend
Edgard Da Gama E Silva begins his fourth season as an assistant coach with the Boston College volleyball program in 2014. Da Gama, who goes by Dega, brings 15 years of collegiate and international coaching experience to The Heights. Dega assists in practice and match planning efforts, recruiting, video and statistical analysis and community service initiatives.
In his three seasons at BC, Dega has worked diligently to improve the program. BC's RPI has jumped from 216 in 2010, the year before his arrival, to 156 in 2012, Dega's second season with the program. Dega helped guide 2012 ACC All-Freshman Team selection Katty Workman to a strong rookie campaign and proved instrumental in bringing BC's total Power Gym attendance to an all-time high in 2012 behind the support of 2,869 fans. In 2013, Dega assisted multiple Eagles to record breaking seasons, landing five different players on various BC all-time record lists.
Dega came to BC after three years as an assistant coach at Auburn University. Over that span, he helped the Tigers improve from a mid-200 RPI to No. 45 in the final 2010 poll and receive their first-ever entry into the NCAA Tournament.
Prior to guiding Auburn to the postseason, Dega constructed a collegiate coaching background at Eastern Washington University, North Idaho Women's College and Washington State.
In his first collegiate position at EWU, the Eagles finished with a 23-9 overall record and took second place in the Big Sky Conference with a 10-4 mark.
Dega then headed to North Idaho in 2006, where he instructed the Cardinals to conference championship and fourth place finish at NJCAA Nationals.
Over the past seven years, Dega has conducted Brazil Gold Volleyball Camps in the Washington area and served as the technical director and coach of the Skagit Volleyball Club (2004-06).
Prior to entering the collegiate ranks, Dega was an assistant for the Rexona Volleyball Club - a professional women's team in Brazil - under Bernardo Rezende from 2001-04. Before being appointed an assistant, Dega simultaneously interned with RVC from 1997-2000 and the world powerhouse Brazilian National Team from 1998-2000.
The native of Curitiba, Brazil earned his bachelor's degree in physical education, with a focus on coaching from Federal University of Parana in 1996. He is currently working towards a master's degree in Sport Management from the Woods College of Advancing Studies.
Dega and his wife, Cintia Alessi, reside in Newton, Mass. with their two daughters, Anna Julia Gama Silva and Beatriz Louise da Gama Silva.
The Dega File:
Hometown: Curitiba, Brazil
Education: B.S. Physical Education, Federal University of Parana, 1996