Aug. 29, 2006
GREELEY, Colo. - Former Washington State University standout and Colorado native Carlos Daniel has been named an assistant basketball coach at the University of Northern Colorado as announced by Bears first-year head coach Tad Boyle on Tuesday.
"I have known Carlos since he was a high school standout at Fairview High," said Boyle. "I also got the chance to coach against him during his playing days at Washington State. He brings with him the character and work ethic that will represent this program and University in a first-class manner. Carlos will give us tremendous credibility on the recruiting trail, especially in our home state of Colorado."
Daniel, a native of Louisville, Colo., played high school basketball at Fairview High in Boulder, graduating in 1994. At Fairview he was a three-year letterwinner and captained the Knights each of his final two seasons. He earned all-state honors his senior season after averaging 18.6 points and 10.5 rebounds per game and repeated that feat as a senior when he averaged 21.9 points and 15 rebounds per contest. Daniel earned McDonalds, SuperPrep and BCI All-American honors following his senior season.
Daniel played at Washington State from 1995-98 and finished his career second in career blocked shots (136) and became the first Cougar to lead WSU in blocked shots for four consecutive seasons. He also finished in WSU's career top 10 in rebounds (sixth), field goal percentage (seventh), minutes played (eighth), points (ninth) and field goals (ninth). His senior season he averaged 16.1 points and 10.1 rebounds per game, the highest rebounding average by a Washington State player in 18 years, on his way to first-team All-Pac-10 honors.
Daniel also got the job done in the classroom, earning third-team CoSIDA/GTE Academic All-American honors in both 1996-97 and 1997-98. He was also named to the Pac-10 All-Academic squad as well as winning the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award.
Following his college career Daniel played professional in the CBA (Yakima Sun Kings and Rockford Lightning), IBL (Sioux Falls Skyforce), as well as internationally in Japan (Hitachi Sunrockers), Israel (Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion), Australia (Townsville Crocodiles) and France (Angers). Daniel last played with the Yakima Sun Kings in 2004-04, when he was selected to the CBA All-Star Game.
Daniel received his degree in history from Washington State in 1998.
"I am really excited about joining the Northern Colorado basketball program," said Daniel. "This is a great chance for me to share my life and basketball experiences with a great group of young people. I would like to thank Coach Boyle and the Northern Colorado Athletic Department for this great opportunity."
Daniel and his wife, Summer, have a son, Michael Hagan-Daniel (12).
Northern Colorado begins its first season in the Big Sky Conference in 2006-07. The Bears begin the season with an exhibition game against Colorado Mines on Nov. 1 (7:05 p.m.) and kick off the regular season on Nov. 11 at Ball State.
Story courtesy of Northern Colorado Sports Information Department