Donny Daniels begins his 11th season as an assistant coach with the Runnin' Utes. A part of Majerus' staff all 10 years of his tenure at Utah, Daniels has helped lead the Utes to the eighth-best winning percentage in the nation during the '90s, as well as seven conference championships and seven NCAA Tournaments.
Daniels coaches the big men extensively and, off the court, is in charge of the Utes' recruiting efforts. Daniels played an integral role in recruiting former All-Americans and current NBA players Keith Van Horn and Andre Miller.
The Utes have had great success with their front line players during the last decade, much of it due to Daniels' coaching ability. Players such as All-American Michael Doleac, who was taken 12th in the 1998 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic, as well as all-conference selections Paul Afeaki and Walter Watts, have all benefitted from Daniels' tutelage. One of his current pupils, senior Hanno Möttölä, is a Wooden Award candidate and a Playboy All-American.
Daniels has also stepped in for Majerus as acting head coach on three occasions, coaching the Utes to a pair of wins over Hawaii and San Diego State during the 1993-94 season and a road win over the Rainbows during the 1995-96 campaign.
Daniels came to Utah from Cal State-Fullerton, where he spent three years as an assistant coach from 1986-89. Before working for the Titans, he was the head coach at Los Angeles Harbor Junior College in Wilmington, Calif. In two seasons at Los Angeles Harbor, he posted a 33-29 record and made two trips to the state playoffs, advancing to the final round of eight in 1985-86. His coaching experience also includes stints as an assistant coach at Verbum Dei High School during the 1978-79 season, and a part-time assistant coaching job at Cal State-Fullerton from 1979-84.
A native of the Los Angeles area, Daniels graduated from Verbum Dei High School, where he was an excellent all-around athlete. He played two seasons at L.A. Harbor Junior College and was named team MVP as a sophomore. He spent the last two seasons of his college career (1974-76) at Fullerton under coach Bobby Dye and was selected the team's top defensive player as a senior. He graduated from Cal State-Fullerton in 1977 with a degree in criminal justice.
The 45-year-old Daniels has three children, Eric (15), Kalynn (13) and Sarah (9).
Personal Birthdate: August 3, 1954 Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif. High School: Verbum Dei
College Education: Cal State-Fullerton, B.A. Criminal Justice '77
Playing Experience 1972-74 Los Angeles Harbor Junior College 1974-76 Cal State-Fullerton
Coaching Career 1978-79 Verbum Dei High School (Los Angles, Calif.), Assistant Coach 1979-84 Cal State-Fullerton, Part-Time Assistant Coach 1984-86 L.A. Harbor Junior College (Wilmington, Calif.), Head Coach 1986-89 Cal State-Fullerton, Assistant Coach 1989-Present Utah, Assistant Coach