Dantiel Daniels joins the Lincoln Trail Statesmen men’s basketball team as a first-year assistant coach out of Colorado State University, where he received his master’s in education and human resource studies and served as a graduate assistant for the men’s basketball program.
Daniels started his athletic career at Wentzville Holt High School in Missouri. He earned a scholarship to play at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where he was named to the all-freshman team and led the Missouri Valley Conference in blocked shots as a true freshman. After the 2012-13 season, Daniels transferred to Colorado State University, where he sat out the 2013-14 season due to transfer rules. He then helped the team to a record-breaking season of 27 wins and 7 losses in 2014-15.
After Daniels graduated with a degree in interdisciplinary liberal arts, he played professionally in Salo, Finland, then returned to Colorado State as a graduate assistant for the men’s basketball program. In that role, he assisted with day-to-day management and program operations as well as organization, recruitment, and evaluation of student-athletes. Additionally, Daniels assisted in conducting and supervising practices for player conditioning, prepared and implemented game strategies and analytics, provided leadership and supervision of player academic progress and personal development, and participated in promotions and public-relations events to advance the program.
His next stop was playing professional basketball in Montevideo, Uruguay. Daniels finished his professional career playing two years in China.