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strikenowhere
04-03-2018, 09:32 AM
Hey guys,

Just curious about Donny Daniels - what exactly is his deal? Is he going to eventually move on to a HC job? Is he rooted in Washington? Things seem stable with Few & Lloyd, but haven't heard much about Daniels being mentioned in the yearly coaching carousel.

Mr Vulture
04-03-2018, 09:36 AM
I always got the impression that Donny was happy coaching big guys as an assistant coach. Maybe he doesn't want to deal with the rigors of being a HC again after his time at CS Fullerton in the early 2000's?? Interesting question though...

Zagdawg
04-03-2018, 09:38 AM
Good question -- he is 63 years old -- he does have HC expereince -- but maybe he does not want to get back into the grind -- he has a pretty comfortable thing going for him.

Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1978–1980 Cal State Fullerton (asst.)
1980–1981 Verbum Dei HS (asst.)
1981–1984 Cal State Fullerton (asst.)
1984–1986 Los Angeles Harbor CC
1986–1989 Cal State Fullerton (asst.)
1989–2000 Utah (asst.)
2000–2003 Cal State Fullerton
2003–2010 UCLA (asst.)
2010–present Gonzaga (asst.)

kitzbuel
04-03-2018, 09:46 AM
All I know is that GU has started routinely cranking out NBA big men ever since he showed up.

Coach Crazy
04-03-2018, 09:55 AM
Good question -- he is 63 years old -- he does have HC expereince -- but maybe he does not want to get back into the grind -- he has a pretty comfortable thing going for him.

Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1978–1980 Cal State Fullerton (asst.)
1980–1981 Verbum Dei HS (asst.)
1981–1984 Cal State Fullerton (asst.)
1984–1986 Los Angeles Harbor CC
1986–1989 Cal State Fullerton (asst.)
1989–2000 Utah (asst.)
2000–2003 Cal State Fullerton
2003–2010 UCLA (asst.)
2010–present Gonzaga (asst.)

HC gigs aren't always what they are cracked up to be. I don't blame him for not pursuing that option more. If you can get a nice situation as a consultant (like Tex Winter did, at one point. ), or do what guys like Tommy and DD are doing, it can be a sweet situation. Can afford for more time with family and less stress. You get paid less, but the money isn't always worth it. And you've got more job security and mobility as an assistant. If I ever pursued coaching again, 0% chance I'd ever consider the HC route.

Zagceo
04-03-2018, 10:02 AM
I've said hello and good luck to Donnie on several occasions before games....always seems happy and relaxed. Very comfortable IMO.

zagfan08
04-03-2018, 11:35 AM
I actually spoke to someone who knows Coach Daniels a couple months ago. Said he loves Spokane prefers it over Los Angeles from his stint at UCLA. My guess is he's content to stay on the staff in his role.

Coach Few seems to have found a staff of really good coaches who like Spokane and are content working as a team without getting credit as the top guy. A really impressive crew of assistants who have been with the program long-term. Pretty unique.

zagdontzig
04-03-2018, 01:07 PM
His time at Utah was invaluable. He helped produce Keith Van Horn and a national title appearance with Utah.

I also speculate he prefers deep-diving player development as opposed to managing all aspects of the team, but that's all based on observation. He always seems to have a very close personal relationship with the roster.

Zags11
04-03-2018, 01:31 PM
I've said hello and good luck to Donnie on several occasions before games....always seems happy and relaxed. Very comfortable IMO.

This.

TexasZagFan
04-03-2018, 02:30 PM
Coach Daniels and I are the same age, I think I may have him by a few months. After chasing my tail for 40+ years, I am perfectly content doing what I’m doing...mostly retired, spending more time with my kids and Big D. He’s probably making plenty of money, but without the hassle that comes with being a head coach.

I see him as the wise, “elder statesman” of the coaching staff, someone who is good at being a mentor.

CDC84
04-03-2018, 02:37 PM
I actually spoke to someone who knows Coach Daniels a couple months ago. Said he loves Spokane prefers it over Los Angeles from his stint at UCLA. My guess is he's content to stay on the staff in his role.

Coach Few seems to have found a staff of really good coaches who like Spokane and are content working as a team without getting credit as the top guy. A really impressive crew of assistants who have been with the program long-term. Pretty unique.

One of the things that he likes about Spokane is the cost of living. One of the big issues that comes up whenever a coach considers the UCLA head coaching job is the pay his assistants will get. Westwood is unbelievably expensive, as is the surrounding area. Obviously, you don't want to live too far from campus. Then you'll be spending half your day on the freeway. I have no idea where Donny lived when he was working under Howland, but you're kind of stuck between a rock and a hard place as a UCLA assistant.

roxdoc
04-03-2018, 09:12 PM
Probably not in the "Wilshire Canyon"

CDC84
04-04-2018, 10:46 AM
Or Beverly Hills