Northwest Nazarene University president David Alexander introduced Dave Daniels as the new Crusader men’s basketball head coach this afternoon at a press conference held at the Johnson Sports Center.
“I am excited about welcoming Dave Daniels to the NNU community,” Alexander commented. “He brings with him a wealth of experience, from playing on the Canadian Olympic team, to his ten years with Campus Crusade for Christ’s Athletes in Action. He is committed to developing our men’s basketball program as well as developing young men of character.”
The head coach at NCAA Division II member Colorado Christian University for the past five seasons, Daniels led the Cougars to the NCAA Division II National Tournament in 2008 and was named the 2007-08 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Coach-of-the-Year.
“Dave has a strong background in NCAA Division II basketball with his recent work in the tough Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference,” commented NNU Athletic Director Rich Sanders. “With his experience at Colorado Christian he has a great feel for campus life on a Christian campus and has a recruiting network that reaches across all levels of collegiate and international basketball.”
“With deep roots in the Northwest from his playing days in the NWAACC, Dave will provide strong spiritual leadership to our student-athletes and mental toughness on the floor,” Sanders added.
A 2004 inductee into the Colorado Christian University Hall of Fame, Daniels was a first-team all-conference player at both Clackamas Community College in Oregon City, Ore., and at Colorado Christian. Named the 1993 Colorado Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player, Daniels ranked second nationally in assists and led his team to two Colorado Athletic Conference titles.
Following his collegiate career, Daniels professional playing experience began with the Denver Nuggets at the 1993 Rocky Mountain Review NBA Summer League and continued with both the Rochester Renegades and the Yakima Sun Kings in the CBA during the 1993-94 season. Joining Athletes in Action in 1994, Daniels playing career culminated in the 1998 World Championships and the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, representing the Canadian National Team where he served as the point guard behind NBA All-Star Steve Nash.
The head coach for Athletes in Action for six years, Daniels returned to his alma mater as head coach in 2005 and led the Cougars to RMAC Tournament births four times, reached the RMAC Final Four three times, and captured the RMAC East Division Championship during the 2007-08 season.
Developing an NCAA D.II All-American and 10 RMAC All-Conference players, Daniels also led the Cougars to a third-place finish at the 2008-09 National Christian College Athletic Association National Tournament.