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Utah Valley University Wolverines Men's Basketball Team against the Western Colorado University Mountaineers in the UCCU Center on the UVU campus in Orem, Utah on Tuesday November 28, 2018. (Jay Drowns / UVU Marketing)

Utah Valley men’s basketball coach Mark Madsen has retained Eric Daniels as an assistant coach on his staff, he announced on Tuesday. Daniels will enter his fifth season as an assistant coach for the Wolverines in 2019-20.

“I could not be more excited to bring Eric Daniels back as an assistant coach to Utah Valley. Eric has been a key figure in helping to elevate this team to new heights over the past four years. Eric’s knowledge of X’s and O’s is comprehensive and deep. His on-court player development work is best in class. Eric is also an exceptional recruiter who is deeply respected by current Utah Valley players as well as recruits and their families. Retaining Eric was a top priority and I am thrilled that he is returning,” Madsen said.

Daniels has helped the Wolverines to four record-breaking seasons during his time at UVU. The team most recently won a school-record 25 games during the 2018-19 season and made a third straight appearance at the College Basketball Invitational. With the 25 wins last season, UVU secured back-to-back 20-plus win seasons for the first time in school history. The team also picked up a win over CSUN in the first round of the CBI, marking the third-straight season that the Wolverines have won a game in a national postseason tournament.

Utah Valley won 22 straight games at the UCCU Center from 2017-2019—the second-longest active home winning streak in the nation at the time. UVU holds an impressive 30-2 record at home over the last two seasons. As an assistant coach at UVU, Daniels helped UVU make the nation’s biggest three-year jump in the KenPom.com rankings, taking the team from No. 343 during the 2015-16 season to No. 91 at the end of the 2017-18 season.

Utah Valley has compiled a 77-56 record during Daniels’ four seasons with the team.

Daniels joined the Wolverines in 2015 after spending a year on the basketball operations staff for the Orlando Magic. He helped the Magic in a variety or roles, including on-court work, player development, and video.

He also spent five seasons as an assistant coach at Regis University where he was responsible for recruiting and player development. Daniels also served as an assistant coach at Southern Utah during the 2008-09 season.

A native of Salt Lake City, Daniels played collegiately at Johnson & Wales University in Denver from 2004-08. He scored 1,191 points at the NAIA Division II school while also leading the Wildcats to the 2005 NAIA National Tournament in Branson, Mo. Daniels is the all-time career leader in both points (1,191) and steals (306) at JWU.

Daniels earned honorable mention all-NAIA team honors after averaging 15.8 points and 3.0 steals per game his senior season. He averaged 4.6 steals per game his junior season which led both the NAIA and NCAA. Daniels wrapped up his four-year career with the Wildcats averaging 11.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 3.0 steals per game.

Daniels graduated from Johnson & Wales University in 2008 with a degree in marketing. He also earned a master’s degree in non-profit management from Regis in 2012.

Daniels is the son of former Gonzaga men’s basketball assistant coach Donny Daniels, who also spent time as an assistant coach at UCLA and Utah before serving as the head coach at Cal State Fullerton.

Darnell Dickson, who has been covering sports in Utah since 1989 (with a detour to Nebraska for three years somewhere in there), is currently the BYU football columnist and BYU men’s basketball beat writer.

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