A former two-time All-Southern Conference selection at Furman, Al Daniel joined South Carolina in 2006 as the men’s basketball team’s academic counselor and now works with the men’s golf and men’s track and field teams while serving as the coordinator of student development. It’s his second stint in the SEC as he worked at Tennessee for four years from 2001-2005, spending two seasons as the Director of Basketball Operations and two seasons as an assistant coach.
A veteran of collegiate athletics, Daniel came to UT after spending the 2000-01 season at Tulsa where they won the NIT championship. His one-year stint at Tulsa marked a return to coaching for Daniel after spending three years as the associate director of Howell Sports Management, Inc.
Before taking a break from the coaching profession, Daniel spent six seasons (1990-96) as a member of Les Robinson’s coaching staff at N.C. State. Following the 1990-91 season he was promoted to associate head coach.
Spending 10 years at Furman as a coach, he spent the first nine seasons as an assistant before being promoted to associate head coach.
He averaged 19.0 points in his two-year career for the Paladins. As a junior in 1978 he led Furman to the Southern Conference championship. He poured in 29 points in leading the Paladins to an 83-70 win over UNC in 1979. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in political science from Furman in 1979, Daniel was a fourth-round pick by San Antonio in the 1979 NBA Draft.
Daniel is a member of the athletics hall of fame at Anderson Junior College and Furman University.