Elliott Daniels
Elliott  Daniels

Director of Learning and Retention/Academic Coordinator for Football


Elliott Daniels enters his 10th year at Student-Athlete Support Services serving in various capacities, currently as Director of Learning and Retention for SASS. In this role, he assists the Associate Athletic Director/SASS Director with the overall management and daily operation of the Student-Athlete Services Unit, supervises full-time staff, graduate assistants and interns and administers programming for the Spartan Football program. Responsibilities include implementing academic resources and services, developing retention strategies, monitoring progress through graduation and assisting with all academic and university related areas for at-risk and good standing student-athletes. Ensuring that all student-athletes receive effective and efficient services, Daniels has oversight of LEAP (Learning Enhancement Academic Programming) which includes Learning Disability Services, Learning Assistant and Tutorial Programming, and facets of Student-Athlete Development Programming.

Throughout his time at MSU, Daniels has worked with various programs including balancing both men’s Basketball and football programs from 2007-2012. During this time, both teams posted highs in several GPA categories multiple times and have maintained high APR standards. Other programs Daniels has worked with include men’s golf, wrestling and women’s basketball. In addition, he has served as Special Assistant to the Faculty Athletic Representative and Chair for MSU’s Athletic Council. He also is an active member of various organizations including Minority Opportunities Athletic Administration (MOAA), National Association of Collegiate Director’s of Athletics (NACDA), and National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A). He currently serves as Chair for the N4A Ethnic Concerns Committee and received N4A Individual Certification in 2011.

A native of Chicago, Daniels attended Eastern Michigan University where he was a football student-athlete. A three-year letter winner for the Eagles (1999-2001), Daniels was one of the top scholars on the team, being awarded numerous Athletic Director Honor Roll awards while earning a spot on the All-MAC Academic Team three times. He earned a bachelor’s of business administration in management from EMU in April of 2003 and completed a master’s of science in sports administration from MSU in June of 2005. When not servicing the needs of student-athletes, Elliott enjoys spending time with his lovely wife Tisha.

Guest Lecturer and Presenter
Daniels is no stranger to lecturing and presenting during his career. While at MSU, he has been a regular Guest Lecturer for undergraduate and graduate courses in the College of Business, College of Education and Department of Kinesiology. Additionally, Daniels has taken the opportunity to present at area schools, community events and youth camps to promote the importance obtaining a college education and making the right decisions to ensure success.

National Exposure/Recognition
Daniels continues to represent MSU on a national level as a regular participant at conferences and meetings. In 2009, Daniels was nominated and awarded the N4A Professional Promise Award and in 2011 also nominated and selected as Chair-Elect for the N4A Ethnic Concerns Committee. Other activities have included presentations on student development from an athlete perspective at the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) National Conference, attending the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) summit to discuss diversity issues in higher education and regularly presenting at the N4A National Convention. More recently, he served as the Keynote Speaker for a webinar series hosted by School Specialty entitled Student-Athlete Development: Helping Student Athletes Reach Their Full Potential. To hear this webinar, please go to http://he.premier.us/Athletics-Webinar.