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Elliott Daniels
Elliott  Daniels

Associate AD/Student-Athlete Engagement



Spartan Athletics Announces Staff Promotions

Haller named Chief of Staff, Moeder named Chief Financial Officer, Daniels and Larson promoted to Associate AD.

Elliott Daniels moved to athletic administration in July 2017 and was named Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Engagement. Daniels spent the previous 14 years working in the Student-Athlete Support Services (SASS) department serving in various capacities, most recently as the Director of Learning and Retention for Student-Athletes.

In his new role, Daniels will support student-athletes in their overall development throughout their time at MSU, focusing on personal development, leadership education and engaging student-athletes in their transition to and from the campus community.

In his previous position as the Director of Learning and Retention, Daniels assisted the Executive Associate Athletic Director/Director of SASS with the overall management and daily operation of the SASS unit, supervising full-time staff, graduate assistants and interns, and administering programming for the Spartan football program. Ensuring that all student-athletes received effective and efficient services, Daniels had oversight of learning and retention services, which included learning disability services and learning assistant and tutorial programming, while managing transition programs and facets of student-athlete development programming for Spartan football.

Throughout his time at MSU, Daniels has worked with various programs including balancing both the men's basketball and football teams from 2007-2012. During this time, both teams posted highs or all-time 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 has been an active member of various organizations including Minority Opportunities Athletic Administration (MOAA), National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), and National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A). He served as Chair of the N4A Ethnic Concerns Committee from 2012-2013 and received N4A Individual Certification in 2011.

Daniels also is an instructor in the Eli Broad College of Business through the Management Department. He directs and serves as Lead Faculty for Sports Business Management Minor, a program he created in 2015. 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 2003 and completed a master's of science in sports administration from MSU in June 2005.

He and his wife Tisha have a daughter.

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