Elliott Daniels
Elliott  Daniels

Director of Learning and Retention/Academic Coordinator for Football


Elliott Daniels enters his 14th year at Student-Athlete Support Services serving in various capacities, currently as Director of Learning and Retention for Student-Athletes at 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 learning and retention services, which includes learning disability services, 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 is 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.

A native of Chicago, Daniels attended Eastern Michigan University where he was a football student-athlete. A three-year letterwinner 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. Daniels and his wife Tisha have a daughter.