Jerome Daniels leads the Bears into battle as the interim head football coach at Phoenix College for the second straight year. Daniels-who became a very familiar name to Phoenix-area football fans after being part of the Arizona Cardinals' offensive line for three seasons-enters his fourth year with the program and his 5th year of coaching in the Western States Football League. After breaking into the league as an assistant coach at Mesa Community College in 2009, Daniels joined the Bears' staff in 2010, working with both the Bears' offensive linemen and tight ends. Daniels then focused solely on the O-line in 2011 before being named interim head coach in August of 2011. Following the hiring of Jeremy Richardson as the program's head coach in January of this year, Daniels stayed with the program, moving to the defensive side of the ball for the first time in his coaching career as the Bears' Defensive Coordinator. Upon Richardson's resignation in August, Daniels once again ascended to the top spot while still maintaining his D-Coordinator status.
As a player, Daniels was an NCAA 1st Team All-American offensive lineman at Northeastern University. That drew the attention of several NFL scouts, most notably those of the Miami Dolphins, who made Jerome their 4th-round pick in the 1997 NFL Draft. Daniels then moved to the Grand Canyon State, playing for the Cardinals for three seasons.
Daniels will once again use his wide range of football knowledge to mold his 2013 Bears' charges into a team that will try to contend for a high seed in the brand-new WSFL Playoffs this October.