Bears Officially Name Jerome Daniels as Head Football Coach
Phoenix College has announced that they have officially named Jerome Daniels as Bears’ Head Football Coach, removing the ‘interim’ from his title. Daniels has served as the interim head coach of the program each of the last two seasons-over two different stints. The announcement comes just six weeks after Daniels and the Bears’ Football team made history by participating in the first-ever playoff game in Western States Football League history October 26th in Glendale.
While Daniels will now begin his third year with the title of ‘Bears’ Head Coach’ by his name, it will be the first time that he will have the chance to overhaul the program in his image. It’s an image that fans of college football and the National Football League know rather well, since the star offensive lineman from Northeastern University parlayed a pair of NCAA All-American selections into becoming a 4th-round draft pick of the Miami Dolphins in the 1997 NFL Draft. After seeing time during his rookie season with the Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens and Arizona Cardinals, Daniels moved into the starting lineup on the Cardinals’ offensive line in 1998. Daniels spent four years with the Cards until injuries curtailed his NFL career in 2002.
As far as his coaching career is concerned, the native of Hartford, Connecticut just completed his fourth year with the Bears’ Football program, and his fifth season as a coach in the WSFL. Daniels first broke into the league as an assistant coach for Mesa Community College for the 2009 season, then joined Land Jacobsen’s staff at PC in 2010 as an assistant overseeing of both tight ends and the offensive line. A year later, his main coaching focus became the offensive line. Daniels returned to the team for preparations of the 2012 season, and promptly became the interim head coach for the first time after the sudden passing of Jacobsen in mid-July. With only a month to get the team ready, Daniels led the Bears to three wins during that season. When Jeremy Richardson was named the head coach earlier this year, Daniels remained with the staff, becoming the team’s defensive coordinator, but was thrust back into the main chair when Richardson suddenly resigned two days before the team’s 2013 season opener while continuing to oversee the team’s defense.
His ability to keep the team focused throughout the adversity became one of the main reasons he rose to being the top candidate to stay in the head coaching chair. “His academic and athletic success as a player-combined with that same focus as a coach-made him our preferred candidate,” said PC Athletic Director Samantha Ezell. “We’re anticipating success on and off the field with Jerome-now that he has the opportunity to recruit for and coach the Phoenix College Football team without restrictions.” Daniels has already spent the last month hitting the recruiting trail hard and overhauling his coaching staff for the 2013 season, which begins August 23rd against Pima Community College at Hogan Field at Hoy Stadium on the PC campus.