Donny Daniels begins his second season as the Director of Basketball Player Development with the University of Utah’s men’s basketball program.

Daniels makes his way back to the U following coaching stops at Cal State Fullerton, UCLA and, most recently, Gonzaga. In his nine seasons in Spokane, Daniels was instrumental in helping lead the Bulldogs to an overall record of 277-49, eight West Coach Conference regular-season championships, and nine NCAA Tournament appearances, including five Sweet Sixteen’s, three Elite Eights and a NCAA runner-up finish in 2017.

Daniels served as an assistant coach for the Runnin’ Utes under head coach Rick Majerus from 1990-2000. During Daniels’ 11 seasons at Utah, the Utes reached the NCAA Tournament eight times and were the national runner-ups in 1998. Daniels was also the chief recruiter of Andre Miller and Keith Van Horn to Salt Lake City.

“Donny brings a wealth of experience and value to our program,” Krystkowiak noted. “His basketball knowledge, his life experiences and his community impact alone will go far in connecting our program’s past with the present.

Today I picked Donny’s brain on basketball player development and what it takes to be successful on and off the court.  Listen to this week’s podcast and learn…

  • Why every basketball program should work on player development
  • How the game keeps evolving
  • What he looks for on recruiting visits
  • Advice he gives to new coaches

Are you prepared for 2021?  Listen to New Year’s Resolution vs Commitment and make 2021 the best year of your life!

basketball player development


Here’s where you can find Donny Daniels

University of Utah