Vanderbilt head men’s basketball coach Jerry Stackhouse has announced the hiring of Carlos Daniel as the team’s strength and conditioning coach. Daniel comes to Nashville after spending the last two seasons as an assistant strength and conditioning coach with the Denver Nuggets.
Daniel has over 18 years of professional experience in basketball, both as a player and as a coach, which includes 12 years of experience in the fitness industry.
Before his time with the Nuggets, Daniel was the Director of Men’s Basketball Strength and Conditioning for the University of Connecticut in 2017. He has also worked at St. David’s HealthCare at the University of Texas from 2016-17, where he served as the Director of Applied Sports Science, and as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for men’s basketball and men’s tennis at Southern Methodist University in 2015-16.
Prior to his stint with the Mustangs, Daniel worked for six years in the NBA, serving as the Strength and Conditioning and Player Development Intern for the San Antonio Spurts in 2009-10 and the Assistant Coach and Director of Athletic Development for the New Orleans Pelicans from 2010-15.
Daniel was a two-time Academic All-American and a first-team Pac-10 All-Academic Team member from 1994-98 at Washington State, where he played basketball and earned a degree in History. He graduated in 2010 from California University of Pennsylvania with a Master’s degree in Exercise Science, and is currently a candidate for Ph.D. in Health Science and Human Performance at Concordia University of Chicago.
Daniel’s professional certifications include the Certified Functional Strength Coach (CFSC), National Academy of Sports Medicine Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES), Functional Movement Screen (FMS), National Academy of Speed and Explosion (NASE), Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), and Muscle Activation Therapy, Lower Body Jumpstart (MAT/LBJS).