November 26, 2012

McDaniels Named Roberts Wesleyan Head Coach

New Roberts Wesleyan coach Brendan McDaniels
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from press release

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Roberts Wesleyan College Athletic Director Mike Faro announced Brendan McDaniels as the second head women's lacrosse coach in program history on Monday Nov. 26. McDaniels served as an assistant coach during the Redhawks inaugural season in 2012 helping the team to a 5-8 overall record.

McDaniels originally joined the women's lacrosse staff at Roberts Wesleyan after two successful seasons as an assistant coach with the Nazareth College women's lacrosse program. McDaniels helped guide the Golden Flyers to a 21-11 record during that time with back-to-back appearances in the Empire 8 Conference Semifinals.

"I am very excited about the opportunity to build a quality lacrosse program here at Roberts Wesleyan," McDaniels said. "I would like to thank the administration at Roberts Wesleyan for giving me this unique opportunity to develop a young lacrosse program to meet the values, character, and beliefs that the Roberts embraces. I look forward to working with our student-athletes to foster an environment where everyone can be successful both on and off the field."

McDaniels has also served as the head women's lacrosse coach in Niagara County Community College in 2009 and head coach of the boy's lacrosse program at St. Mary's High School in suburban Buffalo. In three seasons at St. Mary's (2005-07), he led the team to two consecutive Independent Lacrosse Conference championship games while mentoring eight First Team All-Conference players.

Away from the field, McDaniels is a highly respected lacrosse announcer. Currently, McDaniels is the halftime reporter for the National Lacrosse League's Rochester Knighthawks TV broadcasts and is a color analyst for Major League Lacrosse on ESPN3. He has appeared on ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPN Regional, SportsNet NY, MSG, The SCORE (Canada), Comcast Sports, the NLL Network and Time Warner Cable SportsNet.

McDaniels has a bachelor's degree in Journalism/Mass Communication from St. Bonaventure where he played club lacrosse and completing his Masters in Education from Nazareth College. He resides in Greece with his seven-year-old son, Aaron.

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