Eric Daniels is in his second year an assistant coach after spending one season as SMU's Coordinator of Quality Control (Defense).
In Daniels' first season, he coached several first-time starters, and turned the tandem of Randall Joyner and Kevin Pope into one of the American's most-feared defensive tandems.
Daniels spent the 2010 season as a member of the SMU strength & conditioning staff. It was his second as a member of the Mustang football staff, after previously working with the SMU defense in 2009.
Daniels began his coaching career at Hardin-Simmons University as the inside linebackers coach in 2007. He then moved to Angelo State University in 2008 to coach inside and outside linebackers in a 3-4 scheme. Daniels coached four All-Conference linebackers and set a Lonestar Conference record by having three different linebackers receive Conference Defensive Player of the Week in the 2009 season.
Daniels is originally from Rockwall, Texas, and began his playing career as a linebacker at Baylor University before finishing his career at Hardin-Simmons where he earned his Bachelor's degree in physical education. While coaching at Angelo State, he earned his Master's degree in student development and leadership in higher education.