June 27, 2013
DALLAS (SMU) - Eric Daniels (Linebackers) and Carlos Barocio-Leon (Special Teams) have both been promoted to Assistant Coach, Head Coach June Jones announced today. Daniels, who spent the 2012 season as SMU's Coordinator of Quality Control (Defense), is entering his fourth season on the Hilltop. Barocio-Leon spent the 2012 season as Coordinator of Quality Control (Offense) and previously served as offensive graduate assistant and video graduate assistant, working with the SMU football program since 2008.
"Eric and Carlos are bright young coaches who have really proven themselves here on the Hilltop," said Jones. "They have helped us over the last few seasons and I'm sure that their impact will only increase now. We're glad to have them on staff."
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. He spent the 2011 season as a member of the SMU strength & conditioning staff and the 2010 season as a volunteer assistant with the SMU defense.
Daniels is originally from Rockwall, Texas, and began his playing career as a linebacker at Baylor 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.
Barocio-Leon came to SMU from Texas College, where he served as the Offensive Coordinator and quarterbacks coach, helping the Steers claim the CSFL Championship in 2005. He played college football for New Mexico State and then played professionally in Italy for one year with the Bergamo Lions.
After his playing days, Barocio-Leon turned to coaching and became the Offensive Coordinator at the University of Nuevo León in Monterrey, México. After two seasons, he returned to Europe and served stints as the Head Coach of the Badalona Dracs, winning two National Spanish titles and one Spain's Cup, and the Bergamo Lions, winning two Italian National Championships and two Eurobowl Titles (XIV & XV). He also served as Head Coach for the Tyrolean Raiders in Innsbruck, Austria, and, in eight years of professional head coaching experience in the European Leagues, compiled an overall record of 74-16.
Barocio-Leon has a B.A. and an M.B.A. from New Mexico State. He is fluent in Spanish and Italian and near-fluent in French and German.