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UConn Men’s Basketball Strength and Conditioning Coach Carlos Daniel Leaves for NBA Job

The Huskies are in search of a new coach just a few weeks before the season.

Ian Bethune - The UConn Blog

Just six months after accepting the job at UConn, men’s basketball strength and conditioning coach Carlos Daniel is leaving Storrs to become the Denver Nuggets’ assistant strength and conditioning coach.

The news was originally reported by Chris Dempsey of Nuggets.com on Oct. 15, and the Huskies are already looking for a replacement as there’s already a job posting online.

Daniel was brought on after former strength and conditioning coach Travis Illian was let go during UConn’s disappointing 2016-17 season. Daniel’s inclusion on the staff was noted as one of the key factors in Isaiah Whaley’s commitment.

Daniel was an All-Pac 12 player during his time at Washington State in the late 1990’s and went into coaching after his career. This will be his third stint in the NBA after spending time with the Spurs and Pelicans. In 2015, he joined Larry Brown’s staff at SMU as strength and conditioning coach.

His departure shouldn’t raise any red flags — a chance to work in the NBA is hard to pass up — but the Huskies will need to fill the position quickly with the season right around the corner.