COACHING: LeCharls McDaniel begins his first season at Cal in charge of Golden Bear special teams. A coach with a wealth of experience, both at the NFL and college levels, McDaniel will oversee all aspects of the kicking and return units. In addition, McDaniel will assist secondary coach Randy Stewart with Cal's defensive backs.
With McDaniel's hiring last March, head coach Tom Holmoe made a strong statement regarding an emphasis on special teams. Over the past several years, the Bears have relied on various assistant coaches to handle the duties. McDaniel, though, will coordinate the efforts himself and will be able to give more personal attention to all areas.
McDaniel arrived at Cal after spending the past four seasons with the Washington Redskins, the last three as special teams coach. In 1999, the Redskins finished among the top five in the NFL in field goal success rate (3rd), punt average (5th) and kickoff return yards (2nd). The Redskins' Brian Mitchell also led the league in combined kickoff and punt return yardage.
A northern California native, McDaniel started his coaching career in 1986 at Hartnell CC in Salinas, where he served as assistant football coach and head softball coach. In 1989, he moved to the NFL as assistant special teams coach with the San Diego Chargers, helping the Chargers rank No. 1 in the league in overall special teams in 1990.
McDaniel returned to the college ranks in 1992 as secondary and special teams coach at Cal Poly, then coached wide receivers with the Phoenix Cardinals from 1993-94. From 1994-95, McDaniel was secondary coach and special teams coordinator under Ted Tollner at San Diego State. He then spent one year as a scout with the Philadelphia Eagles before joining the Redskins' staff under Norv Turner in 1997.
PLAYER: A star defensive back, McDaniel led Cal Poly to the NCAA Division II national title in 1980. He signed with the Redskins as a free agent in 1981 and spent four years in the NFL (Redskins 1981-82 and New York Giants 1983-84). He was a member of Washington's Super Bowl XVII champion team.
PERSONAL:McDaniel, 43, was born Oct. 15, 1958 in Ft. Bragg, N.C. He graduated from Seaside HS near Monterey. He received his bachelor's degree in social sciences from Cal Poly in 1981. McDaniel and his wife, Sheryl, have three children, Michael, Michelle and Keisha.
- Favorite Coaching Moment: The idea of coaching and working with men who want to succeed and improve each time they step on the field.
- Favorite Book: Black Profiles in Courage by Kareem Abdur-Jabbar and Alan Steinberg
- Favorite Movie: Gladiator
- Most Influential Coaches in Career: 1. Bill Parcells, 2. Ted Tollner, 3. Larry Pasquale/Claude Gilbert
- Favorite Off-field Activity or Hobby: Listening to music, traveling, history