After a little less than four years on the job, Mike Daniels is leaving his alma mater Princeton where he had been the head football coach. The 2003 grad was a Princeton legend as a player and later moved on to play at the University of Cincinnati between 2003-2007.
Daniels has accepted a job with Army football in recruiting.
At Princeton, Daniels shattered records as a player and has a plaque in the Princeton Hall of Fame. As a quarterback, he was The Enquirer Player of the Year in 2002. That season he threw for 2,569 yards and 19 touchdowns and ran for 1,387 and 24 scores making First Team All-State.
With the Bearcats he was a running back, receiver and return specialist. After briefly working with UC Alumni, he followed former Brian Kelly assistant Jeff Quinn to Buffalo. From there he worked at Statesboro High in Georgia and Kennesaw State before returning to take over the Princeton Vikings in 2017.
"What a great time to be a Viking," said Daniels in March 2017. "This is my dream job."
When Princeton hired Daniels, he held school records in passing yards, passing attempts, touchdown passes in a game, touchdowns in a game, season pass attempts, season completions, total passing yards, single-season touchdowns thrown, single-season touchdowns scored and single-season yards gained.
Princeton Athletic Director Joe Roberts allowed Daniels to address his team which was 6-2 in the coronavirus-shortened season. He was 4-6 in his first season, 3-7 in 2018 and 6-5 in 2019 when the Vikings boasted three of the top 10 recruits in the area, including No.1, Paris Johnson, now of Ohio State. That team also had Darrion Henry-Young of the Buckeyes and Cincinnati Bearcats linebacker Jaheim Thomas.
Roberts is ready to to attract the next coach with top facilities, top talent and a top conference (GMC) full of tough competitors.
"We're going to go as quick as we can," Roberts said. "The position is now posted and we're moving as quickly as we can to identify our next head coach."
The new head coach will lead the Vikings against Anderson Aug. 19.