The UConn men’s basketball team made a move to strengthen its roster, literally, for next season.
The Huskies on Tuesday hired Carlos Daniel as the program’s new director of strength and conditioning.
Daniel comes to UConn from the University of Texas, and has held similar jobs at Southern Methodist University and with the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans.
“I’m really honored to be joining the UConn family,” Daniel said in a statement. “It’s a tremendous opportunity for me and I’m humbled to become part of it.”
Daniel was most recently director of applied sports science at St. David’s Healthcare, a medical center in Austin affiliated with Texas athletics.
Before that, he was strength coach for SMU’s men’s basketball team in 2015-16. He spent five years as the Pelicans’ director of athletic development.
Daniel, 41, was a standout forward on the Washington State basketball team. He averaged 16.1 points and 10.1 rebounds as a senior in 1997-98.
“The experience that Carlos brings to our program in weight training and development at so many basketball levels is immeasurable,” UConn coach Kevin Ollie said in a statement.
“His success throughout his career demonstrates how well he relates to the players he mentors. I’m excited to have him as a member of our UConn staff.”
Daniel replaces Travis Illian, who was let go in March after the season.