Dennis Danielson was the final member of the coaching staff to join the Hatters. He is fresh off a long career as a coach and scout in the numerous American football leagues that have blossomed across Europe. As of this past March there were more than 600 professional or semi-pro teams playing American football in 28 European countries.
Most recently he has worked as defensive line coach with the Swarco Raiders in Austria, helping the team to the Austrian title and a berth in the Eurobowl. Prior to that he was with the NFL’s International Player Development in London, England. His NFL Europe coaching experience also includes stops with the London Monarchs (1991-92), England Monarchs (1997-98) and Berlin Thunder (1999-2000).
While Danielson has extensive experience coaching in Europe, he got his start coaching high school football. After several stops as a high school assistant coach, he was the defensive coordinator at Groves High School in Savannah, Ga., when a young defensive back named Brian Young played for him.
His collegiate coaching career started at Willamette University in 1977 and has included stops at Wayne State (1982-88), the University of South Carolina (1990), Wingate University (1994-98) Liberty University (2000-02) and Southwest Missouri State (2003-04).
A native of Barstow, Calif., Danielson is a graduate of Willamette University and received his Master’s from Wayne State.