Matt Daniel returns for his fourth season as an assistant coach at Texas-Arlington. Over the past eight years, Daniel has made the transition from standout performer at the University of Colorado, to a two-year career as a point-guard at Harding University, to graduate assistant coach at Arizona State, to his first full-time position with the UTA Mavericks.
A former Arkansas "Player of the Year" at Jonesboro High School, Daniel was also named the most valuable player in the 1994 Arkansas AAAA State Tournament while leading JHS to the state championship. A McDonald's All-American nominee, Daniel originally signed with Colorado and became the first freshman in school history to work his way into the starting lineup for a post-season game when the Buffaloes played in the 1995 National Invitation Tournament. He was also named to the Academic All-Big 8 Team in 1995.
Following a two-year stint at Harding, Daniel turned his attention to coaching as he assumed the duties as a graduate assistant at Arizona State.
For the second straight year in 2002-03, Daniel and his brother, Josh, turn Maverick basketball into a family affair, as Josh is a senior point guard for the Mavericks.