MT. PLEASANT — Marvellander (MD) Daniels sent a bolt of energy into a packed Espy-McCurdy Conference Room when he walked in as the new head coach for Iowa Wesleyan football.
Daniels was announced as the new head coach by Athletic Director Derek Zander. Zander said the school went through over 100 candidates, eventually narrowing it down to Daniels through a series of interviews.
“I’m here to win,” Daniels said in front of a standing-room only crowd. “My coaching staff and my players are going to expect to win, and we’re going to do everything we can to win. Before my time is up, I’m going to bring a championship here. That is my goal, and that should be every one of your goals as well.”
Daniels isn’t a stranger to IW. He was hired at IW in July to be the new Defensive Coordinator, so he has one season under his belt as a Tiger. Although the team had a rough year, going 0-10 overall and 0-8, the Tigers were actually fifth in total defense, finishing right in the middle of the pack.
Before coming to IW, Daniels spent the 2018 season as the Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator for Ranger High School in Ranger, Texas. He also spent five years at McMurry University, an NCAA Division III school in Abilene, Texas. In Texas, Daniels was fortunate enough to learn from former IW football coach Hale Mumme.
Daniels outlined his vision for both the offensive and defensive side of the ball, hinting that the Tigers will be airing the ball out more in the upcoming years.
“It’s been 28 years since the air raid was back at Iowa Wesleyan,” Daniels said. “It’s here. We’re going to throw the football, we’re going to score a lot of points, and we’re going to play fast.”
Daniels says he wants his team to be competing for the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference championship in his third year, and he plans on doing it with the perfect mix of dynamic offense and tough defense.
“Offense sells tickets and defense wins championships,” Daniels said. “We’re going to put butts in those seats on Saturdays, and we’re going to play tough defensive football.”
Daniels says he is ready to target not only the state of Iowa, but surrounding states as well. He has already been on the recruiting trail and plans on meeting with high school coaches around the area to get better acquainted.
Daniels will be replacing Michael Richtman, who announced his plans to resign at the end of the season in the final few weeks of the 2019 season. Daniels will be the 50th head coach in Iowa Wesleyan football history.