Daly will replace Tim Thornton, who
accepted the head coaching job at Peoria Woodruff High School a
couple of weeks ago. Daly will work with the Illinois State tight
"This a great opportunity to come and
work with a bunch of respected coaches and to be a part of a
tremendous football conference," Daly said. "It's nice to get back
to an area that I'm familiar with, and I'm just looking forward to
the opportunity to be part of this football program."
A native of Springfield, Daly has spent
the last three seasons at Oklahoma State. The past two seasons he
coached the defensive ends and assisted with special team units. On
the defensive line, Daly coached Greg Richmond, who garnered
first-team all-Big XII honors in 2003.
In 2001 with the Cowboys, Daly assisted
with the offensive line while also working with special teams.
Oklahoma State's kickoff return average (26.83) ranked No. 3 in the
Prior to Oklahoma State, Daly spent a
season at Maryland assisting with the offensive line and tight ends.
He came to Maryland after spending a year at Villanova. With the
Wildcats, Daly coached tight ends and assisted with the offensive
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"Brendan is a bright, young coach with
a tremendous background," Johnson said. "He has had some time on the
job and several coaching stops. Brendan has been around some awfully
good coaches on some awfully good staffs. I think he'll bring a lot
to the table -- a lot of insight and a lot of expertise coaching the
tight end position."
Daly graduated from Drake in 1997 with
a bachelor of arts degree. He returned to his alma mater as a
graduate assistant in 1998, after working one year at Ridgewood High
School in New Port Richey, Fla., as an assistant football coach. At
Drake, Daly coached the tight ends and assisted with the offensive
line. The Bulldogs posted a 7-3 record that season and claimed the
Pioneer Football League championship.
As a player with the Bulldogs, Daly
lettered two seasons as a tight end and was a member of the 1995 PFL
one coaching vacancy left to fill on his staff.
[Todd Kober, director of
athletics media relations,