Amanda Daniels returns for her eighth season at Denison in 2020. Few coaches have had a better start to their careers than Daniels. In six years as the Big Red head coach, she has guided Denison to six-straight NCAA Tournament appearances, four North Coast Athletic Conference championships and six NCAC Tournament titles. Denison will take a 37-game regular-season conference winning streak into the 2020 season. That streak dates back to the 2015 season.
Daniels has compiled an impressive record of 85-30 (.739) while going 44-4 (.917) in NCAC contests. She was named the NCAC Coach of the Year in 2016 and was also named the IWLCA West Region Coach of the Year that season.
In 2019, Daniels and the Big Red rolled through the NCAC with another perfect 8-0 record. The team finished the year with a 16-5 record while facing one of the most difficult schedules in school history. Four of Denison’s five losses came against nationally-ranked opponents and on March 22, the Big Red defeated No. 23 Rowan, 16-15 in overtime. In the postseason awards, Jane Goodspeed was named to the IWLCA All-American team for the second time while repeating at the NCAC’s Defensive Player of the Year. First-year Casey McTague was named the NCAC’s Newcomer of the Year. Denison qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the 21st time and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the fifth time.
A 2003 graduate of Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y., Daniels was a four-time first-team All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference selection in women’s lacrosse. She was a part of two MAAC Tournament championship teams and two NCAA Division I Tournament teams in 2002 and 2003. She served as a team captain in 2003 and left Le Moyne with 190 career points. Daniels was also a four-year member of the women’s soccer team at Le Moyne where she led the Dolphins in scoring as a senior.
After graduating Cum Laude with a bachelor of arts in English and communication, Daniels would go on to receive a masters’ degree in New Media from Syracuse University’s esteemed SI Newhouse School of Communications in 2004. While attending graduate school, Daniels spent one season as a part-time assistant coach at Le Moyne.