The 2018 season marks Dan’s 15th season with the Lions and his 21st as a coach in the CFL including a one-year stint in Saskatchewan in 2015. It also marks his 46th year of coaching which began back in 1972.
During his time with the Lions, Dan’s coaching techniques have resulted in 17 West Division All-Star selections for his position group and four West Division Most Outstanding Lineman awards for former Lions Jovan Olafioye and Rob Murphy.
Dan’s professional coaching career began in Calgary in 1998 as the Stamps’ offensive line coach where he enjoyed five successful seasons in from 1998 to 2002 and earned two Grey Cup Championships (’98,’01).
Upon joining the Lions in 2003, Dan’s experience helped the club establish the second-highest total of passing yards (6,335) and third-highest total of net yards (7,726) in its history. A key part of numerous offensive staffs both as a position coach and coordinator, Dan has enjoyed six trips to the Grey Cup, winning four times.
Dan has also overseen offences that resulted in record-setting performances including Joe Smith’s 1,510-rushing yard performance in 2007 which established a new club mark.
Dan’s lengthy coaching career began in 1972 as a student assistant at Kent State. He would eventually earn the role of coaching the team’s tight ends in 1974 before moving to the University of Hawaii in 1975 where he remained until 1977. The following season he joined the staff at San Jose State for one year before continuing his coaching career at the University of Washington in 1979.
Dan would eventually make stops in Northern Iowa (1980-‘81), Georgia Tech (1982-‘83), Washington (1984-‘88), Holy Cross (1989-‘91) and the University of Maryland (1992-’96). Dan’s final season in the college ranks before moving to the CFL was at Boston University in 1997.
Dan hails from Pittsburgh, PA and graduated from Kent State in 1974 with an Education degree. He and his wife Lisa live in Abbotsford, BC. Dan has two children, Daniel and Marisa.