The UConn menâ€™s basketball team made a move to strengthen its roster, literally, for next season.
The Huskies on Tuesday hired Carlos Daniel as the programâ€™s new director of strength and conditioning.
Daniel comes to UConn from the University of Texas, and has held similar jobs at Southern Methodist University and with the NBAâ€™s New Orleans Pelicans.
â€śIâ€™m really honored to be joining the UConn family,â€ť Daniel said in a statement. â€śItâ€™s a tremendous opportunity for me and Iâ€™m humbled to become part of it.â€ť
Daniel was most recently director of applied sports science at St. Davidâ€™s Healthcare, a medical center in Austin affiliated with Texas athletics.
Before that, he was strength coach for SMUâ€™s menâ€™s basketball team in 2015-16. He spent five years as the Pelicansâ€™ director of athletic development.
Daniel, 41, was a standout forward on the Washington State basketball team. He averaged 16.1 points and 10.1 rebounds as a senior in 1997-98.
â€śThe experience that Carlos brings to our program in weight training and development at so many basketball levels is immeasurable,â€ť UConn coach Kevin Ollie said in a statement.
â€śHis success throughout his career demonstrates how well he relates to the players he mentors. Iâ€™m excited to have him as a member of our UConn staff.â€ť
Daniel replaces Travis Illian, who was let go in March after the season.