Posted: 12:55 pm Friday, January 10th, 2014
By Anthony Chiang
After leading Dwyer to its second state football title in school history, Dwyer coach Jack Daniels almost left the Panthers.
Daniels, who has been the head coach at Dwyer for the past 18 seasons, was recently approached by new Florida Atlantic head football coach Charlie Partridge about joining his staff. The position would have had Daniels coaching the Owls’ defensive backs.
“I’ve been friends with Charlie for a long time,” Daniels said. “We met for over three hours on a Sunday over break and we discussed things. But at this time, it just didn’t work out. For family reasons and stuff like that, it didn’t work for me at this time.”
Although the position was never formally offered to Daniels, it turned into a legitimate possibility.
“There were some things that had to happen and they didn’t happen,” Daniels said. “We had conversations about it and it was almost done at a certain time, but some things didn’t happen that needed to happen.”
The 45-year-old cited the one-hour drive from his Jupiter home to FAU and the time commitment as some of the main reasons he decided to stay at Dwyer.
“I have a great situation,” said Daniels, whose children are 2, 4 and 6. “FAU’s paid salary is probably what I’m making at Dwyer. … I’ve been coaching a long time. I think my duty is high school. It’s hard to leave a high school and my family is in this area. But it’s an honor just to be considered.”
Daniels would have become the second high school football coach to join Partridge’s staff at FAU. Roger Harriott left Fort Lauderdale-University School, a school he built into a South Florida powerhouse, to become the Owls’ assistant head coach and running backs coach.
This is not the first time Daniels has been approached about a college coaching position. He was offered a spot on Dave Doeren’s staff at Northern Illinois, and he was very close to joining Mike Stoops’ staff at Arizona.
“The FAU possibility was probably not the best financial opportunity that I’ve had, but it’s the best one because Charlie is a South Florida guy and they are going to win,” Daniels said. “I know the guy and what he’s about. It would have been the best job.”
About the Author
Anthony Chiang began his writing career in Gainesville at the University of Florida’s student-run newspaper. At The Independent Florida Alligator, he covered the school’s golf, volleyball, baseball, and football teams. The Miami native has also written for the Sun Sentinel and MLB.com, following the Tampa Bay Rays.