Congratulations to Rick Daniels who has been inducted into the Chester County Sports Hall of Fame for 2023!
Rick Daniels - Football
Rick Daniels left his mark on West Chester University athletics as a Football Coach. He led West Chester through one of the more productive periods in its football rich history. During Rick’s tenure as Head Coach, West Chester University won four Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East Football Championships and participated in three NCAA Football Playoff Tournaments.
Rick was born in Abington, PA and graduated from Springfield High School where he played football all four years. He was honorably discharged from the United States Navy and in 1973 transferred to West Chester State College from Montgomery County Community College. He started coaching at West Chester as a student assistant and after graduating in 1975, stayed on as a Volunteer Assistant as he began began working his way up to a paid assistant, full time assistant, and then Head Coach in 1989.
In addition to his teams’ success during his thirteen years as a head coach, Rick’s teams had 86 wins. He coached three AFCA 1st Team All-Americans (Kevin Ingram, Ralph Tamm, and Lee Woodall), was named PSAC East Coach of the Year four times and was the Kodak Region I Coach of the Year (1992).
After leaving West Chester, Rick continued coaching in Chester County with stints at Pottstown High School, and Downingtown East High School where he is the Assistant Head Coach. In 2003, Rick received the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Gold Medal. He was inducted into the Killinger Foundation Hall of Fame in 2012.