Riley Hires McDaniel As Special Teams Coordinator

March 21, 2003

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CORVALLIS- Oregon State football coach Mike Riley completed his coaching staff with the addition of LeCharls McDaniel as coordinator of special teams, it was announced Friday.McDaniel's career includes coaching and playing experience at the college and NFL levels. McDaniel joins the OSU staff after spending the 2002 season coaching special teams and wide receivers at San Diego State.

'I am very excited about having LeCharls join our staff,' said Riley. 'He brings a wealth of football expertise to our program, especially special teams experience to the Beavers.'A northern California native, McDaniel, 44, started his coaching career in 1986 at Hartnell Community College in Salinas, where he served as assistant football coach and as strength and conditioning instructor. In 1989, he moved to the NFL as assistant special teams coach with the San Diego Chargers, helping the Chargers rank No. 1 in the league in overall special teams in 1990.

McDaniel returned to the college ranks in 1992 as secondary coach at his alma mater, Cal Poly, in 1992 as secondary and special teams coach. He then moved to the NFL's Arizona Cardinals from 1993-94. From 1994-95, McDaniel was secondary coach and special teams coordinator under Ted Tollner at San Diego State. He then spent one year as a scout with the Philadelphia Eagles before joining the Washington Redskins' staff under Norv Turner in 1997.

He spent four seasons with the Redskins, the last three as special teams coach. In 1999, Washington finished among the top five in the NFL in field goal success rate (3rd), punt average (5th) and kickoff return yards (2nd). The Redskins' Brian Mitchell also led the league in combined kickoff and punt return yardage.

In 2001 he joined the staff of Tom Holmoe at California as the Bears' special teams coach. He then returned to San Diego State when Tom Craft was named head coach in 2002.

As a player, LeCharls was a defensive back at Cal Poly, helping to lead the Mustangs to the Division II national championship in 1980. He went on to spend four years in the NFL with the Redskins and New York Giants and won a Super Bowl ring with Washington (Super Bowl XVII).

McDaniel earned his degree at Cal Poly in 1981.

Oregon State will open spring football drills on April 3 and will conclude spring practice with the Spring Game at Reser Stadium on Saturday, April 26.

The complete Oregon State's football staff:

Mike Riley, Head Coach
Paul Chryst, Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Mark Banker, Defensive Coordinator/Secondary
LeCharls McDaniel, Special Teams Coordinator
DelVaughn Alexander, Wide Receivers/Recruiting Coordinator
Jim Gilstrap, Offensive Line
Lee Hull, Running Backs
Charlie Camp, Linebackers
Darryll Lewis, Secondary
Greg Newhouse, Defensive Line
Jonathan Smith, Graduate Assistant/Offense
TBA, Graduate Assistant/Defense
Ron Davis, Director of Football Operations
Dan Van De Riet, Assistant Director of Football Operations

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