Alfred “Alf” Daniels began playing rugby at a young age in New Zealand , where he was born. and continued playing until his last game for the Waikato Police Team when he was 37.
Daniels has been coaching for almost 30 years. He has coached at all levels and all ages in three different countries : New Zealand, Japan and the United States.
In New Zealand, Daniels helped coach the international program at Waikato Rugby for several years and was a National Grade Selector for New Zealand Rugby. One highlight of his New Zealand coaching experience was coaching the Waikato U-19 to a New Zealand National Championship, in 2016. Other New Zealand highlights were attending coaching clinics led by some of the best coaches in New Zealand, including Steve Hansen, Wayne Smith, Graham Henry, Mike Cron, David Rennie, Colin Cooper and Chris Gibbes , and being mentored by the likes of Warren Gatland, Ian Foster and David Galbraith .Yet another highlight was coaching alongside rugby greats like Roger Randell and Carl Hoeft. One final highlight was being Team Liaison Officer for the All Blacks on two occasions when they played in Hamilton, New Zealand.
In the USA, Daniels’ highlights include coaching at Penn State University in the fall of 2014 and coaching Highland High to the National Championship in 2011.
Daniels has several top-level coaching qualifications under his coaching belt : Diploma in Sports Coaching and Management; Level 4 Coaching Certification ; World Rugby Educator and World Rugby Trainer accreditation.
Daniels has been married to his sweetheart, Wini, for 35 years. They are the parents of 3 sons and a daughter and grandparents of 6.