Daniel inherits a solid team. The Herd's 16-14 record last season was its best since the 2008-09 campaign, though the team lost 11 of its last 15. Six of Marshall's top nine scorers return, including their second, third and fourth best point producers. Redshirt junior guard Erica Woods averaged 6.7 points per game, while Weaver, a member of the all-Conference USA freshman team, averaged 6.1 points. Redshirt junior guard Jasmine Shaw averaged 6.0 points per game. Ten of Marshall's 12 returning players averaged at least seven minutes a game last season.
Even with that experience, Daniel said growing pains are a normal part of the process. But rather than get angry at mistakes, he'll just explain the process in greater detail. Daniel thinks that should help the players' transition.
"They're not scared of making a mistake," he said. "We're going to turn it over. We're going to miss shots. But nobody's trying to turn it over. Nobody's trying to miss a shot. What I don't have patience for is not being prepared. Hopefully game day is a celebration of your preparation. There's no excuse for not being prepared."
Weaver said Daniel's demeanor has helped the team adjust.
"At first we were nervous - what does he want? What is he going to expect?" she said. "But after being around him, we know that all we have to do is relax and play our heart out and we don't have to worry about anything else."
Daniel will take a hands-on approach to building a winner. At 36 years old, he can still lace up a pair of basketball shoes and join the players. He also has a very young staff - 32-year-old assistant Tony Kemper, 29-year-old assistant Tamisha Augustin and 26-year-old assistant Caronica Randle. All four have the ability to teach by doing, not just by lecturing.
"There obviously have to be changes that are made," Daniel said. "We're eager and happy to come in and try and implement those changes. It'll be a tough process. There'll be good days and there'll be bad days."
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall.