CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Josh Daniel made a name for himself in the West Virginia high school basketball circles as a standout player at South Charleston from 2002 to 2006.
Now the 25-year old Eastern Kentucky graduate hopes to do the same as a first-year head boys basketball coach at Herbert Hoover.
Daniel takes over for Jeff Gandee, who guided the Huskies' program for four seasons, including a 16-11 record last season.
"I'm really excited to be a head coach," Daniel said. "This is something I've wanted to do ever since I was done playing. My goal was to become a head coach and I'm fortunate to become one at such a young age.
"When I was offered the position I couldn't turn it down, so I just jumped at it."
While at South Charleston, Daniel set the Black Eagles' school career scoring record with 1,660 points in 92 games (18 ppg), breaking the record held by Gay Elmore.
As a senior in 2005-06, Daniel averaged 29.9 points and had 54 3-pointers in finishing second in the voting for the Evans Award, given to the state's best basketball player.
After the conclusion of his prep career, Daniel played four seasons for the Colonels, participating in 127 games, with 33 starts.
Daniel played for former John Beilein assistant Jeff Neubauer at Eastern Kentucky and hopes to bring his own variation of Beilein's offense to the Huskies' program.