Daniel is a native Dallas, Texan where he started swimming at the age of six, setting multiple age group records while swimming for ATAC. Daniel went on to play football at The University of North Texas where he graduated with a Bachelors of Applied Arts and Science. He picked swimming back up in his late twenties when he started training and competing in triathlons. Currently Daniel is the assistant swim coach at JJ Pearce High School, is married to Loren and they have two boys, Jack and Arthur. Daniel started coaching for DAM in 2018.