Cal State Northridge
- Exercise Science
McDaniel is a standout in the classroom at CSUN. She carries a 3.25 cumulative GPA as an exercise science major. She has made the Dean’s List twice during her time at CSUN and has qualified for the Varsity N, the Matadors’ annual reception honoring the top academic student-athletes, each of the past three seasons. In the spring of 2013, McDaniel was recognized as a Big West Scholar-Athlete, the league’s most prestigious award bestowed upon student-athletes who excel both on the competition field and in the classroom. McDaniel has also served as a volunteer tutor and mentor to fellow CSUN student-athletes. She has also worked with CSUN’s Dr. Sean P. Flanagan on a biomechanics research internship.
McDaniel enters her senior season as a three-time team captain. Since her sophomore season, McDaniel has been voted one of the team’s captains, a testament to her leadership skills. She is a hard, determined player in practice and in competition, doggedly driving her team to reach new heights. Last season, as the league’s Defensive Player of the Year, McDaniel helped lead the Matadors to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in school history. Win or lose, McDaniel can be counted upon to speak with the media following a game, another example of her leadership qualities. An exercise science major, McDaniel has also served as a volunteer tutor and mentor to fellow CSUN student-athletes.
McDaniel is an active member of the community, both at CSUN and in her hometown of Palmdale, Calif. With the Matadors, McDaniel is an active member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC). Through her work with SAAC, McDaniel has participated in numerous philanthropic campaigns, including reading to local elementary students, the annual Big West Conference coin drive (in which CSUN set a new school record this past year) and in the department’s annual adopt-a-family initiative. Every holiday season, the Matador student-athletes and athletic administration adopt an in-need local family and purchase school supplies, gifts and household items, wrapping and delivering the haul in the days before Christmas. Outside of CSUN, McDaniel has served as a soccer coach for Vacation Bible School soccer camp at the Valley Bible Church in Antelope Valley, Calif.
McDaniel enters her final season at CSUN as one of the most accomplished defensive players in school history. From her center back position, McDaniel has anchored the Matadors for the past three seasons. In 2012, McDaniel was named the Big West Conference Defensive Player of the Year and earned All-Big West First Team honors for her work in helping lead the Matadors to 11 wins, 11 shutouts and the program’s first NCAA Tournament berth. She also received NSCAA All-West Region Third Team honors in 2012, becoming just the seventh player in school history to receive the award. McDaniel enters her senior season with three career goals, two career assists and eight career points in 58 matches. She has also been a part of 22 career shutouts for CSUN. Both of her goals in 2012 came against league opponents and her 2012 assist set up the game winner as CSUN triumphed at UC Santa Barbara for the first time in over a decade.