WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Cardinal Newman High School is turning to a longtime head coach to lead its football program.
The West Palm Beach Catholic school announced Monday that Jack Daniels has been named the new coach of the Crusaders.
Daniels brings more than 25 years of high school coaching experience to Cardinal Newman, most recently at William T. Dwyer Community High School in Palm Beach Gardens, where he won multiple district titles and a pair of state championships in 2009 and 2013.
He replaces Dan Burack, who went 4-4 in his lone season at the helm.
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Daniels was 234-52 at Dwyer, where he coached such NFL and college standouts like former North Carolina State and current Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett and former Florida State tight end Nick O'Leary, who won the John Mackey Award in 2014.
Although he retired in 2018, Daniels told ESPN West Palm that the appeal of Cardinal Newman was too great to pass up.
"I'd be lying to you if I didn't expect, at some point, to build a great athletic and academic program and compete for a state title," he said Monday. "I mean, I didn't get back in it, you know, just to get back into it. That's always the ultimate goal."
The Crusaders lost to St. John Paul II Academy in the 2020 Class 3A quarterfinals.
Burack will remain as a teacher at Cardinal Newman.