Napier welcomes Joe Danos as director of player sports development


GAINESVILLE, Fla – Florida Head Football Coach Billy Napier announced on Saturday that Joe Danos will be part of his squad as director of player athletic development.

A native of New Orleans, he joined the Gators after spending the past nine years working in two different professional sports leagues. Most recently, he served as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Inter Miami Futbol Club in MLS from 2020-21. Prior to that, he was performance director and assistant strength and conditioning coach for the New York Giants for seven seasons (2013-19).

Danos spent three seasons (2010-12) at Florida State, where he was an assistant strength and conditioning coach and was instrumental in building the 2013 Seminole National Championship squad.

Prior to FSU, Danos was on the SMU Strength Staff (2007-09), in addition to spending two years as an Assistant Strength Coach at LSU, working with football and several Olympic sports. A graduate of LSU, Danos worked as a strength and conditioning student assistant coach with the Tigers from 2000 to 2004. He was United States Junior Olympic Champion and Junior National Weightlifting Champion in 1996.

Danos is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and is a certified trainer by USA Weightlifting, the national weightlifting regulatory body in the United States. United. He is also a member of the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa), the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and USA Weightlifting.


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