Dan Carrel - Make Sense of Your Self Scoutby Dan Carrel
Discovering how to use the learning opportunities during the season to drive your off season work and help you prepare for next season. As coaches who constantly evaluate our work we must be conscious that nothing is more important than evaluating the game film.. Learn to take an in-depth look at your game film and see how you can use it to further develop your program. Do not let the lessons learned during the season go to waste - experience only matters when we learn from it.
Dan Carrel | Defensive Coordinator | Michigan Panthers
After two seasons at UMass, Dan Carrel was named defensive coordinator of the USFL Michigan Panthers.
Carrel served as Linebacker coach and interim Defensive Coordinator for the Minutemen.
In his previous stop, Carrel spent one year at New Mexico as the team’s inside linebackers coach in 2019. Carrel held multiple roles as a member of the University of Houston coaching staff for four seasons, including two as a graduate assistant (2015, ’16) followed by two as the program’s outside linebackers coach (2017, ’18).
The Houston defense ranked nationally in a multitude of categories during Carrel’s four seasons, including fourth in rushing defense and 13th for total defense during 2016. The Flushing, Ohio, native tutored a pair of all-AAC standouts during his two seasons as the OLBs coach, including Emeke Egbule in 2019 and Khalil Williams during 2018.
The Cougars reached the postseason in all four of Carrel’s years with the program with appearances in the 2015 Peach Bowl, 2016 Las Vegas Bowl, 2017 Hawai’i Bowl and 2018 Armed Forces Bowl. During his tenure, Houston went a combined 37-15 overall and 22-10 in the AAC.
Carrel previously served on-staff at Ohio State (2013) and Kentucky (2014) following graduation from West Liberty University (W.Va.), where he played linebacker for the Hilltoppers from 2008-11. He began his coaching career at West Liberty as a graduate assistant in 2012.
Carrel • Season-By-Season Coaching History
2012 • West Liberty University • Graduate Assistant
2013 • Ohio State • Graduate Assistant (Offense)
2014 • Kentucky • Graduate Assistant (Defense)
2015-16 • Houston • Graduate Assistant (Defense)
2017-18 • Houston • Outside Linebackers Coach
2019 • New Mexico • Inside Linebackers Coach
2020 -2021 • Massachusetts • Linebackers Coach/Interim Defensive Coordinator