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Legendary SNHU Throws Coach Ed Daniels Passes at 71

MANCHESTER, N.H. –Southern New Hampshire University Librarian and assistant track and field coach Ed Daniels passed away on Friday at Elliott Hospital in Manchester, N.H.  The Salisbury, N.H. resident was 71. 

For more than three decades, he served as a Librarian for the student population and faculty at the Southern New Hampshire University (FKA New Hampshire College) Shapiro Library in Manchester. During his tenure, he became a full Professor. Before retiring he was awarded Professor Emeritus status. During his last decade of service, he was responsible for managing the SNHU Online Student Library Services program, which provides information services to the global student population. Ed was also tapped twice to fill a library leadership role, serving as the interim Dean and interim Co-Dean.

Ed was the first head coach of the SNHU Women's Cross Country team when the program started in 1995, and then led the Men's team in its first three seasons starting in 1997.  When SNHU initiated a Women's Track & Field program in 2014, he served as a volunteer coach in the hammer and weight-throwing events. In 2016 he became the Women's Track & Field team throws coach. He developed two NCAA All-Americans who individually excelled at the shot put and javelin. Ed gifted SNHU with an endowment that provides budget resources to fund a women's team throws coach position for many years to come.  The throws area at Mark A. Ouellette Stadium was dedicated to Coach Daniels in October 2022 during Homecoming.

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