Daniel was born and raised in Bridgeport, Conn. until moving out to Los Angeles to attend Biola University in 2011. His family origin has numerous of backgrounds, predominately Italian blood, but he would consider himself a fully pronounced “East Coaster”. Being the youngest of two (with an older sister), he was taught the steps to having a high level work ethic, loyalty to family and strong devotion to ministry within and outside of the church. Daniel has used basketball and working with children as platforms and passions to exemplify Christ, playing up to the college level and working with Royal Family Kids Camp (foster child summer camp) upon leaving for college.
After graduating in 2010 and embarking towards Oklahoma Christian University on a small scholarship to play basketball, God met Daniel through some shaking-experiences that had him end up in Kona, Hawaii serving in YWAM (Youth With a Mission) as a student of a DTS (Disciple Training School). During his time there, he accepted Jesus as his personal Savior, traveled throughout Southeast Asia and the Caribbean (specifically Cambodia and Haiti) and learned the steps of being a full-time missionary.
During his college years, Daniel experienced much of all life has to offer. From being involved with the Student Missionary Union, to walking on the Biola Men’s Basketball team (serving as a student assistant coach for almost three years prior to being a player), traveling back to Haiti for short term trips during school semester and summers, to transferring out of Biola in 2013 (to come transfer back a year later), to finishing his degree in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in communications.
Daniel’s experiences have led him to what he believes is the calling God has set apart for him. He is in the midst of completing a master’s degree at Chapman University in leadership development (emphasis in higher education) and also works at EV Free Fullerton Preschool as a teacher aide. He has strong ambitions of becoming a humanitarian missionary to the world, serving the generations and nations rising up by actively pursuing educational development from the initial and “end” stages of the education process.
As a student coach, Daniel desires to empower students to use their abilities to their highest potential. He seeks to be a bridge students can trust and walk across as they navigate their way throughout their college experience. Most importantly, he wants to serve students through means necessary towards academic, spiritual, emotional and mental success.
Interests: basketball, traveling, music, diverse cultures and family
Fun Fact: I love the aspect of snow falling in winter time.