Coach Eck, originally from Springfield, Illinois USA, has been around the sport for 20 years as a player and coach. Coach Eck’s playing career covers 20 years from youth football to Semi-Professional football. He started as a wide receiver and defensive back in high school at Sacred Heart Griffin High School in Springfield, Illinois, but switched to quarterback in college while attending Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois.
During his career he suffered a neck injury which led to coaching opportunity, since he was Unable to play he become a student coach working with wide receivers, quarterbacks, and serving as an assistant to the special teams’ coordinator.
After returning home from Lisle, a Chicago suburb, Coach Eck’s neck had finally recovered and was able to return to the playing field. He went on to play 10 years as a quarterback for the Capital City Outlaws in his hometown of Springfield, Illinois throwing for more than 12,000 yards and accounting for more than 275 touchdowns over that time. The Capital City Outlaws went on to win 2 league champions, with Dan winning the League’s Most Valuable Player Award in 2007 in his second Championship Season.
In 2006 Dan pursued his coaching career at Southeast High School where he coached quarterbacks, wide receivers, running backs, defensive backs, and outside linebackers. He also served as the Head Coach for the Junior Varsity Team for two season during his time at Southeast.
Futhermore he served as Assistant Offensive Coordinator for the Varsity Football Team for those two seasons. In 2008 Coach Eck moved across town to Lanphier High School (springfield) wher he also coached wide receivers, defensive backs, and again served as the Assistant Offensive Coordinator for the Varsity Team. During his last term he as the Head Coach for the Junior Varsity Team at Lanphier High School.
In 2011, he was back at Benedictine University pursuing his Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and coaching football. He served as the quarterbacks coach and assisted with wide receivers and defensive backs as well. Coach Eck found quick success with his quarterbacks at all levels within the program.
Coach Eck’s Junior Varsity quarterbacks at Benedictine University completed 73% of their passes in their JV schedule, an impressive feat for 6 freshman quarterbacks to combine for such a high completion percentage. In his time at Benedictine University the Varsity quarterback won 2nd Team All-Conference honors and finished 17th in the country in pass efficiency. The Benedictine University Eagles qualified for the NCAA Division III playoffs in 2011 after winning their conference.
He took three years off from coaching to complete his master’s degree and start his career as a Licensed Professional Counselor before finding himself back on the sidelines here in Nairobi, Kenya. Eck’s wife earned a contract with the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) which brought the couple from Chicago to Nairobi in April of 2015. Dan has been coaching at the University of Nairobi since August of 2015 where the team is growing in size and skill.
Coach Eck is known for his high energy and positive coaching style. He has a genuine love for the game of football and prides himself and his teams on being attention to detail. His hope is to teach the game of football to Kenyans and help the sport continue to grow here in Kenya.