Teacher Feature: Art Daniels Voted Exemplary Educator

Daniels says he tries to make a positive influence in each student's life every day.

For over 30 years, Art Daniels has taught his students and players that victors aren’t the only winners. 

Winners learn the game, hone skills, attain goals big and small, overcome adversity and, most importantly, they have fun and draw positive experiences from their time on the court and on the field. 

With a perspective like that, it’s no wonder why Daniels has led such a successful teaching and coaching career at .

Daniels won a state title as the boys head basketball coach in the 90’s, was named SWC coach of the year, has co-chaired Westlake high’s health and physical education department, sat as vice president on the Greater Cleveland Basketball Coaches Association and has spent the last six years coaching varsity girls basketball, Westlake school PR specialist Kim Bonvissuto said. 

And to top it off, he was recently voted exemplary educator of the year by his fellow teachers and staff at WHS. 

“You get an opportunity to speak to the senior class at their graduation and I think that’s just an awesome opportunity to be able to do that,” he said. “I’ll be one of the last people who gets a chance to say something that, hopefully, makes a difference in their lives.” 

In the years ahead, Daniels plans to conclude his teaching career by 2014, but is planning on remaining courtside as a coach for the foreseeable future. 

Kathy Humphrey June 07, 2011 at 02:02 AM
What a great honor for an outstanding educator, father, husband and friend. So proud of you! Those lucky kids! Kathy Masin Humphrey
Monica Bakaitis June 16, 2011 at 02:42 PM
Congratulations Art on a well deserved honor! The Bakaitis Family Avon Lake
Joe Dylyn January 28, 2013 at 05:25 AM
There is a discrepancy in this article: Westlake High School never won the state championship in basketball. The 1990's title mentioned in this article is the SWC Championship won by the boys varsity in 1995. I know, because I was there! While the Demons were coached by Art Daniels, they won only a conference championship...... but that 1995 team SHOULD have gone farther than districts. We were very, VERY good. Biggest front court in the SWC (Bret Fisher, Jason Hamman, and Zac Fiebig), sharp shooting guards with Chris Hollick and Todd Compton, and a solid bench with Jon Meyer, Kevin Houser (yes, that Kevin Houser who went on to be the long snapper for the NFL's New Orleans Saints!) and Kyle Blue. We went 17-3 in the 1994-95 regular season, beat a strong St. Ed's team in the first round, then lost to Elyria in the district semi-final. Heartbreaking, because we knew they were good enough to have gone on to the regionals, at least as far as the 1992 team under coach Brian Wilch went. Still, what great memories from the '94-95 season..... beating Amherst on the final game of the season to clinch the SWC on a night that was televised on WVIZ was the best!


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