Daniel Bullocks is entering his third season as an assistant coach at the University of Northern Iowa. Bullocks works primarily with the Panther secondary.
Bullocks helped coach a young secondary and safety group during the 2013 season, seeing newcomers Tate Omli and Ray Mitchell shine. Both Omli and Mitchell earned All-MVFC Newcomer team recognition with Mitchell also picking up All-MVFC honorable mention status. The Panthers finished ranked 19th in the FCS in total defense.
Mitchell and Omli were both named National Defensive Player of the Week during the 2013 season under the direction of Bullocks, seeing Mitchell break the UNI-Dome record for interception return yards against Western Illinois (11/25). Bullocks also oversaw the punt return unit in 2013, which was nationally ranked second in the FCS with three blocked punts during the season.
Bullocks, who worked with the cornerbacks last season, helped the defensive corps to 767 total tackles on the season with senior Wilmot Wellington racking up a team-high 85 tackles and helped coach Varmah Sonie to an All-MVFC second team performance. Bullocks also led the team to 10 interceptions on the season for 102 return yards.
Bullocks came to UNI after playing safety in the National Football League for the Detroit Lions for five years. Bullocks was drafted in the second round to the Lions in 2006 and played with the franchise until 2011. He finished his career with 168 tackles. In 2008, he was voted for the Ed Block Courage Award for the Lions and was the Chuck Hughes Most Improved Player.
Bullocks played college football for the University of Nebraska where he played in 48 games with 33 starts. He finished his career with 226 tackles, 22 pass breakups and eight interceptions. He was named to the second team All-Big 12, Big 12 Fall Commissioner’s Academic Roll, the Lott Trophy Watch List and the Jim Thorpe Trophy Award Watch List in 2005.
Bullocks is the founder of the Bullocks Foundation, which mentors and establishes scholarships for student-athletes to further their education in Chattanooga, Tenn. Bullocks, a native of Chattanooga, Tenn., earned his degree from Nebraska in sociology in 2005.
Bullocks has a wife, Vanessa, and three daughters, Bella, Thailia and Starlet.