Dan Dakich Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Abhijeet Modi
Jan 31, 2024 By Abhijeet Modi
Originally Published on May 13, 2022
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About Dan Dakich

Dan Dakich is known to be a famous sportscaster and radio host for basketball in the United States.
Dan Dakich is a former professional basketball player, and he has also served as the assistant coach and acting head coach at Indiana University Hoosiers. He was also the head coach at Bowling Green State University from 1997 - 2007.
Dan Dakich, in his life, has gone through many changes in terms of sports. He captained the basketball team and then was the basketball coach for Indiana University Hoosiers and Bowling Green State University. Dan Dakich went to Andrean High School in Merrillville, Indiana. He played under basketball coach Bob Knight from 1981-1985. Dan Dakich was the team captain during the junior and senior seasons. Dan Dakich is well-known for his defensive success in the 1984 East Regional Semifinal in the NCAA Tournament against Michael Jordan. He did his graduation from Indiana University with a degree in telecommunication in 1985. Dan Dakich then worked as the head coach from 1997-2007 with Green Bowling State University. As the head coach, he got a record of 156-140. At the end of the 2008 season, Dan Dakich became the interim head coach of Indiana University.
After a great career as a player and basketball coach, he ventured into the world of journalism and television. For the college basketball season of 2009-2010, Dan Dakich auditioned for a job in television for a Big Ten Network but did not get it. In 2008, he began hosting 'The Dan Dakich Show' on 1070 'The Fan In Indianapolis'. He subsequently joined ESPN as a college basketball analyst in 2010.
Learn more about this great sportscaster from the United States in the coming topics.

Dan Dakich Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits.

What is Dan Dakich’s net worth?

The net worth of Dan Dakich is said to be around $5 million. His high net worth is due to his work as a basketball coach and basketball player and due to his shows on television.

How much does Dan Dakich earn per year?

It is not known how much Dan Dakich earns per year. His net worth is high, and it means that the player, coach, and commentator earns a lot annually.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Dan Dakich?

Dan Dakich is 6 ft 4 in (196 cm) tall.

How old is Dan Dakich?

Dan Dakich was born on August 17, 1962. As of April 2022, Dan Dakich is 59-years-old.

Childhood And Education

Dan Dakich was born in Indiana. The names of his parents are Thomas and Bobbie. Dan Dakich was born on August 17, 1962, and he finished his high school at Andrean High School of Indiana. Andrean High School is located in Merrillville, Indiana, United States of America. Dan then graduated from Indiana University in 1985 with a telecommunication degree.
After he was done with his preparation, Dan Dakich joined the coaching staff of Indiana University under Bob Knight and stayed there for 12 seasons. When Dan Dakich was in Indiana University, the team won four Big Ten championships and finished in the top three in nine out of 12 seasons.

Family, Romance And Relationships

Who is Dan Dakich's partner?

In 1990, Dan Dakich married his first wife, Jackie. However, the couple divorced each other in 2012. His son Andrew and daughter Laura are from his first wife. Dan Dakich married Leigh Ross Dakich in 2015.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Dan Dakich played basketball for Indiana from 1981-1985. He was even the team captain in his junior season and senior season. He helped Indiana win a Big Ten competition and three berths in NCAA Tournament. His defensive efforts against Michael Jordan in the 1984 East Regional Semifinal against the number one ranked North Carolina is still remembered today.
Dan started as a graduate assistant coach under Bob Knight at Indiana from 1985-1987 and then became the assistant coach until 1997. Under him, the Hoosiers won a national title in the 86-87 season. He was brilliant in his coaching and known for some of the highest standings of the team in his tenure. Dan was the academic monitor of the basketball staff of Indiana for his last seven years. Many great basketball players graduated under the guidance of the basketball coach.
He then became the head coach of Bowling Green State University from 1997-2007. He resigned as the team's head coach in 2007, as under him, BGSU did not ever make it to the NCAA Tournament. In his last five years, he had four losing seasons.
In 2002, he was also appointed head basketball coach at West Virginia University. But he learned that the people who were associated with the basketball program at WVU might have been guilty of violating NCAA recruiting rules. He came back to BGSU just after a week at WVU.
Dakich is a celebrated basketball player, coach, and sportscaster.
Dan Dakich is the host of 'The Dan Dakich Show'. The show is by Indianapolis radio station WFNI, ESPN radio affiliate, 1070 The Fan. For the 2009-2010 season, he also served as a college basketball studio analyst for the Big Ten Network. Dan then replaced Steve Lavin to join ESPN in November 2010 as a college basketball color commentator and studio analyst.

Charity Work

Charity work done by the radio host and analyst is not known.

What awards has Dan Dakich won?

As a fresher at the Indiana Classic, Dan was named All-Tournament.

In 2018, 'The Dan Dakich Show' won the Best Midday Medium Market Sports Radio Show award.

His teams have also won him many accolades.

Dan Dakich’s Hobbies And Interests

His hobbies are not known.

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Dan Dakich Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Birth Name

Daniel John Dakich

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196 cm

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Indiana University

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Leigh Ross Dakich


Thomas , Bobbie
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