Daniel Ifft
Daniel  Ifft

Director of Football Operations

Alma Mater:
Ball State


Addae, West Join Staff; Callahan, Patterson To Lead OL And TE

University of Minnesota football coach P.J. Fleck announced additions and changes to his staff today.

Daniel Ifft joined the Minnesota staff in June 2017. He was a recruiting assistant during the 2017 season, but will serve as the team's director of football operations in 2018. 

Ifft oversees the day-to-day operation of the department, coordinates all game-related travel, is a liaison with athletic administration and works closely with Coach Fleck and the staff on all football-related matters.

Ifft came to Minnesota from the private sector, but was previously a member of the football staffs at Michigan and Toldeo. He was also a four-year letterwinner at Ball State.

Ifft was a recruiting assistant at Michigan from 2013-15 and assisted in all phases of recruiting from prospecting to signing day. He managed incoming prospect videos, communicated with high school coaches, developed recruiting materials and planned official and unofficial visits. He also created and maintained the team’s recruiting calendar and worked closely with the compliance office and academics. Ifft also facilitated the walk-on program and worked with transfers.

Ifft was at Toledo from 2011-13 and was an offensive graduate assistant, assisted in recruiting and was also the interim director of football operations from February 2013 to April 2013.

Ifft earned his degree in communication studies in May 2011 from Ball State and his master’s degree in administration from Toledo in 2013. He lettered at Ball State from 2007-10 and in 2010 he was honored with the Ball State University Football Coaches Award and the Mark Hayes Senior Inspiration Award.


2018-present: Minnesota - Director of Football Operations
2017: Minnesota - Recruiting Assistant
2013-15: Michigan - Recruiting Assistant
2011-13: Toledo - Graduate Assistant

Playing Experience: Ball State (wide receiver), 2007-10

Alma Mater: Ball State, 2011 (communication studies); Toledo, 2013 (administration)

Hometown: Dover, Ohio

High School: Dover High School, 2007

Wife: Katelin


2018 Spring Preview: Quarterbacks

2018 Spring Preview: Quarterbacks

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The Gophers will have their third spring practice today and there will be more than a few eyes on the quarterbacks.

Elite Access: Inside Spring Practice

Elite Access: Inside Spring Practice

3/20/2018 - Football

Before the team headed out for Spring Break, the Golden Gophers held spring practice #2 in the Larson Football Performance Center.

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Seven Gophers hopped on the M.A.G.I.C bus and took part in a St. Baldricks event to raise awareness for children's cancer.

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