Nick Daniken

A 1997 Crater graduate, Nick was a Crater High three-sport athlete, competing in football basketball and baseball.   While at Crater, Nick was named the Most Valuable Defensive player his junior year and, as a senior, was named to the Southern Oregon Conference First Team as a defensive back and was selected to play in the Oregon Shrine Bowl.  Recruited by Southern Oregon University to play football, Nick suffered a cracked vertebrae after being hit from the blind side in a high school all-star game in Australia. The injury was so severe he could not follow through on his commitment to play for SOU in 1998 as a freshman.

After two years of rehabilitation, he joined the Southern Oregon University football program in 2000.  During his subsequent four years at SOU, Nick was a two-time NAIA All-American defensive back for the SOU football program, but his greatest impact on the gridiron likely came as a kickoff and punt returner. As a four-year starter for the Raiders, Nick graduated as the SOU career leader in kickoff returns (59), punt returns (67) and punt return yards (854). He set regional records for career kickoff return average (29.1) and touchdowns (5) and was named SOU Special Teams and Defensive MVP as both a junior and a senior.

Nick’s impact both in the defensive backfield and on special teams helped the Raiders to some of the most successful seasons in program history. During his four-year career, SOU won 29 games and qualified for back-to-back appearances in the NAIA National Championship Series for the first time.  Nick was elected to the NAIA All Decade Team as a Defensive Back in 2012 and was elected into the Southern Oregon University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013.

Following graduation with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and a minor in Economics, Nick began working for Portland Development Group as the Director of Acquisitions, a position he held for nine years.  He currently works for Greenwing Companies, Real Estate Development, as a partner from 2013 to the present.