As you could probably tell from the byline, my name is Daniel Dash. Maybe you’ve seen a few of my bylines around the site by now — I’ve been with The Wolverine Lounge as a football beat writer since the spring, so it’s about time I make a formal introduction.
I’m entering my sophomore year at the University of Michigan, where I’m double majoring in English and Communications Studies. I’m from Port Washington, New York, which helps explain why I root for the Yankees, Islanders, Knicks and Dolphins. Aside from the Bronx Bombers, it’s been a pretty miserable 19 years on that front.
I spent just about my entire childhood around athletics, ranging from little league baseball to representing USAVolleyball on the international level in high school. Today, I’m a middle blocker for the Michigan men’s volleyball team. I developed a passion for writing during elementary school that took on a new life as I grew up — fictional homemade picture books evolved into storytelling and, eventually, sportswriting.
After joining The Michigan Daily last fall, I wrote about volleyball, tennis and wrestling before spending the spring on the softball beat. Covering the legendary Carol Hutchins in her 35th season was more rewarding than I ever could’ve imagined, and, though I’ll still be writing for The Daily, I can’t wait to dive headfirst into football season.
As the season nears, I want to get to know our readership. Feel free to reach out to me on Twitter (@danieldash428), where I’ll also be posting all the links to my football content. It’s going to be a big year here at The Wolverine Lounge, highlighted by a focus on storytelling and a weekly podcast. More on that later. I’m extremely grateful that Brandon offered me this opportunity, and I look forward to working with him to bring you the best coverage possible!