Both men's and women's cross country teams earned 2012 USTFCCCA Division I All-Academic status
Cale McDaniel is a 2010 graduate of Western Carolina University with a bachelor's degree in Health and Physical Education. He completed his Masters in Education in the spring of 2012 also from Western Carolina. He is entering his fourth year as an Assistant with the Track and Field Program, with the primary responsibility of coaching all throwing events for the Catamounts.
Since taking over the throws program in 2010, McDaniel has seen his throwers obtain 28 All Southern Conference selections. In addition he was able to coach 8 individual Champions in the past three years, while also seeing his athletes collect Southern Conference Field Performer of the Year, and Freshman of the Year Honors three times, along with 2 athletes achieving NCAA qualifying marks.
McDaniel earned his Specialist certification from the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association in 2011. Since 2010 Coach McDaniel has seen 5 school records fall at WCU, and was recently nominated for the South East Region Assistant Coach of the Year for the 2012 Indoor season. In his time at WCU Coach McDaniel has been a member of 7 Southern Conference Team Championships both as an athlete and as a coach.