Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina track & field first-year head coach Cale McDaniel was today named the Southern Conference Men’s Indoor Track & Field Coach of the Year following his squad’s capturing the 2017 championship, the ninth for the program all-time and fourth-consecutive indoor crown.
Selections were voted on by the league’s head coaches and were based on the 2016-17 season and the performances at last weekend’s SoCon Indoor Track & Field Championships.
McDaniel, who took over for long-time Catamount track & field coach – and 39-time SoCon Coach of the Year, Danny Williamson – collected the first coach of the year plaudit in his young career. McDaniel has been a part of 15 combined SoCon championships during his time in Cullowhee – three as a student-athlete, 11 as an assistant coach, and last weekend’s first as the head coach.
Western Carolina claimed the men’s title by outscoring runner-up, Samford, 170-to-155 at the Mountain States Health Alliance Athletics Center in Johnson City, Tenn. McDaniel also guided the Catamount women to a runner-up finish at the conference championship. This season, WCU had 10 men’s student-athletes and 12 on the women’s side claim All-SoCon plaudits following the championship event.
McDaniel and the WCU track teams now turn their attention to the upcoming 2017 outdoor season which opens March 17 at the High Point Invitational in High Point, N.C.