Appalachian State Track and Field hires pole vault coaches

App State Director of Track & Field Damion McLean announced Tuesday the hiring of Daniel Isaacs as the program’s new pole vault coach.

“We are very pleased to welcome Daniel to App State,” said McLean. “He has transformed programs for the better and has a proven track record of recruiting, developing and mentoring student athletes from high school through college. I know Daniel will lead our pole vaulters to success here in Appalachian State and at the Sun Belt Conference.”

“Coaching at App State is truly a dream come true for me,” said Isaacs, “I am grateful to Coach McLean for the opportunity to be part of an exceptional program. I am especially grateful to be able to live with friends and family in the place I love most.”

Isaacs served as the pole vault coach at Sacramento State from 2012-2015 and coached 19 Big Sky All-Conference artists. Under his leadership, Blair Wallingford received All-Conference honors and competed in the NCAA First Round, making his mark on the all-time list. Isaacs also landed four other athletes on the Sacramento State program’s all-time list.

In 2012, he coached seven Hawaii State qualifiers in the women’s pole vault category while training at Kamehameha Schools Kapalama in Honolulu.

Isaacs was the senior indoor track and field coach at Watauga High School in Boone from 2005-2011 and the assistant outdoor track and field coach from 2000-2011. As head indoor track and field coach, Isaacs was named 2006 All-Piedmont NC Women’s Coach of the Year. He also coached 35 state meet qualifiers, 13 all-state performers, and 15 national qualifiers. As an assistant outdoor coach, Isaacs coached the 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008 women’s pole vault champions. His athletes also set the state records in the women’s pole vault in 2005 and 2006.

A Boone native, Isaacs attended App State and was a dual-sport athlete who competed on the men’s basketball and men’s track teams while studying anthropology.

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