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Daniel Isaacs
Daniel Isaacs has ties to Boone as he was the head indoor track and field coach at Watauga High School from 2005-2011.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

Appalachian State Track and Field Hires Pole Vaulting Coach

App State director of track & field Damion McLean announced the hiring of Daniel Isaacs as the program’s new pole vault coach on Tuesday.

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

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

Isaacs served as the pole vault coach at Sacramento State from 2012-15, coaching 19 Big Sky All-Conference performers. Under his direction, Blair Wallingford earned all-conference honors and competed at the NCAA First Round, leaving his mark in the all-time list. Isaacs also Four more athletes landed 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 coaching at Kamehameha Schools Kapalama in Honolulu.

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

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