WINSTON-SALEM, NC - Winston-Salem State University has hired James Daniels as its new Cross-Country and Track & Field coach. Daniels will coach Women's & Men's Cross-Country, as well as the Track & Field Programs.
Daniels has plenty of experience and is primed to take WSSU to a new level with its Cross-Country and Track & Field Programs. Daniels replaces Inez Turner, who departed for Fayetteville State this summer.
While at Hampton University he was a part of the history making staff that led the Hampton University 2016 Indoor Men's Track & Field Program to the first ever IC4A Indoor title won by a Historically Black College and University. In that same season, the Lady Pirates won the 2016 Indoor MEAC Championship. Adding to his coaching resume, Daniels had two successful seasons at the University of South Carolina and one season at Central State University.
However, it is Daniels 11 seasons spent at North Carolina A&T in the Track and Field program is where he achieved some notable accomplishments. Entering into 2012, Daniels served as N.C. A&T's Interim Director of Track and Field Programs. Over the first nine years of his tenure, he coached sprinters and hurdlers as an assistant. During that span, he coached 11 All-Americans, 16 different individuals to 35 MEAC Championships, 63 MEAC Championships, seven MEAC Relay Championship teams, two MEAC record holders, 26 school record holders, 92 All-MEAC Academic Award recipients and 107 NCAA Regional Qualifiers.
North Carolina A&T student-athletes also experienced a few firsts under Daniels' tutelage. Alexandria Spruiel (400 meters) and hurdler Loreal Smith were the first two female All-Americans in school history, earning the honors during the 2009 track season. Loreal Smith became the first and to date the only track and field athlete to win the 2009 MEAC Woman of the Year award for her outstanding achievements as a student-athlete and her involvement in community projects. Jenea McCammon was the first Lady Aggie to make a USATF Junior National final in the 400-meter hurdles. Dotrine Jacobs became the first Lady Aggie to make a USATF Junior National final in two events-the 100-meter hurdles and 400-meter hurdles-and was named an alternate in the 400-meter hurdles. On the men's side, Calesio Newman won three straight 100-meter MEAC Championships. After graduation, Newman competed in the 2011 Pan Am Games, becoming the first Aggie to be named to a USATF Senior National Team.
"I would like to thank Dr. Robinson, Mrs. Walker, the Search Committee, and all those involved in the process. I am extremely humbled and Blessed to receive such an opportunity to build upon the excellence by all those before me as well as accomplish the goals I have for the program, our university, and our student-athletes", said James Daniels.
Daniels has coached at all levels of track and field and has served as a consultant to numerous elite athletes. Daniels is a highly regarded lecturer and has spoken at the Nike Elite Summit, North Carolina Track & Cross Country Coaches Association and numerous high schools on the East Coast.
As an assistant track coach for the Division III national power, he was a part of four National Championship teams, coached two national record holders, six Division III National Champions and 114 All-American citations were earned.
Daniels graduated Cum Laude from Hampton University, earned Golden Key National Society Scholar Honors, became an Alpha Kappa Delta Sociology Honor Society Inductee, and he is USA Track & Field Level II Certified in Sprints, Hurdles, and Relays.
Daniels holds a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership.