Waln enters his first season as men's basketball assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Lees-McRae.
Waln is a native of Ashe, N.C. and has spent the previous three seasons as a coach at Ashe County High helping lead them to three MVAC titles. He spent his previous two years as an AAU coach for the 15U Ashe County Lightning.
Most recently, Waln spent time coaching the East Coast Fusion 17U squad, based out of Richmond, Va., that competed in some of the nation's most prestigious prep basketball tournaments.
“This is a big step up for me in my career and I am so happy and blessed to be a part of the Lees-McRae basketball program,” said Waln. “I have had the opportunity to learn from some of the top coaches in the game and feel like I am prepared for this great new challenge.”
Waln also spent time learning from assistant coaches Tim Lawrence (Robert Morris University), Tyler Sanborn (Hampden-Sydney College) and Rhett Bonner (Virginia Wesleyan) as well as top North Carolina high school coach Marc Payne.
In addition to his coaching experience, Waln also got the
opportunity to be a basketball camp counselor during clinics at
Randolph-Macon College and Hampden-Sydney College.
He graduated from Appalachian State in Fall 2014 with a degree in Physical Education and Health.
What they're saying about Waln:
"Daniel is a excellent addition to our staff! Having the
opportunity to play and coach for Coach Marc Payne at Ashe County,
Daniel is seasoned in the day-to-day coaching regiment and ready to
take the next step in his coaching career. Coach Waln is a young
enthusiastic relentless recruiter and a high energy personality
that brings added passion to our rising program. He has recruiting
ties in Florida, Virginia, and locally by playing, coaching in the
area at the high school and AAU level. Daniel will be a valuable
asset in every phase of the program. Coach Waln is the
perfect fit for my FIRE system and I am blessed to have Daniel
apart of Lees McRae and our basketball program."
Steve Hardin, Lees-McRae College, Head Coach
"Daniel will be a great addition to the Lees-McRae staff. He will add an amplified amount of passion to their program. I know he will bring a ton of energy to the recruiting trail, and will excel through persistence. I look forward to watching his and Lees-McRae's progress." – Tyler Sanborn, Hampden-Sydney College Assistant Coach
“I have known Daniel for a few years now and during that
time he has demonstrated an uncommon enthusiasm and passion for the
game of basketball. This passion and ability to recruit paired with
his work ethic will bode very well for success at
Lees-McRae.” – Tim Lawrence, Robert Morris
University, Assistant Coach
"I'm very excited about Daniel getting his chance to put his mark on a college basketball program. I knew it was only a matter of time before he broke into the profession. In Daniel's short time as a coach, he has developed a body of experience and knowledge that will bring continued success and growth to whatever program he is associated with. He will do an excellent job and represent Lees-McRae College in a first class manner." – Rhett Bonner, Virginia Wesleyan, Assistant Coach
Waln's duties will include: Recruiting coordinator, scouting, coaching point guards, day-to-day operations of the program, local outreach and assisting in every phase of our program.