The excitement kicked off with our gymnastics team beating Florida on Friday night in a down-to-the-wire contest that ultimately required our two seniors, Diandra Milliner and Kim Jacob, each scoring 9.85 in the final event of the evening to bring home the victory.
Dan Waters was named the head men's and women's track coach at the University of Alabama on May 11, 2011 after seven successful seasons at Texas A&M.
While serving recruiting coordinator and distance coach for the Aggies under the tutelage of legendary A&M head coach Pat Henry he was a key contributor to a coaching staff that has led the Aggies to unprecedented success on the conference and national scene. The Aggies have won six NCAA national championships including back-to-back-to-back men's and women's outdoor titles, a feat that had never before been accomplished.
The Aggie women won eight consecutive Big 12 titles in the past four years (four indoor, four outdoor) while the A&M men claimed their first Big 12 Indoor title in 2001, the men's first conference indoor title since a Southwest Conference team title in 1980. Both programs have been ranked No. 1 by USTFCCCA over the past couple of years both indoors and outdoors.
"After an intensive and thorough national search, we are proud to welcome Dan Waters as the head coach of our combined men's and women's track and field programs," UA Athletic Director Mal Moore said. "We set out to find a coach who would bring energy, organization and a winning background to our track and field program. Dan has a proven record of conference as well as national championship success and he is an outstanding recruiter who will put together an excellent coaching staff. We are very excited about the future of Alabama track and field."
"I am excited to have the opportunity to lead the Alabama track and field program," Waters said. "Alabama has an outstanding reputation in college athletics and a rich tradition in track and field. I look forward to the challenge ahead. Coach Moore has a vision for our program and he is dedicated to being the very best. I look forward to working with him and the entire staff."
One of the nation's top distance coaches, Waters also served as the recruiting coordinator at Texas A&M and assisted the process of upgrading the program's talent level to be consistently competitive on the conference and national level. His recruiting and coaching efforts have been vital in the men and women each winning three consecutive NCAA Outdoor Championships in 2009, 2010 and 2011, as the program became just the second school to achieve the NCAA Championship double-double since LSU in 1989 and 1990 and the first to have both programs win three in a row.
Recent recruiting classes at Texas A&M have earned No. 1 rankings by Track & Field News. In fact, in 2009 both the men and women recruiting classes were chosen the top recruiting classes in the nation by the monthly magazine, becoming just the second school to earn that acclaim in the 15-year history of Track & Field News ranking collegiate classes. The Aggie women also enjoyed a three-year run as the No. 1 class, from 2007 to 2009, becoming the first women's program to achieve the feat.
Known for his strong administrative and organizational skills, Waters has overseen the event management at championship events, including the 2009 and 2011 NCAA Indoor Championships, 2009 Big 12 Indoor Championships, and 2003 Southeastern Conference Cross Country Championships.
In cross country, Waters earned the Men's South Central Region Coach of the Year honor in 2008 when Texas A&M won the team title during the region meet and qualified for the NCAA Championships. It was the first time in 18 years that a team defeated powerhouse Arkansas for the region title. Waters has also qualified 16 individuals to the NCAA Cross Country Championships over the past 15 years. The region team title the Aggie men claimed in 2008 was the school's first since 2003 and just the sixth overall. It also marked the first time that a distance coach on Henry's staff has qualified a cross country team to the NCAA Championships.
Waters came to Texas A&M in August 2004 after serving a three-year stint overseeing the distance program at the University of Georgia and five years at Texas Christian in a similar capacity.
During his stay in Athens, Ga., Waters led the Bulldogs men's team to the program's first appearance in the NCAA Cross Country Championships, as well as a team victory at the NCAA South Region Championships. At the conference level, the Georgia men placed second for the highest finish in school history, while the women's team matched its highest finish with a runner-up effort. On the track, Waters' distance runners broke seven school records.
At TCU, Waters helped the Horned Frogs to four Western Athletic Conference team championships - two in indoor track and field, one in outdoor track and field, and one in cross country. The 2000 WAC cross country and indoor track crowns were the first team conference titles in TCU history. During his stay in Fort Worth, the Horned Frogs notched four top-four NCAA finishes and TCU was ranked No. 1 nationally by Trackwire.com in 2001.
Among his athletes at TCU was Khadevis Robinson, who won the 1998 NCAA 800 meter crown. Robinson is a two-time U.S. Champion that competed in the 800 at the 2004 Olympic Games.
Waters began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Texas from 1995-96.
Waters is married to the former Jennifer Miller. He received his bachelor's degree in secondary education from the University of Kansas in 1995. A standout runner for the Jayhawks, Waters was the 1992 Big Eight champion in the 800 meters and ran a leg on KU's All-America indoor 3,200-meter relay in 1991. Elected the Jayhawks' team captain in 1993 and 1995, Waters was an Academic All-American in 1995.
THE DAN WATERS FILE PERSONAL INFORMATION BIRTHDATE: October 25, 1971 HOMETOWN: Prairie Village, Kansas HIGH SCHOOL: Bishop Miege High School COLLEGE: University of Kansas - Bachelor's Degree (Secondary Education), 1995.
COACHING CAREER: 2004-11: Assistant Track Coach and Head Cross Country Coach, Texas A&M 2001-04: Assistant Track Coach and Head Cross Country Coach, Georgia 1996-2001: Assistant Track Coach and Head Cross Country Coach, TCU 1995-96: Volunteer Assistant Track Coach, Texas
COACHING HONORS: *Recruited national top ten ranked recruiting classes in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 as determined by Track and Field News. *Member of coaching staffs that have produced 19 NCAA top ten team finishes. *Member of the Texas A&M coaching staff of the 2009 and 2010 men's and women's NCAA national outdoor championship teams. *Coached the 2008 Texas A&M men's cross country team to South Central regional championship, breaking a 19-year winning streak by the University of Arkansas. *Member of the Texas A&M coaching staff for the 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 Big Twelve Women's indoor and outdoor conference championship teams. *Coached the 2003 Georgia Men's team to NCAA Cross Country Championship appearance (first in school history). *Coached the 2003 Georgia Men's team to South Region Cross Country Championship. *Coached the Georgia Men's and Women's team to runner up finish at the 2003 SEC Cross Country Championship (highest ever finish for the men's team; equaling the highest finish for the women's team). *Coached the 2000, 2001 WAC Indoor Men's Team Champions at TCU (the first conference title in school history). *Coached the 2000 WAC Cross Country Women's Team Champions at TCU (the first conference title in school history). *Member of the 1996 Southwest Conference Outdoor Championship coaching staff while at the University of Texas.