Basketball (M)

Basketball (M): Daniel Waln

Daniel Waln

Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: App State '13

Daniel Waln, regarded as one of the top recruiters in the country, joined the Catawba College men’s Basketball Staff as an Assistant Coach at the start of the 2019 season. Waln came to Catawba after successful stints as an Associate Head Coach as well as Assistant at programs such as Coastal Carolina University, West Virginia Wesleyan and Lees-McRae College.

Throughout his young coaching career, he has recruited three All-Americans, three Players of the Year, and two Freshman of the Year as well as numerous first and second team all-conference performers.

In his first season, Waln helped Catawba to their second straight NCAA appearance as well as grooming Devin Cooper and Marcell Hasket to record-breaking years on the court. Ranked nationally for most of the season, Waln helped lead an attacking and high energy defense that finished near the top in forced turnovers and steals, while also leading the NCAA in free throws made and free throws attempted. This helped lead the way for Catawba to finish with its second straight 20-win season.

Waln served as an assistant at Coastal Carolina under legendary Head Coach Cliff Ellis in the NCAA D1 Sun Belt Conference. Waln helped groom All-Sun Belt point guard Jaylen Shaw, who averaged 15 ppg for the Chanticleers, while helping CCU earn wins over Iona, Texas Arlington, and South Alabama. He also served as an Associate Head Coach at West Virginia Wesleyan in the powerful MEC, where he helped with the development of Daylin Lee.

At Lees-McRae, Waln was very instrumental in helping the Bobcats, another NCAA D2 school, to the most wins in school history. Hen was a key part of landing big-time talent at Lees-McRae. His 2014, 2015, and 2016 recruiting classes included six three-star recruits and garnered many accolades as the top NCAA D2 recruiting classes in the country. Known for his recruiting prowess, Waln landed some of the east coast's top prep and JUCO players as Lees-McRae's recruiting coordinator.

Waln was responsible for the recruitment of Austin Anderson, who earned 2016 All-American status and Conference Carolinas Player of the Year awards. Throughout Waln’s time at LMC, he brought in one Freshman of the Year and two Players of the Year. He was responsible for recruiting the LMC team that won the Conference Carolinas and broke a school record with 23 wins. Waln is well known throughout the Southeast as being one of the top recruiters of transfers and prep players.

He is a graduate of App State University.

Today's Events

Basketball (W) @ Coker, 5:30VideoStats
Basketball (M) @ Coker (Postponed), 0-0 T


«January 2022»
January 2

Basketball (M) YOUNG HARRIS (Postponed) 2 p.m.

January 3


January 5

Basketball (W) @ Anderson 81-85

January 8

Basketball (W) @ Tusculum 58-48

Basketball (M) @ Tusculum 73-85

January 10

Basketball (M) @ Anderson 93-87

January 12

Basketball (W) CARSON-NEWMAN 78-83

Basketball (M) CARSON-NEWMAN 81-84

January 15

Basketball (W) NEWBERRY 80-44

Basketball (M) NEWBERRY 63-83

January 19

Basketball (W) @ Coker 5:30 p.m.

Basketball (M) @ Coker (Postponed) 0-0

January 21

Track/Field @ Finn Pincus Inv. (Day 1)

January 22

Swimming @ Chowan

Track/Field @ Finn Pincus Inv. (Day 2)

Basketball (W) LINCOLN MEMORIAL noon

Basketball (M) LINCOLN MEMORIAL 2 p.m.

January 26

Basketball (W) LIMESTONE 5:30 p.m.

Basketball (M) LIMESTONE 8 p.m.

January 28

Track/Field @ VMI Winter Relays (Day 1)

January 29

Track/Field @ VMI Winter Relays (Day 2)

Basketball (W) @ Mars Hill 2 p.m.

Basketball (M) @ Mars Hill 4:30 p.m.


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