Daniel Wooten ’13
Longwood cross country has a new leader whose experience as a Lancer reaches back to his college days—and whose connections to the community reach back even further.
Assistant coach and Longwood alumnus Daniel Wooten ’13 was elevated to head coach in early May. Wooten served as assistant coach of the program during the 2017-18 year and will now take over both the men’s and women’s teams. His appointment to head coach is the continuation of a coaching career that has seen him climb through the middle-school and high-school ranks in the Prince Edward County school system and now through the collegiate ranks at his alma mater.
“Throughout the interview process, the things that stood out about Daniel were his detailed vision for Longwood cross country, his understanding of the priorities we place on the program and his unwavering desire to take the reins,” said Longwood Director of Athletics Troy Austin.
“Daniel has many intangibles that can’t be taught, including an intrinsic drive to become better at all he does. I know he is excited to take over the cross country program at his alma mater, and I’m excited to see where he will lead the team.”
Wooten joined Longwood’s cross country staff as an assistant coach prior to the 2017 season and immediately contributed to all aspects of the program. He played a key role in assembling the largest incoming freshman class in program history, which will add 14 newcomers—seven men and seven women— to the roster this fall.
“I would like to say thank you to everyone at Longwood University and Longwood athletics who gave me this opportunity,” said Wooten, who also ran track and cross country at Prince Edward High School in Farmville.
“To have the chance to become a head coach at the Division I level in my own hometown and at the university I graduated from is an amazing feeling. I am looking forward to impacting the young men and women of Longwood cross country not only on the course but also in the classroom and, most importantly, continuing the Lancer way of building leaders in the community.”