Daniel Isaacs is entering his third year as assistant coach for
Sacramento State. Isaacs primarily works with the men and women
pole vaulters and also assists with apparel, home meet management
and special projects. Isaacs is USATF Level 1 certified as well as
Pole Vault Safety Certified.
The Hornet vaulters have performed well under Isaacs. In 2014, UC Davis transfer Steven Pust vaulted onto the indoor top 10 list with a vault over 16-feet. He then joined the outdoor list after clearing 16-04.75 at the outdoor conference championship. Joining him on the list were fifth-year senior Brett Thompson (16-feet). The women performed well also as Miranda Dumas and Molly Pearlman each cracked the school's top 10 list.
In Isaac’s first year with the Hornet’s the vaulter’s experienced immediate success. Senior Blair Wallingford led the way earning all-conference accolades at the outdoor conference championship and competed at the NCAA First Round. He also climbed to the number two spots in school history with vaults of 17-00.75 indoor and 16-08.75, respectively. Freshman Miranda Duma,s in her first year vaulting, joined the outdoor all-time list with a height of 12-03.50. For the year, five vaulter’s accomplished all-time top ten heights.
Isaacs has spent the last 12 years coaching at the high school and club level. He spent 11 years as an assistant and head coach at Watauga High School in North Carolina before coaching at Kamehameha Schools in Hawaii during 2012. During his tenure at Watauga he tutored Sallie Gurganus to five consecutive North Carolina state titles with three resulting in state records. As with many of Isaacs’ athletes, Gurganus went on to great success at the University of South Carolina where she set school record and was a SEC scorer. Many of Isaacs’ athletes have gone on to successful collegiate careers. Isaacs has to his credit: six state titles, three state records and over 20 top three finishes in his tenure at Watauga. In 2010, Isaacs coached Stephanie Simpkins to a USATF club national championship in the pole vault and a personal best of 12-10.00.
Isaacs is a native of Boone NC where he attended Appalachian State studying anthropology. While at Appalachian Isaacs was a two sport athlete as a member of the track and field and basketball teams.