WASHINGTON – The American University cross country and track program is excited to announce Danielle Gray as the program's new assistant coach, first-year head coach Sean Graham announced.
"The student-athletes, staff and I are very excited about Danielle joining our team," Graham said. "Her experience in coaching across a number of different areas, in addition to her own success as an athlete, will be very valuable to us immediately.
"I am very honored Coach Graham gave me the opportunity to join the track and cross country staff at American," Gray said. "He is a proven coach with a tremendous vision for how successful this program can be. I am very excited to work with a great group of coaches and student-athletes to achieve success in the classroom and on the track."
Gray comes to AU from Navy, where she spent nearly three years as a volunteer track coach and camp coach. She has also worked as a personal trainer at Gold's Gym since 2013.
Prior to her time at Navy, Gray worked as a strength and conditioning coach at George Mason and Georgetown, and served as an assistant coach at Bloomsburg University from 2012-13.
During her time at Bloomsburg, she helped develop one NCAA DII cross country championships qualifier, one NCAA DII indoor track championships qualifier, four DII NCAA outdoor track championships qualifiers, and two NCAA DII All-Americans. She also coached four all-region performers, five PSAC (Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference) Champions, and 18 school-record performances.
Gray was also the head cross country and assistant track & field coach at the University of Southern Mississippi from 2008-09, and an assistant coach at the University of Alabama-Birmingham from 2007-08.
A successful student-athlete in her own right, Gray was a three-year letterwinner during her undergraduate career at Auburn. She graduated in 2005 with a bachelor of science in education and went on to earn a master of science in kinesiology from Georgia Southern in 2010.
"We are continuing to build on the past success of this program, and I was very impressed with her attitude and excitement for the goals we have set," Graham said. "Danielle has a keen knowledge of training middle-distance and distance women, as well as a great background from her time as an NCAA athlete. I think she will bring a great perspective to both the women's and men's team."
"I want to thank Coach Graham and American for letting me be a part of this prestigious university," Gray said. "I am excited for the future of the cross country and track programs, and can't wait to be a part of the process as we continue to build success."
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