Dan began his coaching career while he was still a competing athlete, serving as a volunteer assistant at both the University of Idaho and Washington State University from 1990-2004. Drawing upon the many lessons he learned from Washington State head coach Rick Sloan, the man who helped lead Dan to the Olympic gold medal, Dan has become a versatile and highly respected multi-event coach.

Since 2007 he has served as a volunteer assistant coach at Arizona State University, helping the storied Sun Devil program win four national team titles and three consecutive Pac-10 championships. In 2008 Dan was instrumental in helping Jackie Johnson, one of the most accomplished athletes in Arizona State history, finish second at the U.S. Championships en route to qualifying for the U.S. Olympic team in Beijing.

Dan also has coached at every level, from high school, collegiate, and professionals in speed conditioning and strength.

Dan fully lives by a champion’s code of ethics – “Outside of being the best I can be as an athlete, there is nothing more rewarding then helping young aspiring athletes to achieve their goals and dreams.”

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"My success on the track has taught me the lessons needed to be successful in life. Although I am done competing, the Olympic spirit is a constant inspiration for me each and every day.”

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Career Highlights

  • 5 time US Champion Decathlon
  • 3 time World Champion Decathlon
  • 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist-Decathlon
  • 1992-1999 World Record Holder Decathlon (8891 Pts.)
  • USATF Hall of Fame-Inducted 2006
  • USOC Hall of Fame-Inducted 2012
  • IAAF Hall of Fame-Inducted 2012
  • Motivational Speaking and Coaching: Overcoming Adversity, Learn from failure
  • Television and Internet: CBS sports, NBC Sports, ESPN, Yahoo Sports, CBS Radio to name a few


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