Emily Daum has completed four seasons as head coach of the Trinity Tigers men’s and women’s cross country teams. She also serves as an assistant coach of Trinity’s track & field teams, focusing on distance runners.
The 2017 campaign was the most successful of Coach Daum’s tenure, as the Tiger women qualified as a team for the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships. Trinity finished 16th at nationals. It was the third-best performance in school history, behind the 2008 team which placed sixth,and the 2012 squad that was 12th. It marked the first time Trinity qualified as a team since the 2013 Tigers finished in 20th place.
Junior Molly McCullough became the third cross country All-American in Trinity history with a 38th-place finish in the 2017 event. McCullough crossed the finish line in 21:37.10, the third-best in school history at the NCAA Championships. She became the first Tiger cross country All-American since 2009.
Last season, McCullough placed 65th as an individual at the NCAAs, which was the best finish in school history for a sophomore. Laura Taylor broke that record at the 2017 meet with a 57th-place performance.
The Tiger women captured the NCAA South/Southeast Regional with a score of 80 points, edging Emory (GA) University by a mere three points. Four Tiger women earned All-Region honors, led by McCullough’s third-place finish. McCullough broke the 6k school record, established by Coach Daum (formerly Loeffler) at the 2008 NCAA Championships. Trinity’s men finished in fifth place, and two Tigers picked up All-Region accolades at the 2017 Regional.
Coach Daum led the Tiger men’s and women’s teams to the 2017 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships. Trinity’s 21 points in the women’s race was the fifth-lowest scored in conference history, while the men’s mark of 24 points was the sixth-best.
Taylor and McCullough went 1-2 in the women’s event, leading eight runners to All-SCAC honors. Taylor became the first Trinity runner to win SCAC Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Year since 2013. The Tiger men had seven runners on the All-SCAC Team, paced by runner-up Michael Erickson. Harry Bellow finished sixth to earn SCAC Newcomer of the Year honors, and Jordan Juran was the Women’s Newcomer of the Year, with a ninth-place finish.
Coach Daum was honored by her colleagues for the success of the teams. She was elected the 2017 NCAA Division III Women’s Cross Country South/Southeast Region Coach of the Year by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Coach Daum received a double honor as the SCAC Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year.
In 2016, the Tiger women's team placed fifth at the Regional, and the men came in at #8. Both Tiger squads finished second in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships.
The Tigers sent three runners - two men and one woman - to the 2015 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships. Trinity's men placed third at the NCAA South/Southeast Regional, and the women came in fourth.
Trinity's men captured the 2015 SCAC Championship, with a perfect score of 15, and the women were runners-up. Coach Daum was elected the SCAC Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year.
Coach Daum, a 2009 Trinity graduate, had been an assistant cross country coach for the previous two seasons before taking over the helm in July 2014. Prior to the 2013 NCAA 20th-place finish of the Tiger women’s team, Trinity won the NCAA South/Southeast Regional Championship for the second consecutive occasion. Trinity’s men placed ninth at the Regionals.
The Tiger men came in at the No. 32 position at the 2012 NCAA Championships, competing in their first postseason event.
Both teams captured the SCAC Championships for two years in a row, in 2012 and 2013. The women’s squad amassed a perfect score of 15 points at the 2013 meet, while the men chalked up 28 points.
Coach Daum earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Trinity in May 2009, with concentrations in marketing and management. Her minor was physical education. As a student-athlete, Coach Daum earned the honor of becoming Trinity’s first male or female All-American in the sport of cross country.
Overall, Coach Daum was a four-time All-American, in cross country, indoor track & field, and outdoor track & field. She also was a two-time SCAC Runner of the Year, in both cross country and track & field. The talented Coach Daum spearheaded Tiger cross country to its highest finish in program history. Trinity placed sixth at the 2008 NCAA Championships, while Coach Daum finished No. 17 in the individual competition.
Coach Daum is also a five-time Trinity record-holder in cross country (5k), indoor track (3,000 meters), and outdoor track (1,500 meters, 3,000 meters, and 3,000-meter steeplechase).
She was the recipient of the NCAA Ethnic Minority and Women’s Internship Grant Program in 2009, which led to a two-year appointment as Coordinator of Marketing and Promotions, and Assistant to the Director of Athletics, and Sports Information Director.
Coach Daum received a master’s degree in kinesiology in May 2011 from Texas A&M University-San Antonio. That same month, she married Jeremy Daum ’08, a former Trinity cross country standout. He currently serves as a Trinity volunteer coach. The couple welcomed their daughter, Emma, into the world on March 22, 2015. Their son, Ethan, was born on June 20, 2017.
The two coaches have turned in top performances at numerous road races, including San Antonio’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon. Some of Coach Emily Daum's personal bests on the track include a 16:33 in the 5,000m, a 9:41 in the 3,000m, and a 4:34 in the 1,500m.