Former Lady Raider Dnaiel Added as Volunteer Assistant
Aug. 5, 2010
LUBBOCK, Texas - The Texas Tech track & field and cross country programs have added two-time national champion Leigh Daniel to its staff as a volunteer assistant coach, announced today by head coach Wes Kittley.
Daniel, an eight time All-American, ran for Texas Tech from 1996-2001 and was the first individual national champion in school history. She won the 1999 NCAA Indoor 5000M and 1999 Outdoor 10,000M titles. The Monterey High School graduate was a seven-time conference champion as well.
Prior to coming back to Lubbock, Daniel was the head women's cross country coach and assistant track coach at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio.
Daniel earned some fame after her and husband Nick Cordes, won the TODAY, "TODAY Throws a Wedding" contest last summer. The two were married on TODAY as it was televised on July 15, 2009 in New York City.
"It is great to have Leigh back in Lubbock and to have the opportunity to work with Texas Tech," head track and field coach Wes Kittley said. ""She has been coaching and the expertise she has running and coaching will be invaluable to our program and be a great example to our young ladies."
Daneil and Haron Lagat will help head cross country coach Jon Murray during the cross country season. The track program will announce more volunteer assistants later this fall.
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