Former Tiger All-American Emily (Loeffler) Daum ‘09 is in her sixth season as head coach of the Trinity men’s and women’s cross country teams. Coach Daum also serves as an assistant coach of Trinity’s track & field teams, focusing on distance runners.
In 2018, women’s runner Molly McCullough became Trinity’s first back-to-back cross country All-American in school history. McCullough placed #21 at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships. Her performance was the third best in school history. McCullough also became the only Trinity cross country runner to earn multiple All-America honors. She later earned All-America honors in the 2019 NCAA Division III Track & Field Championships, placing fourth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. McCullough was elected the 2018-19 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Woman of the Year.
Elliot Blake placed 102nd in the 2018 Men’s NCAA 8k event. Blake was also the Tiger men’s first student-athlete to compete at cross country nationals since 2015.
Coach Daum has guided the Tiger men’s and women’s teams to the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Championship for two consecutive years. As a result, she was elected the SCAC Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2017 and 2018.
All told, Coach Daum has been selected as the SCAC Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year on three occasions (2015, 2018, and 2018), and the Women’s Coach of the Year twice (2017 and 2018).
During Coach Daum’s time at the helm, there have been one All-American, 15 All-Region runners, four SCAC Runners of the Year, five SCAC Newcomers of the Year, and 32 All-SCAC recipients.
The 2017 season was the most successful campaign of Coach Daum’s tenure, as the Tiger women qualified as a team for the NCAA Championships. Trinity placed 16th at the national meet for the third-best performance in Trinity history. The 2008 team finished sixth and the 2012 squad was 12th.
Trinity’s women’s squad captured the 2017 NCAA South/Southeast Regional. Coach Daum was tabbed as the NCAA Women’s Cross Country South/Southeast Region Coach of the Year by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The Tiger men finished in fifth place at the 2017 Regional.
Trinity sent three runners - two men and one woman - to the 2015 NCAA Cross Country Country Championships. The Tiger men placed third at the Regional, and the women finished fourth. Trinity’s men’s team won the SCAC Championship with a perfect score of 15, and the women were runners-up.
Coach Daum had been an assistant cross country coach for the previous two seasons before taking over as head coach in July 2014. Prior to the Trinity women’s 20th-place finish at the 2013 NCAA Championships, the Tigers won the South/Southeast Regional for the second consecutive occasion.
The Tiger men came in at #32 at the 2012 NCAA Championships, competing in their first postseason event. Both teams captured the SCAC Championships in 2012 and 2013.
Coach Daum earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Trinity in May 2009, with concentrations in marketing and management, along with a minor in physical education. As a student-athlete, Coach Daum became Trinity’s first All-American in cross country. During her collegiate career, Coach Daum was a four-time All-American in cross country, indoor track & field, and outdoor track & field. She was a two-time SCAC Runner of the Year in both cross country and track & field.
The talented Coach Daum sparked Trinity cross country to its highest finish in program history. The Tigers placed sixth at the 2008 NCAA Championships, as Coach Daum finished 17th individually, the second-best performance in Trinity’s record books.
Coach Daum is Trinity’s outdoor track & field record-holder in the 1,500 meters, 3,000 meters; and 3,000-meter steeplechase, as well as the indoor 3,000 meters. She is ranked second in the 6k and third in the 5k cross country times.
In 2009, Coach Daum was the recipient of the NCAA Ethnic Minority and Women’s Internship Grant Program, which led to a two-year appointment as Coordinator of Marketing and Promotions in Trinity’s Department of Athletics. She also served as the assistant to both the Director of Athletics and Sports Information Director.
Coach Daum earned a master’s degree in kinesiology in May 2011 from Texas A&M University-San Antonio. That same month, the former Emily Loeffler married Jeremy Daum ‘08, who was a Trinity cross country standout. He currently serves as the Tiger volunteer assistant coach. The couple welcomed their daughter, Emma, in March 2015. Their son, Ethan, was born in June 2017.
The “coaching couple” has turned in top performances at numerous road races, including San Antonio’s Humana Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon. Some of Coach Emily Daum’s personal-best times on the track include a mark of 16:33 in the 5,000 meters, a 9:41 in the 3,000 meters, and a 4:34 in the 1,500 meters.