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Pfaff to be Inducted Into USTFCCCA Hall of Fame

Aaron Hyder
Aaron Hyder
Asst. Communications Director

Baton Rouge, La. – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association of America announced on Tuesday that Dan Pfaff, a former assistant coach at LSU during the late 80s and early 90s, will be inducted into the USTFCCCA Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2018.

Pfaff served at LSU as the field events coach for 11 years ranging from the 1985 season to the 1995 campaign. During his 11-year stint in Baton Rouge, Pfaff helped LSU student-athletes garner 113 All-America honors over that span. LSU won 17 national titles (15 women and two men) during Pfaff’s tenure in Baton Rouge in which his athletes combined to score over 450 points at the NCAA meets.

Danyel Mitchell was a three-time national champion under the tutelage of Pfaff. Mitchell won back-to-back national titles in the discus throw in 1993 and 1994, and she captured the indoor national title in the shot put in 1993. Daphnie Saunders also leaped her way to three national titles while training under Pfaff; Saunders won back-to-back national titles in the indoor long jump in 1993 and 1994 and she later added an outdoor long jump national title in 1994.

Over the course of his career, Pfaff directed 33 athletes to the Olympic Games who collected a total of 10 medals. In addition to his athletes performing well on the Olympic stage, he coached five athletes to world records during their careers. He coached in 10 Olympic Games and 15 World Championships to go along with lecturing in 37 countries. He was appointed education curriculum chair for both the U.S. Track & Field Coaches Education Schools and the NACAC Caribbean Basin Project and is the lead instructor for each organization.

Coaching Career

University of Houston – Graduate Assistant

UTEP – Head Coach

LSU (1985-95) – Assistant Coach

Texas – Assistant Coach

Florida – Assistant Coach

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