CONWAY, SC - Daniel Waln, who played at Ashe County High School and graduated from Appalachian State University, has been named a special assistant quality control coach with the men's basketball team at Coastal Carolina University.

Coastal Carolina is a Division I school in Conway, S.C., and a member of the Sun Belt Conference.

Prior to joining the Chanticleers, Waln spent several seasons at Lees-McRae.

Waln was a key part of recruiting at Lees-McRae. Two of the recruiting classes included six three-star recruits. Known for his recruiting prowess, Waln landed some of the East Coast's top prep players as Lees-McRae's recruiting coordinator.

He was responsible for the recruitment of Austin Anderson, who earned 2016 All-American Honorable Mention and Conference Carolina Player of the Year honors. Marcus Cassesa, who was rated a three-star prospect and No. 4 guard in the state of Florida. Keith Heard II, who led the state of Georgia in blocked shots and like Cassesa was rated as a three-star prospect. Charles Dickson, a three-star prospect, and one of Chicago's top prospect. Waln has been known to recruit the state of Florida extremely well but reached out to Nashville to land one of the top prep prospects in three-star recruit Cedriontis Wilson.

During Waln's second season he was apart of a LMC team that defeated then-No. 4 Mount Olive at home. After breaking the total wins and conference wins school record in 2014-15, the Bobcats accomplished the same feat while earning a No. 3 seed in the Conference Carolinas Men's Basketball Championship and hosted the first postseason game in school history. The team earned the NABC all-academic award while Anderson grabbed six postseason awards. He was tabbed to second-team all-district. The Bobcats had three representatives inducted into the Chi Alpha Sigma North Carolina chapter. The team boasted a GPA of 3.4.

During Waln's first season at LMC, the Bobcats put together a season for the history books by winning school-record 15 games. LMC finished fifth, marking the highest finish in school history as members of Conference Carolinas.

Lees-McRae led the conference and ranked nationally in steals (10.5) and the Bobcat team valued the basketball by leading the conference with fewest turnovers a game (11.2) and the 2014-15 team tied for the most points per game. (82.9).

The Bobcats ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in nine categories. Waln helped groom point guard Sean Deniton, who earned third-team all-conference and academic honors and guard Jaquise Moore, who earned Conference Carolinas first-team honors and led the nation in steals per contest.

Before coming to Lees-McRae, Waln was the coach at Ashe County High School where he won three MVAC championships. Along with coaching high school, Waln spent time coaching a highly regarded AAU program in the East Coast Fusion 17U squad, based out of Richmond, Va., that competed in some of the nation's most prestigious prep basketball tournaments.

He graduated from Appalachian State with a degree in Physical Education.

Photo Courtesy: Daniel Waln, LMC Athletics