"Coach McDannald will be working primarily with the jumps, sprints, hurdles, and multis student-athletes as well as the primary recruiter for those event areas," said Block. "He brings a wealth of technical knowledge and experience from many years of coaching at many different levels from High School to NCAA Division I."
McDannald was a volunteer assistant coach for Utah State from 2016-18. With the Aggies, he coached eight Mountain West Conference champions, four NCAA Championship qualifiers and two USATF Championship qualifiers.
From 2014-16, McDannald was an assistant coach for Eastern Illinois. At EIU, he coached 40 Ohio Valley Conference champions, including the 2014 OVC Male Athlete of the Year.
Before EIU, McDannald was a volunteer assistant coach for the University of Illinois track and field team. With the Fighting Illini, he coached four Big Ten Conference champions and an All-American 4x400 relay team.
He competed as a member of the University of Southern California's track and field team. McDannald ran the 400m, 400 hurdles and the 4x4 relay with the Trojans. He was a member of the USC track and field team who won the 2003 Pac-10 team title and finished third at the NCAA Championships.
McDannald is a certified USATF level two sprints, hurdles and jumps coach and previously held NSCA-CPT Certification.
He graduated cum laude from Utah State in 2018 with a master's in exercise science. McDannald earned his bachelors magna cum laude in exercise science from Eastern Illinois in 2016.
McDannald and his wife Janna have a daughter, Olivia. He attended Saint Joseph-Ogden High School in Saint Joseph, Illinois.
"We are extremely excited to have Coach McDannald join our team," added Block. "His passion for the sport and dedication to student-athlete development is exceptional."