Aug. 6, 2008
Southern Miss Track and Field Head Coach Kevin Stephen announced the hiring of Danielle Keplinger as head cross country coach and assistant track and field coach for the Golden Eagle track program. This hiring is subject to approval by the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning.
"I am pleased to announce the addition of Danielle to my staff," Stephen said. "She brings a winning attitude and the work ethic to go along with it. I am excited about her ability to recruit quality student athletes and her technical knowledge of the distance events. Together we will work to get our Cross Country program competing for the conference title in the future."
Keplinger comes to Southern Miss after spending one season as an assistant coach at UAB, where she assisted with cross country and track and field, mainly working with distance runners. Her duties included travel, recruiting, over seeing travel budget, ordering and disseminating team apparel.
Before her stint at UAB, Keplinger was an assistant coach at Georgia Southern for two seasons where she worked with distance and middle distance runners. While there, she coached four school record holders in the 1,500 meters, 3,000 meters, 3,000-meter steeple and the 6K in cross country. Additional duties included scheduling competition, travel arrangements, managing equipment, monitoring academic progress and compiling weekly practice hours for compliance. She helped coach the women's track and field team to its first-ever Southern Conference outdoor championship in 2007.
Keplinger was a four-year letterwinner at Auburn in both cross country and track. She earned a bachelor's degree in education in 2005. She is currently completing requirements for a master's degree from Georgia Southern in kinesiology with an emphasis in coaching.