Dan Haakenson is in his fifth season as a cross country assistant coach at Pacific Lutheran after starting in 2008. Haakenson, also the throwing coach for the PLU track & field team, serves in an administrative role for cross country.
Haakenson competed as a thrower for four years at PLU, winning three conference championships in the discus and hammer. As a senior, he was recognized as an All-American in the hammer throw.
In the past three four seasons he has coached five athletes to six national championships appearances.
Haakenson earned his bachelors degree from PLU in 2005 with a double major in English and Classics.