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Dan Flaute returns for his second year as the head men's and women's cross country and track and field coach, after completing a successful first year which included numerous milestone achievements.
In his first year the cross country programs excelled capturing four Top 3 finishes, including one first place for the men's team, and six Top 5 finishes combined. Individually Musketeer runners produced five Top 5 finishes, 20 Top 15 finishes, and 36 Top 25 finishes. In his second meet as head coach Flaute guided the Musketeer men to victory and the women to a second-place finish at the Queen City Invitational to take the region title from Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.
Flaute's first year also produced a record-breaking year for the men's program. The Xavier men finished sixth in a tight Atlantic 10 Championship meet, before placing 14th out of 31 teams for its best every finish at a regional race.
The track and field teams also enjoyed tremendous success during Flaute's inaugural season, as six individuals won Atlantic 10 Conference medalist honors, which tied the 2009 total for most medals one during an indoor and outdoor season, and set 10 men's school records and 11 women's school records. Additionally, the men's team finished with its best ever point and position total at the 2011 A-10 Outdoor Track and Field Championship.
Senior Tommy Kauffmann won the first A-10 outdoor track and field individual title for the men and also placed third at the conference 5,000-meter run at the indoor meet. Nick Williams also won a silver medal in the 200-meter dash at the indoor meet, and bronze medal in the 100-meter dash at the outdoor meet. Brittani Peltz captured silver in the 400-meter finals at the A-10 indoor meet, and Emily Tyler took bronze in the 100-meter hurdles at the A-10 outdoor meet.
Prior to being named the head coach in June 2010, Flaute served as the head girls' cross country coach at Wyoming since the 2008 season and was also the head boys' coach during the 2009 season.
The Wyoming boys' cross country team earned league and district runner-up honors in 2009, while the 2008 girls cross country squad posted its best finish in a regional meet in six years. The 2008 girls' team was district runner-up in 2008 and won the Cincinnati Hills League Championship as well. Flaute was honored as the Division II and III Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2008 by the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Additionally, Flaute was the assistant girls track coach at Wyoming for three seasons and enjoyed a great deal of success. Two individuals and one relay team qualified for the state meet after Wyoming failed to be represented for the previous ten seasons. Flaute guided nine regional qualifiers in two seasons and Wyoming to a sixth-place finish in the 1600 meter run in 2009.
Flaute guided 12 regional track qualifiers on the girls' team in three years in addition to three regional qualifiers from the boys team in 2010.
Prior to his time at Wyoming, Flaute was the assistant cross country & track coach at Archbishop Alter High School in Kettering, Ohio from 2003-07. The Alter girls cross country team won District and Regional Championships in 2004, 2005 and 2006 and also took second-place in the State Tournament in each of those seasons. The boys' team won a District Championship in 2005 and also placed fourth in the State Tournament that year. From 2003-06, the boys' team had seven individual State Tournament qualifiers.
Flaute helped lead the girls track team won the State Championship in the 3200 meter relay in 2004 and 2007 and to a runner-up finish in 2006. He also helped the boys' team post seven state qualifiers and five state placers.
Prior to this time at Alter, Flaute was the assistant cross country & track coach at Carroll High School in Dayton, Ohio from 2000-03. He helped the girls' cross country team to a District Championship in 2001, while the boys' team registered two regional qualifiers in 2000 and 2002.
Flaute graduated from Bowling Green State University with a bachelor's degree in accounting. He was named team captain for the 1999 season and was a member of the All-Mid-American Conference Team in 1998.