Cross Country

Chester Tabbed to Become Next Cross Country Coach


SALISBURY, NC -- Brittany Chester, assistant coach for men’s and women’s cross country at Catawba College, will be promoted to head coach upon the retirement of Bill Haggerty at season’s end.  The announcement was made today by Dennis Davidson, Director of Athletics.

Chester, a four-year cross country letter winner at Catawba (2005-08) and team captain as a senior, has assisted Haggerty since 2009.  Chester has also been head girls cross country and track coach at West Rowan High School, where she has also been a science teacher since 2009.
Haggerty is in his 14th season as head cross country coach at Catawba.  Haggerty, who plans to retire in November, was also assistant men’s basketball coach (1987-2013) and head women’s basketball coach (1984-87) at Catawba.

 Chester and Rory Godsey have been assisting Haggerty in cross country and Godsey will remain in that position under Chester.

 “We are pleased that Brittany has accepted this challenge, and equally pleased that Rory will remain on the staff,” said Davidson. “These two young ladies are Catawba graduates, former runners and exceptional role models for both men and women student athletes.

 “Brittany has a proven record as a head coach in high school and I believe that she can accomplish great goals with our college teams as well,” continued Davidson.

 While a student at Catawba, in addition to running cross country, Chester was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Delphinian Society, the math club, the chemistry society and the NatureSafe club.  She graduated in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in environmental education.

 Chester was a cross country runner at West Rowan High School, earning All-North Piedmont Conference and All-Rowan County honors.

 As a high school coach, Chester was North Piedmont Conference Coach of the Year in 2012 and 2013, after leading the Falcons to championships (cross country in 2012 and track in 2013).

 Chester is a member of various professional organizations, including the N.C. Coaches Association, the N.C. Science Teachers Association, the Catawba College Center for the Environment and the West Rowan FFA Alumni (life/board member).

 Still an avid runner herself, Chester is the founder/director of the Tom Cowden 5K, raising money for Rowan County Families in Need, since 2011.

 Also associated with her family’s organic dairy farm, Chester resides in Mt. Ulla with her husband, Jason.

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