Track/Field Coaching Staff

Jason Bryan

Head Coach
Alma Mater: Anderson '08
Office Phone: (704) 645-4578

Jason Bryan became the head coach for the Catawba Men’s and Women’s Cross Country programs in 2014 and for Track and Field when it launched in 2017-18.  Bryan came to Catawba from the College of Charleston where he has served as an assistant coach for the men’s cross country team since August of 2012.

Bryan was a key recruiter for the College of Charleston and worked with all aspects of the program.  During his tenure the Cougars produced their first all-conference runner in a decade and set school records for 800m, 1500m and 5k distances.  The teams also earned several academic all-conference selections.

Prior to his stint at the College of Charleston, Bryan was an assistant for both the men’s and women’s cross country and track teams at Anderson University.  In 2011, he was named the USTFCCCA Women’s Division II Southeast Assistant Coach of the Year for track.

Bryan helped the Trojans to a pair of Conference Carolinas Championships in women’s cross country with three runners advancing as national qualifiers.  He helped produced eight all-conference runners on both the men’s and women’s side with the men having a conference runner-up finish.  In track, Anderson had three national qualifiers from the women’s team and one from the men’s squad.

Bryan earned a degree in business management from Anderson in 2008.  He was an assistant at Erskine for the 2008 season before returning to Anderson where he earned a master’s degree in business administration in 2010.

A four-year student-athlete for the Trojans in cross country and track & field, Bryan was a team captain his junior and senior years.  He was named all-conference as a junior, a year in which Anderson won the Carolinas Virginias Athletic Conference Championship.

 Bryan is a native of Greenville, S.C.  Bryan and his wife, Melissa, were married in December of 2013. They have a daughter, Hadley, and a son, Welles.

Track/Field Coaching Staff

Sterling Jones

Assistant Coach (Sprints/Jumps)
Alma Mater: Lenoir-Rhyne '17
Office Phone: (704) 645-4578

Sterling Jones joined the Catawba College Men’s and Women’s Track & Field Program as an Assistant Coach at the beginning of the 2020-21 season. He comes to Catawba after two years as an assistant at Barton.

A 2017 graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne, Jones earned a degree in exercise science. He also earned a Master’s at Lenoir-Rhyne. Jones was a four-year letterwinner on the Bears' squad, primarily as a hurdler. He was a member of the Dean’s List.

Jones holds certification for USA Track and Field Level 1, ALTIS Short Sprints and ALTIS Horizontal jumps, as well as several USTFCCCA Certifications. He served as a strength and conditioning Intern at Winston Salem State University and Lenoir Rhyne. He was an assistant coach at Lenoir-Rhyne 2018-19.

While at Lenoir-Rhyne, Jones helped the women's squad win its first-ever South Atlantic Conference Outdoor Championship. He is a native of Winston-Salem, N.C.

Track/Field Coaching Staff

Robert Marchinko

Assistant Coach (Distance)
Alma Mater: Kent State '94

Robert Marchinko joined the Catawba Cross Country and Track and Field Program as an assistant coach in January of 2018. He comes to Catawba with over 27 years of coaching at both the high school and collegiate level and will be helping coach the distance runners.

Marchinko spent three years as the Head Cross Country at Pfeiffer University from 2002-05. During his tenure, the men’s team qualified to the Division II National Championships for the first time in school history.  In addition, Marchinko coached both a two-time CVAC Conference Champion and Division II National Qualifier in Cross Country.  Marchinko was the CVAC Cross Country Coach of the Year in 2002.

Marchinko graduated from Kent State University in 1994 with a Bachelor’s of Science in physical education. He has been teaching physical education for 24 years, the last 18 years with Rowan-Salisbury Schools.

While at both Cleveland State and Kent State University, Marchinko earned all-conference honors in both cross country and track. He was Mid-Continent Conference Cross Country Champion and Runner of the Year in 1991. In addition, Marchinko has won the Charlotte Marathon in 2003 and 2005 and Myrtle Beach Marathon in 2005.

Marchinko, is a native of Jefferson, Ohio. Marchinko and his wife, Wendy, have lived in Salisbury since 2000. They have a son, Zachary, who ran cross country and track at Charlotte and was a four-time all-conference performer in Cross Country. He is currently an EC Teacher at Carson High School.

Track/Field Coaching Staff

Don Hesprich

Assistant Coach (Throws)

Don Hesprich joined the Catawba College Track & Field Staff as a volunteer during September of 2020. He had previously coached throwers for five years at Livingstone College.

During his time at Livingstone, Hesprich coached four CIAA individual conference champions. Before that, He coached the youth teams from Hurley YMCA (the Warriors) and the Salisbury Speedsters. One of the Speedster discus throwers went on to win the AAU Jr. Olympics National Championship.

Hesprich spent 40 years as a machine design and project engineer and retired from Michelin NA in 2010. As a young man, Hesprich was a track and field competitor in the shot put and discus where he enjoyed great success in both high school and college. He continued to compete in Masters track and field and in 2015 he won the USATF
Southeastern Regional Discus Championship.

Hesprich was certified by the United States Track and Field Association as a Level I coach in 2014. After gaining the required experience, he obtained in 2018 his USATF Level II coaching certification in the throws discipline, concurrently earning Certified Coaching status for NFHS with a sub-certification in Strength and
Conditioning. Hesprich was recently certified by the Track and Field Academy as a Throws Specialist.

Hesprich lives in Salisbury with his wife, Cindy, where they are restoring their 120-year-old home. He is a past president of the Salisbury Lions Club, and is a current member of the Salisbury Civitan Club. His hobbies include metal working in his shop where he also repairs throwing implements for reuse. 

Today's Events

No events scheduled until May 25


«May 2022»
May 1

Baseball vs. Newberry (SAC Tournament Elimination Game) 14-7

Baseball vs. Wingate (SAC Tournament Elimination Game)  0-6

May 5

Track/Field @ SAC Outdoor Championships (Day 1) 

May 6

Track/Field @ SAC Outdoor Championships (Day 2) M 6th / W 5th

May 15

Track/Field @ Lee University Last Chance Meet

Track/Field @ Mount Olive Final Qualifier

May 25

Track/Field @ NCAA II Outdoor Championships (Day 1)

May 26

Track/Field @ NCAA II Outdoor Championships (Day 2)

May 27

Track/Field @ NCAA II Outdoor Championships (Day 3)

May 28

Track/Field @ NCAA II Outdoor Championships (Day 4)


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Track/Field Team Photo