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Rob Perron

Head Coach
Alma Mater: St. Andrews '96

Rob Perron became the 12th men’s basketball coach in school history prior to the 2014-15 season. He came to Catawba after serving as associate head coach at Newberry. 

Taking over a squad that had won less than 10 games in each of the three previous seasons, Perron has guided Catawba to double-digit wins each year. In 2018-19, the Indians returned to NCAA Tournament action for the first time since 2010 and equaled the school’s record wins since joining NCAA II.

Perron served as recruiting coordinator at Newberry and helped implement an offensive system that ranked second in the nation in scoring in his final season with the Wolves.  Newberry just missed getting an invitation to the NCAA II Regional.

Prior to joining Dave Davis at Newberry, Perron was the Director of Basketball Operations for the Charlotte 49ers from 2006 to 2012.  While there, he worked with all aspects of the program, including managing the budget, recruiting, scheduling and community engagement.

Perron also worked with Davis at Pfeiffer before going to Charlotte.  He was head coach at St. Andrews from 2002 to 2005 and took a 2-25 team prior to his arrival to the CVAC Tournament semifinals in his first season.  He started his coaching career at St. Andrews as an assistant in 1997.

A 1996 graduate of St. Andrews, Perron earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology.  While at St. Andrews, he was team MVP and was captain of the basketball, cross country and track teams.  He scored over 1,100 points with over 700 rebounds in a four-year playing career which also included two seasons at Normandale (Minn.) Community College.

Although he becomes Catawba’s 12th head coach, Perron is just the third man to guide the Catawba Indians since 1960.  He replaced Jim Baker, who was head coach for 20 seasons.  Sam Moir had guided Catawba for the previous 34 years.

Perron and his wife, Stephanie, have two children, Carter (11) and Stella (8).  Stephanie is a native of Charlotte and is a RN at REACH.

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Derrick Wall

Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: UNC Pembroke '15

Derrick Wall joined the Catawba College Men’s Basketball Coaching staff in the spring of 2018. He comes to Catawba following a successful tenure on the Adidas Gauntlet Summer Circuit as well as being the Associate Head Coach at Woodside High School in Newport News, Va.

With the Adidas Gauntlet Summer Circuit, Wall led Team Loaded NC to an 88% winning percentage in his three years and a #2 finish in the 2017 Gauntlet Finale 17 Division. The team ranked as a top 15 squad in the country overall. At Woodside from 2015-17, Wall helped lead the team to the District and Regional Championship as well as a state semi-final appearance.

Wall began his coaching career at Anson High School in Wadesboro N.C., serving as an assistant coach for two years. While at Anson, he helped them reach the state playoffs both seasons, including a conference championship in his final year.

A 2015 graduate from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Wall earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise science with a concentration in sports management. He has coached and mentored 40+ players that have gone on to the Division 1 level and several into NBA and professional ranks.

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Daniel Waln

Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: App State '13

Daniel Waln, regarded as one of the top recruiters in the country, joined the Catawba College men’s Basketball Staff as an Assistant Coach at the start of the 2019 season. Waln came to Catawba after successful stints as an Associate Head Coach as well as Assistant at programs such as Coastal Carolina University, West Virginia Wesleyan and Lees-McRae College.

Throughout his young coaching career, he has recruited three All-Americans, three Players of the Year, and two Freshman of the Year as well as numerous first and second team all-conference performers.

In his first season, Waln helped Catawba to their second straight NCAA appearance as well as grooming Devin Cooper and Marcell Hasket to record-breaking years on the court. Ranked nationally for most of the season, Waln helped lead an attacking and high energy defense that finished near the top in forced turnovers and steals, while also leading the NCAA in free throws made and free throws attempted. This helped lead the way for Catawba to finish with its second straight 20-win season.

Waln served as an assistant at Coastal Carolina under legendary Head Coach Cliff Ellis in the NCAA D1 Sun Belt Conference. Waln helped groom All-Sun Belt point guard Jaylen Shaw, who averaged 15 ppg for the Chanticleers, while helping CCU earn wins over Iona, Texas Arlington, and South Alabama. He also served as an Associate Head Coach at West Virginia Wesleyan in the powerful MEC, where he helped with the development of Daylin Lee.

At Lees-McRae, Waln was very instrumental in helping the Bobcats, another NCAA D2 school, to the most wins in school history. Hen was a key part of landing big-time talent at Lees-McRae. His 2014, 2015, and 2016 recruiting classes included six three-star recruits and garnered many accolades as the top NCAA D2 recruiting classes in the country. Known for his recruiting prowess, Waln landed some of the east coast's top prep and JUCO players as Lees-McRae's recruiting coordinator.

Waln was responsible for the recruitment of Austin Anderson, who earned 2016 All-American status and Conference Carolinas Player of the Year awards. Throughout Waln’s time at LMC, he brought in one Freshman of the Year and two Players of the Year. He was responsible for recruiting the LMC team that won the Conference Carolinas and broke a school record with 23 wins. Waln is well known throughout the Southeast as being one of the top recruiters of transfers and prep players.

He is a graduate of App State University.

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Jermon Marsh

Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: Bemidji State '08

Jermon Marsh joins the Catawba Men’s Basketball staff for the 2018-19 season and comes from Davidson County Community College, where he spent the last three years coaching basketball. In his three years coaching there, DCCC posted an overall record of 87-13 and went to Elite 8 National Tournament twice. In 2016, the team made it the school’s first Final Four appearance ever.

Before his stint at Davidson County Community College, Marsh coached one year at Dallas Christian College in Texas, who finished fifth in the nation at the National Tournament in Missouri. At both colleges he has also served as the Strength & Conditioning Coach. He holds four different certifications in Fitness as well.

Marsh graduated from Bemidji State University in Minnesota with a degree in sports management degree. While at Bemidji, he was a scholarship athlete for three years. He transferred to Warren Wilson College for his senior season and earned All-America honors.

After college, Marsh had a brief stint as a professional basketball player before going into his exercise fitness and basketball coaching career. He recently earned a masters of education degree in coaching from Greenville University. He played his high school basketball at Copperas Cove High School in Texas, where he was a 6A All-District player during his junior and senior year.

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Kancho Spasoff

Special Assistant to Head Coach
Alma Mater: Florida State '91
Office Phone: (704) 637-4473

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John Kitoko

Dir. of Player Development
Alma Mater: Charlotte '20
E-mail: jkitoko20
Office Phone: (704) 637-4473

John Kitoko has joined the Catawba College Men’s Basketball Staff as a graduate assistant entering the 2020-21 season. He comes to Catawba from Charlotte, where he played during the 2018-19 campaign and was a student assistant coach the following year.

While earning a political science degree at Charlotte, Kitoko played in 20 games and notched his career high of five points and five rebounds against Marshall. He tossed in four points in a win over East Carolina. The 2020 graduate transferred to Charlotte from Louisburg College.

Kitoko was an all-conference performer, averaging 15 points as a senior at Apex High School. He helped Apex to three conference title and a State Championship as a junior.

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Ethan Kahn

Dir of Basketball Ops/Video Coord
Alma Mater: Northern Arizona '21

Ethan Kahn is joining the Catawba College Men’s Basketball Staff as a Director of Basketball Operations and Video Coordinator entering the 2021-22 season. He comes from Northern Arizona University where he served as a student assistant for the past four years while also being the Head Student Assistant since sophomore year.
Kahn’s coaching career started early, and at the age of fourteen, Coach Kahn was coaching for the Girls and Boys Basketball teams at Pardes Jewish Day School located in Scottsdale, Arizona. He then became the student assistant at Horizon High School in Scottsdale, helping with all levels of the program.
During his time at Northern Arizona University, Kahn was responsible for video operations, maintaining stats for practice, food ordering, practice set up, equipment, the nutrition station, scout presentations and day-to-day operations. He also helped organize and run camp
Kahn graduated from Northern Arizona University with a major in university studies with double minors in political science and health wellness. He is pursuing his master’s degree at Catawba College in sports management.

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