Matt Barber enters his fourth year as the men's and women's track and field head coach. All-time the former UD track runner has seen his teams produce 12 school records on the men's side and 10 on the women's side. He has 14 all-conference winners at the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Championships.
During the 2017 season, Barber saw success from several new contributors on the squad. Highlighting the group were Diana Hassink on the women's side and Kevin McGuirk on the men's side. Hassink, who was a two-year letterwinner from volleyball, stepped up in the throwing events and notched Personal Records in the Shot Put, Hammer Throw, and Discus Throw on several occassions. This included setting school records in the Hammer and Shot. She notched all-conference second team in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Confernce (SCAC) Championship.
McGuirk debuted with the program and made appearances in seven different events through the campaign. This included: Long Jump, Triple Jump, 110 Meter Hurdles, 400 Meter Hurdles, 4x100 Meter Relays, 4x400 Meter Relays, and 200 Meter Dash.
Marcos Carmona broke his own record in the Hammer Throw, and the men's team set the 1600 Meter Sprint Medley Relay school record at the TLU Bulldog Relays. That quartet included: Tom Pierick, Kevin McGuirk, Dominic Del Curto, and Jack Grubner. As mentioned above, Hassink had two of the women's all-time bests. The other school record was the 800 Meter Sprint Medley at the TLU Bulldog Relays. Katie McIntyre, Cora Keil, Julia Ringel, and Maggie Larson set the milestone.
In 2016, Barber's track and field team placed five athletes on the All-Conference Teams for top three finishes at the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Championships. Overall, seven different accolades were awarded, with Prince Giadolor capturing three of them. Barber led the men's side to fourth and the women's team finished fifth. Part of the the success for the men's team was SCAC Newcomer of the Year, Giadolor, capturing the program's first Individual SCAC Championship in the 100 Meters. Giadolor also earned All-Conference Accolades in the 200 Meters and 4x100 Meter Relay. Ryan McAnany rounded out the group of postseason honors in the 1500 Meters. Dominic Del Curto, Barton Holdridge, and Thomas Pieirck joined Giadolor in the 4x100m, broke the school record four straight meets. The most recent was at the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA).
On the women's side in track and field, Barber coached Katie McIntyre who ranked third at the SCAC Championships in the 400 Meters. She also qualified at the SCAC Championship finals in the 100 Meter and 200 Meter events. At the USCAA Championships, McIntyre captured first in the 200m and 400m, while Bridget Kennedy won in the 3000 Meters Steeplechase. Kennedy's first place time of 12:25.34 set an all-time fastest in USCAA Championship history for that event. Ellen Jennings, Cora Keil, McIntyre, and Audrey Zohorsky teamed up for a gold medal in the 4x100 Meter Relay. Those were the first championships in the program since 2004.
Barber's teams this past spring would set 10 school records - five on both sides - including a mark in the men's hammer throw that was held since 1908.
In 2015, Barber led the men's and women's track and field programs for Dallas to impressive individual times. Two records were broken on the men's side, with sophomore Kevin Doherty eclipsing his old record from the previous year on the 3,000 Meter Steeplechase at the conference championships. McAnany, who was the All-SCAC Third Team in the 1500 Meter, broke a historic mark in the program with a 9:58 on the two mile.
Four runners received All-SCAC Third Team on the 4x100 Meter, which included: senior Michelle DeRoche, senior Amy Sullivan, sophomore Katie McIntyre, and freshman Helen Onyenso. Records achieved by the women's track and field squad with Barber overseeing began with Myers with a 12:24.05 on the Two Mile at the East Texas Time Trials. Sophomore Lizzie Depew hit a 16.19 second time in the 100 Meter Hurdles at the Marc Randle Classic.
Two more records were hit at the Walt Disney World Track and Field Open. Senior Sarah Valdovinos, Depew, senior Danielle Pajak, and senior Colleen Slattery ran a 4:45.27 in the Sprint Medley; while Myers, Pajak, junior Emma Polefko, and Slattery raced for a 22:27.77 in the 4x1500 Meter Relay.
A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Barber was a two-year letterwinner (2012-13) for the UD men's track & field team. With the Navy and White competing as members of the SCAC, Barber earned two All-SCAC honors -- 200-Meter Dash and 400-Meter Dash -- in his junior year, and four -- 4x100-Meter Relay, 4x400-Meter Relay, 200-Meter Dash and 400-Meter Dash -- in his senior year. These accomplishments took place at the SCAC Men's Track & Field Championships. He set school records on the individual level in the 200-Meter Dash (22.41) and 400-Meter Dash (50.07).
Additionally, Barber helped navigate the Crusaders to a school-record time in the 4x100-Meter Relay (44.63), 4x800-Meter Relay (8:41.99) and Distance Medley Relay (10:59.52).
Active in campus life, Barber was also a member of Crusaders for Kids. He recruited for the organization at university social events, and provided companionship to hospitalized children.
In May 2013, Barber -- who landed on the 2013 Men's Track & Field Spring Student-Athlete Academic Honor Roll -- obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Theology from UD.
Barber went on to teach Theology and serve as a track & field assistant coach at John Paul II High School (Plano, Texas).
During the 2013-14 academic-year, Barber developed and delivered curricular content to between 13-30 students at a time. He administered assessments, evaluated results, documented student progress, and also conferenced with administrators, parents and students.
Barber coached the Cardinals in long-distance running, jumps, relays and sprints, advising student-athletes in the areas of form and technique.
Barber holds a USA Track & Field Level I (Coach) designation, and is AED, CPR and First Aid certified.
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Cato is pursuing a Master of Leadership at Dallas. Cato will be working with fourth-year head coach Matt Barber throughout the semester, and focusing on guiding the student-athletes that will be competing in the jumping events.
Cato earned his Bachelor of Science in Community Nonprofit at University of Wisconsin. He was a Division I Scholar-Athlete who excelled on with the Track and Field program. With the Badgers, he became the Big Ten record-holder for the indoor heptathlon, first collegian to top 6,000 points four times in student-athlete career, ranks a No. 4 collegian all-time in the indoor heptathlon, and is a 4-time 2011-2014 Big Ten Champion in the heptathlon.
Following graduation, Cato competed on the USA Track and Field team in the Decathlon. His career is highlighted by winning the 2017 Indoor National Championship, which followed his Runner-up finish in 2016.
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