Matt Barber completed his fifth year as the women’s track and field head coach in 2019. The former UD track runner has seen 14 school records matched or broken during his tenure. This included a record in the 5000 meters race by Anna Wilgenbusch in the spring of 2019. Wilgenbusch went on to capture a silver medal in her debut in the 10,000 meters race at the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships. Hannah Green gathered another all-conference award for UD after she placed third in Pole Vault.
In 2018, the Team MVP Diana Hassink broke records in the Shot Put twice and Javelin in her second time competing the event. Hassink broke her own record from 2017 in the Shot at the Marc Randle Classic, and then shattered that mark to earn first at the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Championship. Her gold medal was the first at an SCAC Championship in women’s track and field history.
Anna Brunk and Hannah Green were the other record holders in the Pole Vault. Brunk topped the previous record from 2004 during the first three competitions. Green matched the record and would eventually finish with the highest result at the Conference Championship.
Hassink and Green earned All-SCAC Team Honors with first team and second team, respectively, based on top-three finishes in the shot put and pole vault. Overall, Barber has had 10 All-SCAC selections under his guidance.
Hassink – who is a dual sport volleyball athlete – claimed second in the Shot Put her debut season in 2017. Katie McIntyre was the lone 2016 winner with third in the 400 Meters Dash. Relay Teams complete the group with a third place result in the 2015 4x100 Meters with Michelle DeRoche, Amy Sullivan, McIntyre, and Helen Onyenso. McIntyre, Danielle Pajak, Colleen Slattery, and Amy Sullivan were 4x400 Meters on the All-SCAC third team in 2014.
The classroom success reflects 41 students being named to the SCAC Spring Student-Athlete Academic Honor Roll.
Barber, a 2013 graduate at the University of Dallas with a Bachelor of Arts in Theology, joined the coaching staff for his alma mater a little over a year later. He coached his first season with the track and field team in 2015, which he lettered in for two seasons as a student-athlete.
The native of Fort Worth, Texas, lettered two years and remains the program record holder in the 400 Meters (50:07) and Distance Medley Relay. He landed on the 2013 Men’s Track & Field Spring Student-Athlete Academic Honor Roll.
Barber was active on campus, with involvement as a member of Crusaders for Kids. He recruited for the organization at university social events and provided companionship to hospitalized children.
Prior to coaching at Dallas, Barber taught Theology and served as a track & field assistant coach at John Paul II High School in Plano, Texas.
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.
|Title:||Volunteer Assistant (Hurdles/Sprints)|
|Title:||Volunteer Assistant (Throws)|