AJ Kaschak enters his fifth season at Charlotte as assistant coach for the track and field program. Kaschak coaches and implements the training programs for the Men’s and Women’s 100m and 200m sprinters and Short Sprint relays.
During the 2015 season, Kaschak helped guide athlete senior Joann Blakney to a 2nd C-USA 60m title in 7.37 seconds, just off of her Personal Record of 7.35, to conclude her indoor track career. Khyran Shank and Anthony Bynum finished the indoor season strong, placing 4th and 7th respectively in the C-USA 60m. Bynum also improved on his 300m school record with a national leading time of 32.99. During the outdoor season, Bynum extended his season to the NCAA East Regional Championships in the 200m after posting a personal record of 20.85 at the 49er Classic. He finished 15th overall at the meet equaling his Personal Best.
In the 2014 season, Kaschak’s sprint group saw Blakney win the CUSA 60m title and recorded an undefeated season in that event posting a personal best time of 7.35 seconds. Anthony Bynum broke the school record in the indoor 300m with a time of 33.06, the second fastest time in the nation that year. Kaschak’s event group qualified 5 athletes entered in 4 events to the NCAA Regional Championships. The Mens 4x100m set a school record of 39.70 placing 12th at the NCAA Regional Championships and qualified to the National Championships in Eugene, Ore. Leroy Rouse, John Osborne, Bynum, and Shank finished 21st in the nation at the meet and were Charlotte’s first Men’s relay to qualify for the National Championships. The women’s 4x100m narrowly missed the NCAA regional meet by one place and .01 seconds. They finished the year ranked 25th in the East Region with a time of 45.24 seconds.
In his previous two years, Kaschak assisted in all areas of the sprints/hurdles/relays groups and saw numerous conference champions, Top-Ten performances, and school records. During the 2012 season, Kaschak assisted Associate Head Coach Tim Vaught in producing a record year for the Charlotte's sprints/hurdles squad. The group had 18 A-10 Conference titles, 10 regional qualifiers, four school records, and one national qualifying 4x100m relay team.
Prior to Charlotte, Kaschak spent four years with Baylor University. While with the Bears, he spent two years as a volunteer coach (2008-2009) and two years as Director of Operations (2010-2011). In his role as Director of Operations, Kaschak was involved in team budgeting, supervision of the team managers, as well as aiding in travel organization for all track & field and cross country meets. Kaschak also assisted with home track meet management and preparation and daily administrative operations.
Kaschak began his coaching career in the 2008 season as a volunteer assistant coach to Director of Track and Field and Hall of Fame Coach, Clyde Hart. While coaching of both the men's and women's 400-meter groups, he helped lead the Lady Bears to back-to-back All-American honors in the 4x400m relay, including a third place finish at the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Championships with a time of 3:29.52, their best finish in the event since 1998. The 4x400 women also won back-to-back Big 12 titles in 2008 and 2009.
Among the 400-meter group assisted by Kaschak was Diamond Richardson, who earned a gold medal at the Pan-Am Championships in the 4x400m relay and a silver at the USA Junior Nationals. At the 2009 Big 12 championships, the Baylor women earned a school record three All-Big 12 performances at 400 meters. Under Kaschak's assistance, the men's 400m runners won two national titles in the 4x400m relay in 2008 and one in 2009. Marcus Boyd emerged as a top 400-meter runner, winning a gold in the 400m and 4x400m relay at the 2008 IAAF World Junior Championship in Bydgoszcz, Poland, with a world junior-leading time of 45.53.
Prior to Baylor, Kaschak competed at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, where he ran sprints and relays. He was a member of the UNC-Wilmington 2005 and 2007 CAA conference championship teams, contributing with three individual conference championships in the 4x400m relay. While at UNC-Wilmington, Kaschak also earned All-East honors in 2006 and 2007 in the 4x100m relays at the IC4A Championships and was a member of three school-record sprint relays. He earned Academic All-America honors in 2004, 2005 and 2006.
Kaschak earned a bachelor's degree in exercise science from UNC-Wilmington in 2007 and a master's in exercise physiology from Baylor in 2009. He also holds USATF Level 1 and NSCA C.S.C.S. certifications.
Kaschak is a native of Raleigh, N.C., where he was a state champion in the 400m during high school competition. He resides in Charlotte with his wife, Carrie.
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