Coaches

Curtis Walker, Camp Director and Head Football Coach at Catawba

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Curtis Walker became the Head Football Coach at Catawba in December of 2012.  He returned to his alma mater after spending one season as the defensive coordinator and linebacker coach at Western Carolina University.  Prior to his year in Cullowhee, Walker spent 10 years as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Coastal Carolina University.

In 2015, Walker was named the South Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year after guiding Catawba to its first SAC Championship since 2007 and a spot in the NCAA II Playoffs.  The Indians went 9-3 and claimed the outright SAC title with a 6-1 mark, finishing the regular season with seven straight wins.

During Walker's 10 seasons in Conway, the Chanticleers had four players on the defensive side garner All-America accolades, while players within his defense earned a combined 44 All-Big South accolades as the Chanticleers captured three straight Big South Conference titles (2004-06).  Coastal also won the league championship in 2010.

Under Walker, Coastal led the league in pass defense in 2006, '07 and `08.  On the strength of 18 interceptions in `07, the Chanticleers ranked sixth nationally in turnover margin (1.36).  In 2006, Coastal's defense tied for the national lead with 19 interceptions. Walker's defense led the nation in pass efficiency defense and contributed to the top turnover margin in the country, setting a Big South record at plus 22. Coastal twice led the nation in interceptions, getting 19 in 2006 and 27 in 2004.

Walker was a four-year starter and three-time All-American linebacker for Catawba in 1989-92, graduating in 1992 with a degree in sociology.  He was inducted into the Catawba Sports Hall of Fame in 2004 and into the South Atlantic Conference Hall of Fame in 2008.  Walker was Catawba’s team most valuable player in 1991 and served as team captain in 1992.

Walker still holds the Catawba single game record for tackles with 25 stops against Wofford in 1991.  He also still owns the all-time single season record for fumble recoveries with six, also set in 1991.  Walker earned All-America honors his final three seasons, including first team accolades as a senior in 1992. 

Following graduation from Catawba and a two-year coaching period at Salisbury High School, Walker joined the staff at Catawba in 1995.  He coached the linebackers and began coordinating all recruiting in 1997.  Walker was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2001 and the Indians were ranked first in Division II in scoring defense and 15th in total defense.

At Catawba, Walker was a part of three South Atlantic Conference championships (1996, 2000 and 2001) and three NCAA playoff appearances (1999, 2000 and 2001).  The Indians were a combined 22-3 in 2000-01, a lot of the success due to a suffocating defense. Catawba allowed just 13.5 points per game during those 25 games.

A native of Burlington, NC, Walker was a two-time football all-conference performer at Graham High School, prior to graduating in 1988.  He was the Mid-State Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 1987.

Walker and his wife, Sheka, have two sons; Jalon (11) and Curtis II (9).

Nygel Pearson, Offensive Line/Run Game Coordinator

Nygel Pearson joined the Catawba Football Staff as an assistant coach in the spring of 2017. He comes to the Catawba Indians after a six-year stint at South Carolina State University. Pearson will coach the offensive line and serve as the running game coordinator.

While at South Carolina State, Pearson served as offensive line coach, while also coaching tight ends and fullbacks and worked with special teams. For six games in 2015, he was the play caller and co-offensive coordinator as the team enjoyed a 5-1 record during that span. The Bulldogs won two Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Championships during his tenure.

Pearson coached sixth-round NFL draft pick, Temarrick Hemmingway, who was a three-time all-conference performer. He also mentored Tristan Bellamy, who was named the MEAC Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2013. His 2016 offensive line unit allowed just 11 sacks and featured four all-conference picks. 

In addition to his coaching duties, Pearson oversaw all aspects of the Video Department, worked as the liaison for the department with financial aid, housing and marketing. 

Prior to joining the coaching staff at his alma mater, Pearson was the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Fairfield-Central High School. In 2012, Fairfield-Central went 12-2 and won a regional championship. The Griffins averaged 33.3 points a game while putting up nearly 400 yards of total offense.

Pearson was an All-MEAC lineman during a standout career at South Carolina State, graduating in in 2008 with a degree in physical education. He earned a master’s in secondary education from SCSU in 2014.  He was a semifinalist for the Draddy Award, one of the top academic honors for collegiate football players.

As a prep star at Darlington High School, Pearson earned all-region, all-state and all-zone performer. He played in the North-South All-Star Game. 

Pearson is married to the former Majoria Addison and the couple has one son, Grayson.

Radell Lockhart, Defensive Line/Equipment Coordinator

Radell Lockhart became an assistant coach at his alma mater in 2005. A 2001 Catawba graduate, Lockhart earned a degree in recreation. His duties are to coach the defense line and serve as equipment coordinator. 

At Catawba, Lockhart earned South Atlantic Conference Defensive Player of the Year honors as a senior in 2000. He was also named to three All-America teams as he recorded 10 sacks and 31 stops for losses. Lockhart holds the school record with 103 tackles for loss and had 27 sacks.

Lockhart played professionally over four year, including stints with the New York Giants,New York Jets and San Diego Chargers. He played three seasons in NFL Europe, two with the Scottish Claymores and one with the Frankfurt Galaxy. He helped the Galaxy to an appearance in the 2004 World Bowl.

Lockhart was a three-year starter at Independence High School in Charlotte, NC.

Corey Ready, Outside Wide Receivers

Corey Ready started as an assistant coach with the Catawba football program in 2009. He is a 2006 Catawba graduate with a degree in sports management. Ready coaches the outside wide receivers.

At Catawba, Ready was a three-time All-South Atlantic Conference selection at wide receiver. He set school marks for receptions and receiving yards in a career, finishing with 190 catches for 2,976 yards. In 2003, he established school marks with 70 receptions for 1,043 yards, earning all-region honors.

Ready, a native of Aiken, SC, resides in Concord with Patrice Brown. They have a daughter, Meliyah (6).

Mark Weycker, Recruiting Coordinator/Tight Ends

Mark Weycker joined the Catawba Football Staff in 2013.  He previously served as the Head Football Coach and Athletic Director at West Iredell High School, serving the community for twenty six years.  He is the recruiting coordinator and coaches the tight ends.

Weycker’s career at West Iredell was highlighted by ten consecutive playoff appearances, five Shrine Bowl selections, seven East/West All-Star selections, and thirteen county or conference players of the year.

An East/West All-Star coach in 1996, Weycker was named Coach of the Week by the NFL Carolina Panthers in 2010.  Weycker also had assistant coaching stops at Forest Hills High School, playing for the 3A State Championship in 1985, and at Sun Valley High School.  He started his coaching career with the Douglas School System serving Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota.

Weycker was recognized by the NCHSAA twice receiving the Homer Thompson Memorial “8 Who Make A Difference” Award in 2011 and in 2007 with a Region 7 Coaching Award.  He also served a four-year term on the North Carolina Coaches Association Board of Directors.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, Weycker earned a degree in physical education.  His family includes a daughter, Lindsey, and grandson, Davis.

Tim Pangburn, Tight Ends

Tim Pangburn is entering his second season as an assistant coach with the Catawba Football Program. He will be coaching the tight ends and assist offensive line coach Nigel Pearson.

Pangburn has served the offensive staff in operations, recruiting, video input and as social media coordinator. A 2015 graduate of Catawba, Pangburn earned a degree in physical education.

At Catawba, Pangburn was a three-year starter for the Indians, helping the squad to a conference championship in his senior season. He is a native of Salisbury and graduated from West Rowan High School in 2010.

Waymond Jackson, Safeties

Waymond Jackson joined the Catawba Football staff as safeties coach in the spring of 2018. He comes to Catawba with eight years of coaching experience, most recently at East Ridge High School, where he served as co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. He will coach the safeties at Catawba and work with the special teams.

Jackson began his coaching career at his alma mater, the University of South Carolina, in 2010 under Head Coach Steve Spurrier and Defensive Coordinators Ellis Johnson and Lorenzo Ward. During his time on staff, the Gamecocks boasted a combined record of 31-9 and registered wins in both the Capital One and Outback Bowls. Jackson served as interim linebackers coach during the Capital One Bowl victory.

In 2011, the Gamecocks finished 11-2 with a No. 8 national ranking. The following year, South Carolina repeated with an 11-2 slate, finishing the year ranked No. 7 in the country. The team ranked fifth in sacks (47), 13th in scoring defense, 17th in rushing defense, and 11th in total defense. Also in 2012, Jackson directly coach the spur/nickel position for the Gamecocks. The spur that year, Devonte Holloman, was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the sixth round of the NFL Draft.

In addition to coaching at the University of South Carolina, Jackson spent the past five seasons as a defensive coordinator in the high school ranks. He has coached in Colorado, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. His high school stops have been highlighted by one Shrine Bowl selection, one Under-Armour All American selection, a state leader in interceptions, a state-leading defense in sacks, and the Tally Johnson assistant of the year award.

A native of Easley, S.C. and a product of Wren High School, Jackson earned his Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science from South Carolina. He resides in Charlotte, N.C. with his wife, Ashley.

Dustin Ward

Offensive Coordinator
Alma Mater: Illinois '03
E-mail: dwward18@catawba.edu
Office Phone: (704) 645-4503

 

Dustin Ward has been hired as Offensive Coordinator for the Catawba Football Program, announced by Head Coach Curtis Walker. Ward comes to Catawba after serving as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at VMI.

While at VMI, Ward mentored Al Cobb, the school’s all-time leading passer. In 2015, Cobb finished 11th in the nation in total yards. Prior to his stint at VMI, Ward served on the staffs at Concord University from 2011-14 and at DePauw University from 2007-10 as offensive coordinator.

Concord posted a 25-12 during Ward’s tenure and twice won conference championships and twice made the NCAA II Playoffs. In 2014, the Mountain Lions won the regional title and advanced to the national semifinals.

Ward coached 32 all-conference performers at Concord, had six all-region selections with five All-Americans. Concord averaged 42.4 points in 2014, which ranked 10th in the nation as he groomed Brian Novak to a finalist for the Harlon Hill Award. Novak threw for 3,730 yards with 33 touchdowns and a 172.33 efficiency, which ranked second in the nation. Novak would surpass Ward’s previous signal caller, Zach Grossi, as the school’s all-time leading passer.

DePauw garnered its first two appearances in the NCAA playoffs during Ward’s time with the Tigers. Compiling a 32-9 record, DePauw won a pair of Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference titles. He coached Spud Dick, the school’s all-time leading passer and a top four finalist for the Gagliardi Trophy, completing 71.3% of his passes and averaging 320.8 yards a game to stand eighth in the nation.

Ward had begun his coaching career at DePauw in 2004 as running backs coach as the Tigers set the school’s all-time rushing record. He served as a recruiting assistant at Indiana in 2005 and as an assistant at Saint Joseph’s College in 2006, helping them to a conference title.

Ward was a four-year letterwinner at Illinois where he graduated in 2003. As quarterback for the Fighting Illini, Ward threw for 1,946 yards and 12 touchdowns in 22 career games. He was a two-time winner of the Chancellor’s Award.