Who is Coach Marshall?

Good question! I am a runner, triathlete, husband, father (two teenage daughters and one English Lab), and head high school cross country and track and field coach at Berks Catholic High School in Reading, PA.

Originally a competitive swimmer and soccer player, I started running after a torn ACL in my knee made me re-think my athletic endeavors. At first, I competed in local 5ks. Then I got bit by the triathlon bug. Since I have started, I have raced 5Ks to half marathons, duathlons, and sprint triathlons up to to a half Ironman. And along the way I've won a bit of hardware for my efforts. My high school runners have done very well too. It's been a blast.

To improve my times and cut down on injuries, I started writing my own training plans. My times dropped. My injuries lessened, My passion grew. Friends and family began to ask me to help them with their training. I really enjoyed coaching other athletes and helping them to improve and meet their goals. 

So, I have decided to make my passion my business. As your personal coach, it is my mission to help you realize your potential and meet your goals.

Reasons Why Athletes Seek My Help

  • They want to start running or attempt their first triathlon, but don’t know
    where or how to start.

  • Their training has gotten stagnate and they’re no longer improving.

  • No matter what they try, they just keep getting injured.

  • They start training, but just can’t seem to stick with a plan.

  • They need a positive and motivating coach that will keep them on track.

  • Qualifying for a big race (such as Boston), dropping times or just completing their first 5K.

  • And, of course, the INCREDIBLE feeling they achieve when they find
    themselves making progress and getting fitter!

 

Accomplishments

  • Coached multiple Boston Marathon qualifiers

  • Coach of multiple National Age Group USA Triathlon qualifiers

  • Multiple District & State Qualifiers in Cross Country and Track & Field

  • Coached multiple female and male qualifiers for Cross Country District Championships
    (Berks Catholic boys qualified the most runners in school history — 2017)

  • Led Berks Catholic Girls’ XC to highest District Team finish in school history (2018)

  • Coached youngest female qualifier in Berks Catholic history (2016 repeated in 2017) for
    PA State Cross Country Championships

  • Age Group medalists and winner at 5K, 10K, and various other distances

  • Age Group medalists and winner at Sprint and Olympic triathlon distances

  • National Championship qualifier, multiple years, for Sprint and
    Olympic Triathlon distances

  • Completed Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon and finished in top 20 of swim leg
    (damn flat on the ride!)

Just Some Fun Facts About
Coach Marshall

  • Started, with his wife, Girls’ On The Run (GOTR) Chapter at St. Ignatius Loyola School.

  • Raised $3400 (22 scholarships) as a GOTR Solemate—kept pledge to run Shamrock Half Marathon in a pink tutu and cape (noteworthy: 1:31.53 and fastest man in a tutu!).

  • Started and coached for ten years the St. Ignatius CYO K-8th Cross Country Team.

  • Honored his brother, Major William S. Pickard, Jr. USA by raising $2,085 for the Travis Manion Foundation for the Tim Kerr Islandman Triathlon.

  • Considers finishing the Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon (despite a flat) one of his greatest accomplishments.

  • Currently Head Cross Country and Assistant Track & Field Coach at Berks Catholic High School.

  • Top-five fastest family finisher (three years) with his daughter Kierra at the Tim Kerr Islandman Triathlon.

  • American College of Sports Medicine (ASCM) Member