Football Coaching Staff

Curtis Walker

Head Coach
Alma Mater: Catawba '92
Office Phone: (704) 637-4724

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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 and Curtis II.

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Everette Sands

Offensive Coordinator
Alma Mater: The Citadel '93
Office Phone: (704) 637-4492

Everette Sands joined the Catawba College Football Staff in the summer of 2021. He came to Catawba from Coastal Carolina University. Sands will coach the running backs and serve as the Co-Offensive Coordinator and the Special Teams Coordinator.

Sands spent the 2019 season with the Chanticleers as an analyst working with the tight ends.  Before Coastal, he spent three years at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

In his first year with the Roadrunners, he helped guide the team to six wins and the program's first-ever bowl game, the 2016 Gildan New Mexico Bowl. His running backs, led by the potent one-two-punch of Jarveon Williams and Jalen Rhodes, combined to produce 2,104 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns, helping the offense set numerous school records in the process. Williams became the program's all-time leading rusher with 2,393 yards after piling up 900 on the ground, including four of his UTSA-best eight 100-yard games, and eight scores as a senior. Rhodes rushed for 827 and a school-record nine TDs in 2016, which was his sophomore campaign.

Sands has tutored 1,000-yard backs at four different schools, including a four-year stint at South Carolina under Steve Spurrier During Sands’ tenure with the Gamecocks from 2012-15, he mentored several future NFL RB’s in Marcus Lattimore, Mike Davis, Brandon Wilds and David Williams and recruited five ESPN Top 300 players to the program. He helped South Carolina to three bowls victories, back-to-back 11-win campaigns in 2012-13 and final rankings of No. 6 in 2013 and seventh in 2012.

Sands spent the 2011 campaign as the running backs coach at North Carolina State. He had prior served two stints at The Citadel, first from 1999-2000 and again from 2005-10. Between his stints at The Citadel, Sands coached the offensive backs at Ohio from 2001-04.

Sands got into the coaching profession at the high school level in 1995 when he was at Sea Island Academy in Johns Island, S.C. At that time, he was considered to be the youngest head coach in the history of South Carolina high school football.

His first college coaching position came at Elon from 1996-98. Sands also was an intern with the Carolina Panthers in 2000 and the Seattle Seahawks in 2015, assisting the running backs coach with both franchises. Then in 2019 he did an internship with the Cleveland Browns for mini-camp and the Green Bay Packers during pre-season camp.
Sands was a four-time All-Southern Conference running back at The Citadel. He ranks second in school history with 3,926 career rushing yards and 16 100-yard rushing games, third with 3,977 all-purpose yards and fourth with 34 touchdowns and 204 points. He garnered All-America accolades as a junior when he led The Citadel to a conference title and the school’s first and only 11-win season after rushing for 1,449 yards and 12 touchdowns. He served as a team captain in 1993 and was inducted into The Citadel Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004.

A native of Conway, S.C., Sands earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from The Citadel in 1993.

Sands is married to Dr. Yvette Newton Sands and the couple has two sons, Everette III “Tre” (Junior at Vanderbilt) and Josiah (Freshman in HS), and one daughter, Sierra (Freshman at Spelman College).

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Marco Butler

Defensive Coordinator / Safeties
Alma Mater: Western Carolina '00
Office Phone: (704) 645-4492

Marco Butler rejoined the football staff as the defensive coordinator in the summer of 2020. In addition to his coordinating duties, he will coach the cornerbacks.

Butler was with Catawba in 2017, when he also coached the cornerbacks, including All-SAC and honorable mention All-America selection Cris Page. That season, the Catawba Indians posted a dozen interceptions and 44 pass breakups. The secondary allowed just six touchdown passes and limited teams to 47% pass completions. Catawba went 9-2 and earned a win over NCAA I VMI during the 2017 campaign.

Over the past two seasons, Butler coached at Gardner-Webb University. In 2018, he coached outside linebackers and cornerbacks in 2019 as well as special teams both years. He mentored 2019 Academic All-Big South, Cam McCuthcheon.

Butler has nearly 20 years of coaching experience, including Division I stops at Hampton (2014) and Norfolk State (2005-2013). Butler also has college coaching experience at Division II Fayetteville State. He also served as head Track & Field coach at Fayetteville State in 2004-2005.

Prior to his first stint at Catawba, Butler spent a year as defensive backs coach at Independence (N.C.) High in Charlotte. Each of Butler’s stops on the coaching circuit have seen him work on the defensive side of the football with several stints working with special teams.

Butler began his coaching career at Fayetteville State University in 2001 and was on staff for a pair of conference championships teams and three NCAA II playoff squads.  In 2005, he joined the staff at Norfolk State University.

At Norfolk State, Butler served as defensive backs coach and special teams coordinator.  In 2011, Norfolk State claimed the MEAC Championship and earned the school’s first berth in the FCS Playoffs with a defense that ranked second in the nation in total defense and fourth in scoring defense. Butler’s 2013 secondary ranked seventh in the nation in pass defense.  The Spartan defense ranked second overall with 19 interceptions and third with 33 total takeaways.  Butler moved to Hampton University for the 2014 season where he was the defensive backs coach and serves as the interim defensive coordinator.

In addition to his collegiate coaching experience, Butler has served NFL Coaching Fellowships with the Denver Broncos, Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts.  He attended the NCAA-NFL Coaching Academy in Orlando, Fla., in 2011.  Butler has coached five players who have been signed in the NFL, including Don Carey, a 2009 NFL Draftee by the Cleveland Browns.

Butler played receiver and defensive back at Western Carolina. He graduated in 2000 with a degree in sports management and a minor in marketing.

Butler and his wife, Shauna, have two children, a daughter, Eva, and a son, Marco.

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Radell Lockhart

Defensive Line / Recruiting Coordinator
Alma Mater: Catawba '01
Office Phone: (704) 637-4479

Former Catawba standout player, Radell Lockhart, became an assistant coach with the program in 2006 and helped the Indians to the 2015 SAC Championship and a breth in the NCAA II playoffs. A 2001 Catawba graduate, Lockhart earned a degree in recreation. He serves his alma mater as defensive line coach, equipment coordinator and pro liason, positions he has held since 2013. 

In 2017, the Indians ranked 20th nationally in scoring defense and 36th in total defense. Kyle Kitchens (1st), Jordan Hemingway (2nd) and Omar Staley (2nd) were 2017 all-conference selection. The 2015 team finished second nationally in scoring defense (15.8 ppg). The 2007 defense finished 12th nationally in total defense (248.5 ypg).

Lockhart has served on the Catawba coaching staff since 2006 as a defensive line coach. During his 12 seasons, he has been part of a staff that led Catawba to 75 victories, two SAC Championships, a pair of Division II playoff appearances and two Top 25 finishes in the final polls. He added the titles of equipment coordinator and pro liason in 2013.

As a player, Lockhart was named South Atlantic Conference Defensive Player of the Year and first team All-America honors in 2000, captaining the team that captured the SAC title. He was 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

Lockhart was an undrafted free agent with the Jacksonville Jaguars and had 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, a native of Charlotte, N.C., was an outstanding player Independence High School. He resides in Salisbury with Leslie Dent, a 2009 East Carolina graduate and works at Catawba in athletic training.  They have a daughter, Penelope (2).

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Corey Ready

Wide Receivers
Alma Mater: Catawba '06
Office Phone: (704) 645-4511

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 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 two daughters, Meliyah and Ariyah.

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Pat Clark

Alma Mater: Georgia Tech '08
Office Phone: (704) 645-4558

Coach Pat Clark joined the Catawba College Football Staff in the summer of 2021. He came to Catawba from Webber International and will coach the cornerbacks.

At Webber, Clark was the defensive backs coach and defensive passing game coordinator. He coached a secondary that had one All-Conference selection, Trent Peacock, and two members who tied for the conference lead in interceptions, Joseph Burton and Andre Smith.

Prior to his stint at Webber, Clark was the Assistant Head Coach and defensive coordinator for Sandalwood High School. Clark spent seven years at Sandalwood where he consistently led a defense that finished near or at the top of the Gateway Conference. Along with leading the defensive unit, Clark is credited with being influential in seeing over 40 athletes sign football scholarships to play at various levels of college football, including Arizona Cardinals cornerback Chris Jones.

Before entering the coach profession, Clark was a four-year letter winner at Georgia Tech where he spent his first two years as a wide receiver before transitioning to defensive back for his junior and senior seasons, as well as returning kicks. After attending Georgia Tech, Clark made several stops in the Arena Football League where he played wide receiver and defensive back, playing in Spokane, Washington, and Youngstown, Ohio, in 2010 and Tampa Bay in 2011.

A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Clark earned his bachelor's degree in business management from Georgia Tech and his master’s degree in physical education from the University of South Florida.

Jake Medlock

Alma Mater: FIU

 Jake Medlock is in his first season with the coaching staff at Catawba. He will be responsible for coaching the quarterbacks for the Indians. 

Medlock comes to Catawba after serving as the quarterbacks coach and Director of Football Operations at Missouri Southern. Previous to MSSU, Medlock coached wide receivers at Shorter University in Georgia. He assisted in game plans, helped with recruiting prospective student-athletes, analyzing game and practice videos, while providing individual and small group instruction. 

Prior to Shorter, Medlock spent two seasons at Sandalwood High School as the passing game coordinator, quarterback and wide receivers coach, as well as coaching running backs. While there, Medlock also was a quarterback trainer in the area, helping to develop multiple Division I talents in the Southeast. 

Medlock played collegiately at both Division II Valdosta State and Division I Florida International. From there, he played professionally for teams both in indoor football, in Europe and the Canadian Football League. 

A native of Jacksonville, Fla., Medlock has a degree in interdisciplinary studies from Florida International. 

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Joe Pinyan

Tight Ends
Alma Mater: Appalachian St.
Office Phone: (704) 637-4492

Joe Pinyan joined the Catawba Football Staff in the spring of 2019.  He previously served as the Head Football Coach at Jesse Carson High School (2013-2019) and Salisbury High School (2003-2012).  He will be coaching tight ends after coaching outside linebackers in 2019.

Pinyan’s tenure as a Head Football Coach in Rowan County, covering sixteen years, included thirteen playoff appearances.  The playoff appearance in 2010 concluded with a State Championship victory for Salisbury High School.  On two other occasions at Salisbury High School (2009 and 2012), the playoff trail ended in the Western Finals---one game shy of a State Championship appearance in those seasons.  Combining the two head coaching stints, his teams won 128 games in sixteen years.

Throughout his coaching career at the High School level, Pinyan was selected as an Assistant Coach for the North Carolina Shrine Bowl staff in 2007 and named Head Coach for the North Carolina Coaches Association (NCCA) West All Stars in 2011.  He served a four-year term on the Board of Directors for the NCCA (2012-2016), President of the NCCA (2017-18), and NCCA Past President (2018-2019).

Before becoming a Head Football Coach, Pinyan was an assistant for fourteen years at Mooresville High School and prior to that, two years at East Rowan High School.

Pinyan graduated from Appalachian State University (BS in Recreation, MA in Physical Education/Athletic Administration).  He resides in Salisbury with his wife, Gina.  They have a son, Matthew, who resides in New York and a daughter, Amie, who lives in Charlotte with her husband, Riley, and grandson, Gavin.

Ben DeBastiani

Offensive Line
Alma Mater: Shepherd '18

Rodney Goodine

Alma Mater: Catawba '91

Rodney Goodine rejoined the Catawba Football Staff in the summer of 2020 to coach linebackers. His first stint at his alma mater was as linebacker coach from 1995-99.

A 1991 Catawba graduate, Goodine earned a degree in psychology with a minor in sociology. The Hall of Fame linebacker was a four-year starter, earning All-America honors his final two seasons. A native of Taccoa, Ga., Goodine was three-sport standout at Seneca High School.

Goodine resides in Salisbury with his wife, Bridgette. They have a two sons, Javin and Jordan. Jordan is an incoming freshman at Catawba for the fall of 2020.  

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