AJ Kaschak enters his second season as Director of Operations for the Baylor Bears and fourth season assisting the program.
Kaschak's primary duties include the supervision of the team managers, as well as aiding in travel organization for all track & field and cross country meets. Kaschak also assists with home track meet management and preparation and daily administrative operations.
During the previous two years, Kaschak established himself as a reputable volunteer coach while assisting Director of Track and Field Clyde Hart with the training and coaching of both the men's and women's 400-meter groups. More specifically, Kaschak devoted extra efforts to the women's 400-meter runners, helping lead the Lady Bears to back-to-back All-American honors in the 4x400-meter relay. The group finished 3rd at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in 2009 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, Diamond Richardson earned a gold medal at the Pan-Am Championships in the 4x400-meter relay, as well as a silver medal 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. All three women set personal bests in 2009, led by Katrina Taylor at 52.75. Under Kaschak's assistance, the men's 400-meter runners continued their tradition, winning two national titles in the 4x400-meter relay in 2008 and one in 2009. Marcus Boyd emerged as a top 400-meter runner, winning a gold in the 400 meters and 4x400-meter 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 the 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 4x400-meter 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.
In addition, Kaschak is also a part-time adjunct lecturer in the Department of Health, Human Performance, and Recreation at Baylor. He earned a bachelor's degree in exercise science from UNC-Wilmington in 2007 and master's degree in exercise physiology from Baylor in the 2009.
Kaschak is a native of Raleigh, N.C., where he was a state champion at 400 meters during high school competition.