CCBC Catonsville Resurrects Cross Country, Names Mark Pryor Men’s and Women’s Coach

May 02, 2016 | by Jacquie Lucy | 443.840.4668 (office) | 443.761.2482 (cell)

Catonsville, MD – The Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville Athletics today announced that for the first time since 1995 men’s and women’s cross country will be offered as a National Junior College Athletic Association sport, beginning this fall and has named Mark Pryor head coach of both programs.

"We are very pleased to be offering men's and women's cross country at CCBC Catonsville once again," said Administrator of Athletics, Melissa Miller. "The program has a successful history that we are looking to re-establish and I am very excited about our selection of Mark Pryor as the new head men's and women's cross country coach. I am very confident in his abilities as a coach and expect great things to come." A 1990 graduate of Syracuse University, Pryor brings with him four years of coaching distance runners at the Division I level and over 11 years in Baltimore County high schools coaching cross country and track and field. Pryor was also a professional mid-distance runner for seven years, having qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials and competing nationally and internationally in Europe, specializing in the 800m and 1500m.

Pryor's previous collegiate coaching experience includes assisting head coaches at Old Dominion University, Morgan State University, and Coppin State University. At Coppin, Pryor was instrumental in the training and direction of both the men's & women's cross country teams who won Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Championships. While still training as a professional, he often led world-class level workouts and shared his wisdom and knowledge helping his athletes achieve national class results.

Pryor resides in Baltimore. He has four children, Canaan, Gabrielle, and twins Mark and Jordan, all of whom are currently pursuing their college degrees.

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