Meet the Head Coaches of Pacer Athletics

Jan 1, 1970

A thriving program, WPU Athletics offers students the opportunities to develop instrumental leadership skills along with physical and emotional well-being. 

This program, comprised of 17 different teams, is a vital part of campus life. Meet the head coaches behind these teams:

Mark Crisco

Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach

“I am a teacher at heart,” Crisco said. “I believe in the DIII model because it allows for growth, creating a positive team culture, and developing leaders of tomorrow.”

Crisco started at WPU in 2022 and since then, has worked to create a team culture of stability, accountability and true commitment. He hopes to develop WPU Men’s Lacrosse to be one of the premier programs in the Carolinas. 

Fun fact: He was recruited to play DI football. He instead chose to play lacrosse and then won a national title. 

Marquetta Dickens 

Head Women’s Basketball Coach

Dickens became a coach because of the impact her college coach had on her. That coach cared about her as a whole person while challenging her to grow. 

Dickens, who joined the Pacers in Spring 2021, hopes to do the same for her team here. 

“What made me choose WPU over other institutions was the opportunity I was offered to be a part of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and student-athlete advocacy conversation in athletics while coaching the sport I love.”

Fun fact: She is from Princeville North Carolina, the first town chartered by Blacks in America.

Charlie Dobbins 

Head Softball Coach

Charlie Dobbins

For Dobbins, softball has been part of his life for more than 45 years — and 24 of those years at been spent at WPU. He’s coached here through six athletic directors and three university presidents. 

“One of my favorite parts about coaching here is the students,” he said. “My students are now doctors, teachers, lawyers, and businesswomen and I like to think that being a part of the WPU softball program helped put them on a great path for life.” 

Fun fact: His daughter played on WPU’s softball team and was a three-time USA South All-Conference Player and two-time NFCA All-Region Player. Additionally, in 2019 he was inducted into the North Carolina Softball Hall of Fame.

Ryan Huber 

Head Men’s Soccer Coach

“Soccer was always a huge part of my life, so when my playing days were finished my senior year in college, becoming a coach was the natural progression for me, he said.  “I couldn’t see myself doing anything else.”

Huber was drawn to join the Pacers in 2017 because his mom attended Peace College. Additionally, he grew up in the Triangle and was excited to come home for this position.

He’s appreciated how welcoming the WPU community has been to him.

Fun fact: Huber can juggle.

Michelle Jones

Head Men’s & Women’s Tennis Coach

While Jones just started with the Pacers in Fall 2022, she’s excited to join such a welcoming community. She’s had a life-long passion for tennis and coaching it.

“Growing up, the sport of tennis gave a lot to me, so I wanted to give back to tennis,” she said. “It teaches values that are needed throughout life like character, how to handle problems, and respect for others and I wanted to pass those aspects along.”

Fun fact: Jones has traveled to all 50 states and several countries.

Charlie Long 

Head Baseball Coach

Charlie Long

Long joined the Pacers in 2021. 

“Coaching is definitely a calling, and I am thankful that God opened this position at just the right time,” he said. “The opportunity to continue to be part of the game I love and the chance to give back to the people who had such a powerful influence in my life were major reasons I wanted to coach.”

His favorite part about coaching is getting to see his players grow in the classroom, community, and field.

Fun fact: Long enjoys painting and putting puzzles together

Hannah Marshall 

Head Volleyball Coach

Hannah Marshall

 

While Marshall initially started coaching to help athletes reach their potential, she now has grown to love building relationships with players to help them succeed both on and off the court. 

She started at WPU in 2022 and has valued how dedicated her athletes have been to the team. 

“Coming to WPU was the best decision I ever made,” she said. The WPU campus and volleyball program remind me of where I went to school, and I knew it was somewhere I could help athletes in my program thrive.”

Fun fact: She is a vegetarian. 

Tim Priskey 

Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach

Tim Priskey

Priskey’s passion for coaching came from the coaches that have impacted him.

“I had a high school coach who sacrificed a lot of time outside of practice to help me develop as a player to help me get to the next level,” he said.  “Then, my college coach instilled a level of passion in me that I wanted to share with others.”

Priskey was drawn to work at WPU in 2021 because of the growth he has seen at the University in the last decade.

Fun fact: His twin brother has twins.

John Regan

Head Men’s & Women’s Swimming Coach

Regan joined the Pacers in 2019. Since here, he’s appreciated the life-long relationships he’s built with his athletes.

“I have been coaching since I was 15 years old,” he said. “I was inspired by my own coaches and want to have the same type of impact at WPU.”

Fun fact: Regan plays guitar.

Becky Scroger

Head Women’s Soccer Coach

For Scroger, athletics and playing were always a critical part of her life while growing up. 

“When I think about the most influential people in my life, who helped shape me into the person that I am today, many of them were coaches,” she said. “Becoming a coach gave me the opportunity to give back and try to do the same for others while continuing to stay involved with the sport I love.”

Scroger joined WPU in 2022 and has learned her favorite part about coaching here is the student-athletes she works with. 

 Fun fact: She is from Western New York. 

Claude Shields

Head Men’s Basketball Coach & Director of Athletics

Claude Shields

Shields started at WPU 11 years ago when WPU first added a Men’s Basketball Team. The Athletic Director at the time was his former high school coach and knew Shields would be the perfect person for the new team. 

“Being able to make a difference in the lives of young men is what drew me to coaching,” he said. “We have 23 alumni involved in our program and I have coached each of them – it is so neat to see them come back and be able to stay involved in their lives.”

Shields’ mother, Ginger Shields YEAR, is a Peace College Alumna.

Fun fact: As a kid, he loved eating mayonnaise sandwiches.

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