Arlington, Va. – Marymount University has named Marco Zane Castro as the new head coach of the men’s and women’s cross country and triathlon teams, as announced by Director of Athletics Debbie Warren on Wednesday. Castro becomes the inaugural head coach of the newly announced varsity triathlon teams and the third cross country coach in program history.
“We are excited to bring in a coach of Zane’s caliber to start our triathlon program and take cross country to the next level,” Warren said. “His experience and connections within both sports will help us bring in a unique type of student-athlete to Marymount and promote one of the fastest growing sports in the country.”
Castro brings over 15 years of triathlon coaching experience to Marymount and is currently the owner and head coach at Unmatched Performance in Austin, Texas. He holds both a Level I and Level II USA Triathlon coaching certification.
“I'm honored to take over the head coaching position for both the triathlon and cross country programs,” Castro said. “There is a great deal of potential at Marymount and I'm looking forward to get settled and started."
Castro has been mentored by Darren Smith for the past two years, a preeminent coach in the International Triathlon Union World Cup. While training under Smith, he served as an assistant coach to the 2011 Pan Am Cup prep camp and an assistant coach for the inaugural USAT National Recruit Camp in Chula Vista, Calif.
Not without NCAA Division III coaching experience, Castro served as the assistant distance coach at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, from 2004-05.
Active on the international stage, Castro served as a coach and consultant with the Ecuadorian Sports Federation and helped establish and develop its national triathlon program. During his time in Guayaquil, Ecuador won two national titles in the South American National Games.
Castro earned his Bachelor of Science in Health & Fitness from Baylor University in Waco, Texas.