Appalachian State University

Appalachian State University Athletics Boone, NC 28608
Division 1 North Carolina Southeast
Public Very Large National competitor


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Aimee Haywood

Aimee Haywood was tabbed as the fifth head coach in App State women's soccer program history when she was hired by Director of Athletics Doug Gillin in December 2021.

Haywood arrived at App State from Queens University of Charlotte, where she spent the previous two seasons as head coach.

Most recently, Haywood helped Queens to the second round of the NCAA Division II Championships. The Royals finished with a 16-5-1 overall record and were a No. 3 seed in the Southeast Region of the 28-team national tournament.

Including a 7-2-1 record in the abbreviated 2021 spring season, her overall mark as the Royals' head coach was 23-7-2.

Haywood coached at her alma mater, Ohio Dominican University, for seven seasons prior to arriving in North Carolina, including the final three as head coach. She compiled a 45-26-7 overall record at the helm of the Panthers' program. In her second season as head coach in 2017, the Panthers set a program record for wins with 16 and earned their first NCAA tournament win in program history.

During her first season in 2016, Haywood led Ohio Dominican to a fourth-place GLIAC regular season finish and advanced the team to the GLIAC Tournament semifinals.

In addition, Haywood served as the assistant coach at Denison University in 2013.

She has coached two NCAA tournament teams and three conference championship teams while earning nine conference tournament bids.

Haywood graduated from Ohio Dominican University with a bachelor's degree in sport management. In addition, she holds an MBA from there with a concentration in leadership.

As a student-athlete, Haywood was a two-time captain who earned a pair of all-conference awards, as well as academic honors. As a goalkeeper, she graduated as the school record holder for most shutouts in a season, games played in a season and games played in a career as a goalkeeper.

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Mark Catterall

Mark Catterall joined head coach Aimee Haywood's first App State women's soccer staff in January 2022.

He arrived in Boone after spending the previous five seasons on staff at Queens University (Charlotte, N.C.), helping the team achieve a 56-23-7 overall record and five straight winning seasons. After serving as an assistant coach his first four years, he was promoted to associate head coach prior to the 2021 season.

In 2017, the Royals made their first appearance at the NCAA Championships in 10 years and won their first NCAA tournament game in school history. When Haywood arrived in 2020, they helped Queens to a 7-2-1 record in an abbreviated season and then led the squad to another NCAA tournament to highlight their strong season last fall.

Catterall spent three years as an assistant coach for the St. Edwards University (Austin, Texas) women's soccer team in 2013, 2015 and 2016. While on staff he helped the program to an overall record of 47-7-7, winning two Heartland Conference Championships and making three trips to the NCAA Tournament, including an Elite Eight appearance in 2013.

Catterall was also on the St. Edwards men's soccer staff in 2016, a team that posted a record of 18-3-1 while winning the Heartland Championship and reaching the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. The staff was also recognized as the 2016 NSCAA Southwest Region Staff of the year.

Catterall was on the women's soccer staff at the University of Bridgeport (Conn.) in 2014, helping the Purple Knights to a record of 14-5-2 and an NCAA Tournament appearance.

During his time at both St. Edwards and Bridgeport, Catterall coached multiple all-conference, all-region and all-American athletes.

In addition to his collegiate coaching, Catterall has served as a staff coach for the Charlotte Soccer Academy and was the Senior Program and College Placement Director for SA United Soccer Club. Overseeing the development of all the club's high school players, he set coaching standards and best practices and developed the club's college recruitment process. During his tenure, more than 90 SA United players were recruited to play at the collegiate level.

Catterall has a master's degree in applied sport and exercise psychology and a bachelor's degree in sport science, both from Bangor University in Wales (U.K.). During his playing career at Bangor, Catterall reached two Welsh University National Cup Finals.

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