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CARBONDALE — Southern Illinois University Director of Track and Field/Cross Country Rosalind Joseph announced the addition of assistant coach Ashley Caldwell. Caldwell joins assistant coaches Richard Jones, J.C. Lambert and Kevin Cataldo as part of Joseph's inaugural coaching staff.

"I'm so excited to have Coach Caldwell join our staff," Joseph said. "She's been responsible for the development of student-athletes from the youth level through the collegiate level and brings a unique skill set from her time working at USA Track & Field. She is a knowledgeable recruiter, a detailed-oriented administrator and a compassionate person. I'm excited for her future with the Salukis and our program is lucky to have her on board."

A four-time All-Big Ten sprinter and an All-American as part of OSU's 4x400 relay team, Caldwell comes to Carbondale after she spent the last four years with USA Track and Field. The Indianapolis native served as USA Track and Field's Youth Programs Coordinator for three years before she was promoted to Youth Programs Manager in January of 2018. In her role with USA Track and Field, Caldwell gained valuable experience in event coordination and served as staff liaison for all USATF Youth Championships.

Caldwell will assist Jones with coaching SIU's sprinters and hurdlers and will also have director of operations responsibilities. Joseph has just about completed her inaugural coaching staff with an additional assistant to be hired at a later date.

With under two months to prepare for the 2018 cross country season when she was hired, Joseph wanted to act quickly in regards to her staff but also knew she needed to become more familiar with her new program. 

She brought Olympian Richard Jones, who will coach the Saluki sprinters/hurdles, along with her from Ohio State and retained throws coach J.C. Lambert. Another of the pillars for her inaugural staff was to retain distance/cross country coach Kevin Cataldo.

"Kevin and JC are both very passionate about Southern Illinois University," Joseph said. "In speaking with them and with student-athletes in the program, they really embodied the vision I had for the program and both were enthusiastic about working with the student-athletes here. On top of that, they are knowledgeable coaches with exceptional mentors in this business who will continue to add to the rich history of Saluki track and field."

The Saluki cross country program races next at the Commodore Classic, hosted by Vanderbilt, today.

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