Executive Director, Tampa Bay
Staff, Trainer - Tampa Bay
Mason Cathey joined PCA-Tampa Bay as Community Impact Manager in March, 2018. Mason will be joining PCA-Tampa Bay from New Balance, where she was responsible for New Balance relationships with specialty running stores and oversight of New Balance's road race sponsorships throughout the State of Florida. Mason has been a PCA Certified Trainer since 2016 and has delivered more than 120 workshops.
She grew up in Jacksonville, Florida and moved to the Tampa/St Pete area after coaching college track & field and cross-country for 10 years and running professionally. Growing up in an athletic and ambitious family, Mason had a passion for sports since early childhood. She won 13 state championships in high school and accepted a scholarship to run at the University of Florida (UF). After completing graduate school in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology from UF, she coached at Duke University and at the University Of Central Florida (UCF). She then found herself with the desire to train and compete once again. From 2008-2012 she ran professionally while continuing her coaching career. She coached the USA junior women's team in cross-country in Scotland and recruited for and worked with Butler University’s men and women. She finished 4th at the PanAmerican Games in Mexico, represented the USA in cross-country and track and field in Europe, and hit an Olympic standard automatically qualifying her for the finals in the 3000m steeplechase at the 2012 Olympic Trials. She then went on to coach at Oklahoma State University where she worked with Dave Smith, a multiple time recipient of Coach of the Year honors and with various NCAA National Champions. Since moving back and working for New Balance, Mason assisted in coaching at Tampa Prep in 2015-2016 and is a coach for Tribal Multi-Sport, a personalized coaching service.
Today, Mason's sport of choice remains to be running, but you can often talk her into joining you for a swim, bike ride, tennis, or any game. The competitive spirit still runs high!