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September 4, 2013

Cross country coach to run O-State track

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Angelo Posillico is doubling up at Oneonta State.

The Red Dragons announced Monday that cross country coach Posillico will replace Matt LoPiccolo as their track and field coach and lead both programs during the 2013-14 academic year.

The college said in a media release that LoPiccolo is headed to Duke University to work for the Blue Devils’ Division I track and field program, although it did not state what job title the three-time SUNY Athletic Conference Coach of the Year will hold.

“Angelo is ready to take on his new role as the head coach of both programs,” O-State Athletics Director Tracey Ranieri said in the release. “Working with Matt as a coach and having him as a mentor is a bonus to a young man who has been preparing for years for this moment. Angelo personifies today’s successful college coach. He is committed to the student athlete experience, prepares with intention, is kindhearted and works extremely hard.”

A 2008 O-State graduate, Posillico will enter his third year as head cross country for the men’s and women’s programs this fall. He also had been serving as associate head coach of LoPiccolo’s track and field teams.

“I’m honored and excited to be the next head coach,” said Posillico, who competed for the Red Dragons in cross country and track. “Matt has done a tremendous job building this program from scratch and my goal will be to continue that tradition of success.”

Posillico’s coaching staff for both programs will include O-State standout Sean Bernstein, Chris Popovici and Hannah Backus. Bernstein will serve as an intern while he completes his undergraduate work. Popovici and Backus will be assistant coaches.

Before coming to Oneonta, Posillico was as an assistant coach for cross country and track at the University of Redlands.

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