Track and Field - Co-Ed Varsity
Marianapolis is excited about the 2019 Track and Field season! Both teams had strong 2018 seasons with the girls placing first in the DIII NEPSTA New England Championship. Success on that day, as on any day, reflected months of hard work and a continued commitment to defining success through PRs (Personal Records) with each throw, jump, and race. In 2019, we are so excited to see returning athletes continue to grow and work toward their season goals. We are equally excited to welcome athletes new to the family and, regardless of experience, cheer them on as they too grow stronger, faster, and more confident in their events. Along with a number of experienced athletes, the team will be led by captains Shawn Murphy ’19, Erik Le ’20, Chase Courville ’19, Rahmat Obanikoro ’19, Olivia Panagiouto ’19, and Caitlyn Miller ’19.
David DiCiccoHead CoachDavid DiCicco is entering his seventh year as the head coach for co-ed varsity track and field at Marianapolis. Before and after practice, DiCicco serves as the Assistant Head of School/Dean of Students, history teacher, and along with Mrs. DiCicco, parent to Ella and Drew. DiCicco began his running career at the Governor’s Academy (Byfield, Mass.) where he ran both cross country and track. He has remained an avid runner since then. DiCicco served as head coach for Cheshire Academy’s track and field team from 2006-2011 and also coached girls' and boys' cross country. DiCicco is a former President of the New England Preparatory School Track and Field Association (NEPSTA). As a coach, he focuses on the growth of the individual athlete and emphasizes the importance of short- and long-term goal setting while cultivating a love for the sport and a sense of team that lasts long after the season has ended. DiCicco is proud of Marianapolis’ teams-including 2016’s & 2017’s SENE champions-not for the plaques or individual medals earned but for each athlete's individual commitment to being better each time they take a jump, throw, or race. This commitment to, and celebration of, improvement is a guiding principle of the program. First time athletes and college bound competitors share the spotlight and each other’s support in a program that continues to grow in size and spirit.
PJ AndrewsAssistant Coach
PJ Andrews is in his first season of coaching the co-ed varsity track and field team. He will be working with the throwers alongside Coach Miller. Coach Andrews was part of the Springfield College Track and Field team and served as team captain in his senior season. While winning is fun, Coach Andrews likes to focus on the individual growth of his athletes and hopes to have a season filled of learning, fun, and PR's!
Emily GaudetAssistant Coach
Emily Gaudet, Marianapolis class of 2008, currently teaches Chemistry, Honors Chemistry, AP Chemistry, and Introduction to Neuroscience. She coaches cross-country and track and field, and resides in Villa Maria. Her mother (’75) and brother (’12) also attended Marianapolis.
Lon Wesley HowardAssistant CoachLon Wesley Howard II teaches English II and III, coaches varsity boys’ basketball and track, and is a dorm parent in Villa St. Joseph. Mr. Howard attended Notre Dame where he was a member of the Glee Club, and played saxophone in the marching band. Outside of Marianapolis, Mr. Howard writes for the website celticsblog.com, covering the Boston Celtics. He enjoys swimming, boating, martial arts, weightlifting, and assorted gaming. He married his wife Lauren on July 16, 2016.
Chris MillerAssistant Coach
Liza PerreaultAssistant Coach
Ms. Liza Perreault is in her second year at Marianapolis. She teaches English II, Casimir Seminar, and is a Wellness advisor. She is the head coach of Marianapolis’s first Field Hockey team. She also coaches both Winter and Spring Track and Field. and is a member of the Captains Council. She is an active dorm parent in Villa Maria. During college, Ms. Perreault studied abroad in Italy, was a member of the track & field team, and led international immersion trips and mission trips to Ecuador, Jamaica, and Camden, NJ. Ms. Perreault holds a Master's of Education degree from Merrimack College.