Long-time assistant will replace retiring Julio Piazza beginning July 1
May 14, 2013
EASTON, Pa. - Lafayette Director of Athletics Bruce McCutcheon has named long-time assistant coach Michele Curcio as the successor to Julio Piazza and head coach of Lafayette’s track and field and cross country programs.
“It is with great excitement that we promote Michele to the head position of our cross country and track and field programs,” McCutcheon said. “Michele is a proven winner as an educator and coach. She has an unparalleled passion for the sport and brings a high energy level, tireless work ethic and a set of values that emulate those of Lafayette. We are thrilled to have her in this leadership role.”
Curcio is currently completing her 14th season on College Hill as the associate head coach for the Leopards and will take over the head coaching duties beginning July 1. As an assistant, she was responsible for the throwers and coordinating the pole vault and combined athletes.
"I am extremely excited for this next step in my coaching career,” Curcio said. “I would like to thank Lafayette College and the Athletic Department for providing me with this opportunity. Coach Piazza has been a staple to Lafayette and the track and field program and will be a tough act to follow. With an outstanding group returning and some talented incoming student-athletes, I look forward to developing quality students and athletes at Lafayette."
Over her time on College Hill, she has coached 29 Patriot League champions, 18 All-East performers, a two-time ECAC champion, a three-time Penn Relays champion and 18 NCAA regional qualifiers. Curcio’s athletes have also set 24 school records.
In addition to her work at Lafayette, Curcio has also been active on the international coaching level, having served as women’s throws coach for the United States at the 2012 World Junior Championships and the 2010 USA Under-23 Team competing at the NACAC (North America, Central American and Caribbean) Championships.
Before arriving on College Hill, Curcio was an assistant at Slippery Rock University, coaching an All-American thrower, three NCAA Division II national qualifiers, six conference champions and aided in the development of two All-American decathletes.
Curcio earned her undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Delaware in 1991 and continued her education at East Stroudsburg University, earning a master’s degree in Physical Education & Health in 1995.
At Delaware, she was a four-year track and field athlete and two-year captain. Curcio was the East Coast Conference champion in the 20-pound weight and the hammer throw in 1991. She continued her competitive career following graduation, participating on the national level and eventually qualifying for the 1992 Olympic Trials.
Curcio is a native of Easton, Pa. and attended Easton Area High School.
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