The 27-year head coach of Lafayette track and field and cross country will retire at the end of the year
Long-time assistant will replace retiring Julio Piazza beginning July 1
Track and field mentor honored as Coach of the Year eight times
Julio Piazza begins his 19th season at the helm of Lafayette?s track and field and cross country programs in 2004. Piazza came to College Hill in 1986 after seven seasons as the head women?s cross country coach and assistant track and field coach at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2003, the Patriot League honored Piazza with his fourth Coach of the Year award following Lafayette?s successful men?s indoor campaign. The award was Piazza?s second in a row, as he was named Patriot League Men?s Track and Field Coach of the Year for 2002. Piazza was named Patriot League Men?s Indoor and Outdoor Coach of the Year in 1996-97 after Lafayette claimed 17 men?s and women?s conference champions. He was honored as the Patriot League Women?s Track and Field Coach of the Year in both 1991 and 1996, as well as the Women?s Cross Country Coach of the Year in 1993 after the Leopards claimed their first conference title. Piazza also led Lafayette?s women?s track and field teams to the East Coast Conference Indoor and Outdoor Championship crowns from 1986-88. Piazza helped guide Penn to five Ivy League track and field crowns, and back-to-back Heptagonal Outdoor titles. The Quakers? women?s cross-country team also reached the NCAA?s in 1981. An eight-time All-Ivy middle distance runner, Piazza graduated from Penn in 1972 and still holds two relay records. He and his wife, Cheryl, reside in Bethlehem, Pa. with their two children, Matt and Katie.