Philadelphia, Pa - The University of the Sciences Athletics Department has named Rich DiGiacomo ('10) to serve in the roles as head coach of the men's and women's track and field teams, as announced by Athletics Director Marc Caserio, Ed.D. Dr. Caserio believes, "Rich's passion for running and education will be a valuable asset in helping the student-athletes achieve athletic and academic excellence." DiGiacomo has served as assistant coach for the Devils XC program since 2010 and just finished his first season as the head coach of the cross country program. During his tenure as assistant coach, the Devils women's XC team competed in the NCAA Division II East Regional in each of his first five seasons, while the men's team participated in the 2010 and 2014 regionals.
DiGiacomo's outlook to coaching is deep-rooted in a scientific methodology. Being a Doctor of Physical Therapy, as well as being certified as a Level 1 Certified Track Coach by USA Track and Field, and a Certified Endurance Coach by US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association; Rich is able to fluidly transfer his knowledge to his athletes for the benefit of their performances in competition.
DiGiacomo began at University of the Sciences as a freshman student-athlete in the fall of 2004, pursuing a degree in Physical Therapy as a member of the Devils men's cross country team. DiGiacomo served as the team's captain during his senior season in 2007, before graduating from the university with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2010.
Like most recently graduated collegiate athletes, his burning desire to compete had yet to burn out, so in turn, he responded by competing post-collegiately in local cross country meets road race, along with track and field meets for the Greater Philadelphia Track Club. Rich's thirst to remain competitive proved an invaluable compliment to his role as assistant coach, an asset that will continue to flourish in his role as head coach.
Associate Athletic Director Scott Sisson adds "We believe Rich is a perfect fit for the track and field programs. With his knowledge of both the sport and the university, we are excited to watch Rich lead these programs to the top of the conference."
Rich's zeal for teaching and running endures to a point where he may often be seen leading packs of runners around Philadelphia in his role as a tour guide for City Running Tours. His journeys through physical therapy, athletics, and teaching have also included a fervent involvement in volunteering with local handicapped sports organizations, including Magee Wheelchair Sports and Life Rolls On.
DiGiacomo will be assisted by Daryl Nelson, who will serve as a volunteer assistant coach for the Devils during their inaugural season, working primarily with the sprinters and throwers. Nelson has a vast knowledge of the Philadelphia Track and Field community, having served as head coach at St. John Neumann High School, and Boys Latin High School. While at Boys Latin, he produced All-Pennsylvania State Athletes and in 2014 his 4x100 meter Relay team finished 28th out of 550 teams topping all Philadelphia High Schools. Nelson will be responsible for building top-notch sprinters and throwers to add to the successful track program led by Head Coach Rich Digiacomo .