Andrew Marrocco, the busiest coach at Shenandoah University with six teams under his tutelage, is in the midst of his 12th season at the helm of the cross country and track programs.
Marrocco has brought the Hornets to unprecedented success in his time as head coach - his women's cross country program was regionally ranked in every poll from 2009-11 and he earned five USA South Conference Coach of the Year awards (three women, two men) during that same span with his 2010 women's cross country team winning the league championship.
Marrocco, a native of Washington Township, N.J., came to Shenandoah after spending one year as the assistant track and field coach at The College of New Jersey in Trenton, N.J. Prior to that, Marrocco was the assistant coach of both cross country and track & field at Salisbury University in Salisbury, Md. for three years.
In October 2009, Marrocco became the first SU coach to win two USA South Conference Coach of the Year accolades in the same year when he was named as both the men's and women's cross country Coach of the Year. Marrocco's women spent the entire season ranked in the top 10 of the USTFCCCA South/Southeast Regional poll and the men capped an improving regular season by finishing with a runner-up performance at the Hood College Invitational.
In 2010, he repeated as USA South men's and women's USA South Conference Coach of the Year. He is the first SU coach to repeat that honor and his women's cross country team earned its first-ever league title.
2011 brought more of the same success, with the women appearing in every regional poll and Marrocco picking up his third consecutive USA South Conference Coach of the Year accolade.
Since joining the ODAC for the 2011-12 indoor track & field season, the six programs have won a total of 17 ODAC championships and seen 83 student-athletes earn All-ODAC honors.
A 2003 graduate of Salisbury, Marrocco competed in cross country, indoor and outdoor track & field for three years at the NCAA Division III university. After winning an NJCAA Region 19 championship in cross country in 2000, Marrocco earned 14 All-Conference honors during his two years at Salisbury. He also was the Capital Athletic Conference 3000-meter steeplechase champion in both '01 and '02.
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Following the completion of his undergraduate degree, Marrocco stayed on at Salisbury to assist head coach Jim Jones with the cross country and track programs and pursue his Master's Degree in Applied Health Physiology. Marrocco helped Jones bring in more than 30 student-athletes per year into the program and was involved in all aspects of running each team. In his three years of coaching at Salisbury, Marrocco produced three conference champions in the steeplechase, one in the pole vault and school and conference records in both events.
In July 2005, Marrocco moved to TCNJ to serve as the assistant track and field coach and mentored the team's pole vaulters and throwers. In the 2006 indoor season, Marrocco produced the New Jersey Athletic Conference's men and women's pole vault champion, women's shot put champion, and three additional all-NJAC athletes for TCNJ.
As a USATF certified track & field coach with a bachelor degree in exercise science and masters degree in health physiology, Marrocco's education and experience is the perfect combination for a progressive atmosphere which ensures continued success throughout the athlete's career here at Shenandoah.
A nine-time qualifier for the Boston Marathon, Marrocco set his personal best time in a marathon with a 2:43:02 at the Boston Marathon in April, 2008.