DURHAM, North Carolina – As the 2021-22 cross-country and track season approaches, several new faces have joined Duke’s coaching staff. With the latest addition, join us as we wrap up our overview of the people behind the title.
Joining the Blue Devils as an assistant coach (throwing) is Angelo Posillico. Posillico arrives in Durham after a successful tenure at Army West Point, where he was the 2021 USTFCCA Northeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year and coached some of the program’s top pitchers including August Cook , who qualified for three NCAA Outdoor Championships in the javelin.
When did you first get involved in athletics?
Posillico: âI went to do track and field in ninth grade to stay fit for wrestling. I was initially a long-distance runner, and it wasn’t until I went to college and my first year I had a few injuries so my coaches It turned me into a hammer thrower It was kind of my path that went through college and got me involved in the events that I coach now working with pitchers and I’ve been in the sport since ninth grade. “
When did you know you wanted to be a coach?
Posillico: âMy last year of college I had the opportunity to attend a few training camps. One of them was in Las Vegas and it was really this collection of the best of the best coaches in our sport. So I was really impressed to listen to these coaches, how passionate they were about the sport and it really solidified for me that this was a profession I thought I wanted to get into. I am very competitive and I love to teach, so it’s a job that allows me to do both of those things. “
What is your proudest or most enduring moment as an athlete or coach?
Posillico: “When I coached at my alma mater, at SUNY Oneonta, we at one point won the school’s first SUNYAC team championship with the men’s indoor athletics program and it was really special. Having been on this team as a student-athlete and then being able to come back as a coach and bring the first of what has been a few team titles in sport has given me the feeling like giving back to the program which has really done a lot for me as a student-athlete. So it was really special for me to be there for this first time as a member of the coaching staff, and I think exactly what that meant for these student-athletes and for your alma mater. “
What initially attracted you to Duke?
Posillico: “The balance between high school and top athletics. I don’t think there are a lot of schools in the country that really do this. A lot say they do, but I don’t don’t think there are many who do it like that. It’s the environment I want to be a part of. I want to work not only with the best athletes, but also with the brightest students in the sport. “
What’s the first Duke experience you would like to have?
Posillico: “I want to have a good first day of training [laughter]. I just want to kick off and have a great first day, then a great second day. “
What might people not know about you?
Posillico: “I am a very active investor and trader. I love trading stocks. It is a hobby that I chose during the pandemic with the extra time I have to trade options, stocks , cryptocurrencies and all kinds of stuff. I think it’s fascinating. I go to the Yahoo Finance app probably a hundred times a day [laughter]. It’s just something I’ve really gotten myself into over the last year and a half. “
What are your goals for the coming season?
Posillico: âI want to start creating a culture within the throwing group. I want this group to be an integral part of the program. We want to win more conference championships and I want the pitching schedule to be a really big part of that. May the athletes and alumni who have taken the throwing program really be excited to know where this is going and proud of what they are doing. It’s really the first thing I want to start doing. “
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