ONEONTA, N.Y. -- Oneonta State head cross country coach Angelo Posillico has been named the head coach for the track & field program announced Monday by athletics director Tracey Ranieri. Posillico takes over for Matt LoPiccolo, who is headed to Duke to work in their track & field program.

"Angelo is ready to take on his new role as the head coach of both programs," Ranieri said.  "Working with Matt as a coach and having him as a mentor is a bonus to a young man who has been preparing for years for this moment. Angelo personifies today's successful college coach. He is committed to the student-athlete experience, prepares with intention, is kindhearted and works extremely hard. His competitive nature, motivation and knowledge are extraordinary and I have no doubt he will make the athletes' experience unforgettable and our teams the best they can be."

A 2008 graduate of Oneonta, Posillico will enter his third year as head cross country for the men and women's squads this fall.

"I'm honored and excited to be the next head coach of SUNY Oneonta track & field," Posillico said. "Matt has done a tremendous job building this program from scratch and my goal will be to continue that tradition of success."

Since Posillico's arrival, both cross country teams have improved each year where last fall both squads finished third at the conference championships. Posillico is anticipating that the cross country program will challenge for the top spot in the SUNYAC championship meet.

The cross country program has also excelled in the classroom during Posillico's tenure, as both teams have been recognized nationally by the USTFCCCA in back-to-back seasons.

Posillico, who has been serving as the associate track & field coach for two seasons, inherits a program that is riding high after its best year since being reinstated as a varsity program in 2001. Under his guidance, Posillico has developed a dominating group of throwers while bringing along many of the distance runners in the program.

"My first step will be to assemble a coaching staff that has the characteristics that will allow us to continue to providing a winning experience for our student athletes," Posillico said.

Posillico announced that Sean Bernstein, Chris Popovici and Hannah Backus are being added to the coaching staff for both programs. Bernstein will be an intern while he finishes his undergraduate work while Backus and Popovici will be assistant coaches.

Posillico is a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the NSCA. He also holds a USATF Level III Certification in the Throws as well as IAAF Level V Academy Coach Certification. Both are the highest level of certification offered by either organization. In addition to these organizations Posillico has studied under the USTFCCCA and the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Prior to Oneonta, Posillico served as an assistant coach for cross country and track & field at the University of Redlands. During that time the women's track & field team won a SCIAC championship.

Under LoPiccolo's tutelage, both program's experienced success at the conference, regional and national level. This past winter, the men's team captured its first SUNYAC title and LoPiccolo was selected as both the SUNYAC and NCAA Atlantic Region Coach of the Year.

This past spring, LoPiccolo guided the men to a sixth place finish at the NCAA outdoor championships while winning two national titles. LoPiccolo built the program from the ground up and worked tirelessly to make Oneonta a national contender. All tolled, LoPiccolo coached more than 100 SUNYAC champions and five national champions while garnering conference coach of the year honors three times.

"I have enjoyed my years of service here at SUNY Oneonta," LoPiccolo said. "I am proud that I was not only able to establish track & field as a sport here, but that I enjoyed success even beyond my own expectations when I took the position. I leave the program with a bright future, and I feel content leaving it in great hands."