|Title:||Head Cross Country Coach|
|Previous College:||Salisbury '01|
Stacie Wentz begins her second season as the Assumption College men's and women's cross country and track and field head coach in 2014-2015. She was named to the position on July 10, 2013.
“I would like to welcome Stacie to Assumption as the head coach of both our men’s and women’s cross country and track and field programs,” said Nick Smith, Director of Athletics at Assumption. “During her time at Johns Hopkins, the programs enjoyed a great deal of success and I am hoping that she can continue that work with our programs as we strive for excellence on the track, in the classroom and in the community.”
In the fall of 2013, Wentz coached the Assumption men's and women's cross country teams to substantial improvements from a year ago in both the Northeast-10 Conference Championship and the NCAA Regional. In addition, junior Tony Fierimonte became the first male runner in Assumption College history to qualify for the NCAA Division II National Championship which took place in Seattle, Washington, where he placed 65th.
In the Northeast-10 Indoor and Outdoor Championships, both teams made dramatic improvements from the previous seasons breaking 39 records in both indoor and outdoor track during Wentz’s first year as Head Coach. Freshman Gwendelyn Sawyer was named as the 2014 Northeast-10 Outdoor Field Rookie of the Year after winning the league shot put title, while Fierimonte claimed the outdoor 3,000-meter steeplechase crown. Both went on to earn All-New England recognition as well at the New England Outdoor Championships. Under the guidance of Wentz, after the 2013-2014 seasons of cross country and track, both the Men’s and Women’s Team received the Division II All-Academic Team Awards from the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The team also had three individual winners of All-Academic Awards by the USTFCCCA.
Wentz came to Assumption from Johns Hopkins University, where she served as the assistant coach of the men’s and women’s cross country and track and field teams since 2009. In 2012, she helped coach the women’s cross country team to the NCAA Division III National Championship as the Blue Jays captured the title by a 63-point margin. In addition, the men’s team posted a program-best 20th-place finish in the NCAA’s as well in 2012. On the track, Wentz coached the fastest 4x800 and distance medley relay teams in the country in 2013.
The JHU women’s program in 2012 won the Division III National Cross Country Championship, and has captured five straight NCAA Mideast Regional championships and five straight Centennial Conference crowns, while the men’s team placed third in both the conference meet and the NCAA Mideast Regional in 2012, as well as 20th at the NCAA Nationals. The women’s team also won the USTFCCCA NCAA Division III Scholar Team of the Year Award for their academic excellence.
She has coached seven NCAA Division III cross country All-Americans, along with nine NCAA Division III track individual All-Americans and one All-American distance medley relay team. Wentz helped coach the Blue Jays women’s track team to a No. 10 national ranking in the spring of 2013 as the women’s team won its fourth straight outdoor league title. The men’s team excelled as well, winning its first conference indoor title in 2013.
Wentz graduated magna cum laude from Salisbury University (Md.) in 2001, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education and a minor in business administration. In addition, she earned her Master of Science degree in sport management from West Virginia University in 2003, graduating with a perfect 4.0 grade point average.
As a collegiate runner on the Salisbury cross country and track and field teams, Wentz earned numerous All-Conference Mason Dixon and Capital Athletic Conference accolades. She currently holds the Salisbury school record as a member of the 4x800 meter relay team and was named to the All-Maryland Cross Country Team in 2000. While at Salisbury, Wentz was named a two-time National Cross Country Coaches Association Academic All-American and received an NCAA Women and Ethnic Minority Postgraduate Scholarship for Careers in Athletics.
In addition to being skilled in the coaching of Track and Field and Cross Country, Wentz in the past has also worked for US Lacrosse as the Manager of the National Team’s Program, and at Louisiana State University (LSU) as the Assistant Director of the Shaquille O’Neal CHAMPS and Life Skills Program, and for the NCAA as a governance intern.
Wentz currently resides in Worcester, Massachusetts.
|Title:||Assistant Cross Country Coach|
|Previous College:||Duquesne '09|
Derek Dutille begins his second season with the Assumption College men's and women's cross country and track and field programs as an assistant coach in 2014-2015.
Dutille has been working as a sales associate at Running Fit in Ann Arbor, Michigan over the past year and has a previous coaching stop at Division I Duquesne University. At Duquesne, Dutille served as an assistant coach of both their cross country and track and field programs from August 2009 to June 2010. He was involved in planning workouts, consulting with athletes on their day-to-day training and functioned as the program's head coach at some major events such as the Penn Relays.
A 2009 graduate of Duquesne, Dutille graduated with a bachelor of science degree in business administration and a major in sports marketing. He was also a standout runner for the Dukes as he was a two-time cross country All-Conference selection in 2007 and 2008 and member of the team that captured the Atlantic-10 Conference Championship. Individually, Dutille captured the Atlantic-10 Conference steeplechase title and was a three-time NCAA qualifier in the event.
Dutille had personal best of 3:49 in the 1,500, 4:06 in the mile, 8:23 in the 3K, 8:51 in the 3K steeplechase, 14:27 for the 5K and 24:17 for an 8K cross country race.