Stacie Wentz begins her fifth season as the Assumption College men's and women's cross country and track and field head coach in 2017-18.
The 2017 season was a highly successful one for the Assumption College cross country and track & field programs. Ranked second in the East-Region for the majority of the season, the women's cross country team finished a program best second place at the NE10 Championships while also finishing a program best second at the NCAA East Regional. Three members of the team garnered All-Conference accolades, while Antonia Pagliuca and Courtney Fisher were named All-Region. The success at the regional level catapulted the squad to its first ever appearance at the NCAA National Championship where the team placed 27th, finishing as one of the best programs in the entire nation. In the winter, the men's and women's indoor track & field teams reached unprecedented heights. The men's team recorded their best ever finish of sixth place at the NE10 indoor championships, where three members of the team were named to the All-Region team. The Hounds swept the Rookie of the Year awards for the indoor track & field season, as Justin Ireland and Kevin Hack were named Track & Field Rookies of the Year for the conference. On the women's side, the Hounds matched their best ever finish with a seventh place finish at the indoor championships. At the conclusion of the season, Abby Jones and Pagliuca were named All-Region for their efforts. In the spring, records continued to fall as the women's track & field team placed third at the NE10 outdoor track & field championships for the school's best ever finish, while the men finished sixth which was also a program best. A combined 11 Hounds were named to the All-Region team at the conclusion of the outdoor season. Greta Scott highlighted the pack with an invite to the NCAA National Championship were she placed ninth, earning the programs first All-American performer.
In 2014, the cross country and track and field programs made substantial strides with multiple NCAA national qualifiers and school records in 32 different events between indoor and outdoor track and field. Senior Tony Fierimonte became the first Assumption runner to qualify for back-to-back national cross country meets, while freshman Antonia Pagliuca was the first Assumption rookie in 12 seasons to qualify. Fierimonte, who won his second straight Northeast-10 steeplechase title, also qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championship in the steeplechase. Earlier in the season, he ran the fastest 3,000-meter steeplechase time in Northeast-10 Conference history.
As a team, the women's squad placed third in the Northeast-10 cross country championship for the team's highest finish in over a decade. In women's outdoor track, freshman Megan Perrin won the Northeast-10 javelin title and was one of eight Hounds to earn USTFCCCA All-Region honors.
In the fall of 2013, Wentz coached the Assumption men's and women's cross country teams to substantial improvements from a year before in both the Northeast-10 Conference Championship and the NCAA Regional. 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 Gwen 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.
In the classroom, her women's team posted one of the highest GPA's in the nation as the team finished with an overall GPA of 3.66.
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.