|College:||Sacramento State '95|
David Lawrence Jr. enters his first season at the helm of the men’s and women’s track and field and cross country programs at the Merchant Marine Academy. On top of leading the program as a whole, Lawrence Jr. will specifically work with athletes who compete in sprints, hurdles, and jumps. Prior to arriving at the Academy Lawrence served six years as the Region 14 Coordinator for United States Track & Field (USATF). He was also a part of all meet management for the junior Olympics Track & Field and Cross Country National Championships.
Lawrence Jr. served four years in the United States Army and reached the rank of Specialist. He served in a Field Artillery unit during Operation Just Cause in Panama. Lawrence Jr. is a 1995 graduate of Sacramento State and currently resides in Far Rockaway, NY.
|Hometown:||Oyster Bay, NY|
|College:||Miami '09 / C.W. Post '11|
|Major:||B.S. - Sport Administration / M.S. - School Counseling|
Vince Giambanco joined the Unites States Merchant Marine Academy as an assistant coach for the Cross Country and Track & Field in the January of 2012, bringing strong experience as a coach and counselor.
In 2012 he helped guide both the men’s and women’s teams to Academy Records in the 4x1500m relay. He also guided Tomas Sanchez who lowered his personal best 800m time from 1:59 to an ECAC qualifying time of 1:54.2. Further, Sanchez was Landmark Conference Champion in the 400m both indoors and outdoors. Giambanco also directed FR Ellie Coulter to an Academy Record in the 10,000m.
In addition to his coaching duties at USMMA, Giambanco is also founder and Head Coach of Citius New York, an Elite Development Racing Team based out of Long Island New York. Citius has established itself as the best racing team on Long Island having four male runners with 5k personal bests between 13:42 and 14:23, as well as a strong middle distance contingent including Dustin Emrani who qualified for the 2012 IAAF Indoor World Championship and has run a personal best of 1:46 in the 800m and 4:03 in the Mile. The Citius women are equally as strong, with its lead runners Jodie Robertson who has ran a 2:43 at the United States Olympic Marathon Trials and also boasts a 16:36 5k personal best and Karen Roa who has run personal bests of 4:55 Mile, 9:40 3k, 10:26 3000m Steeplechase, and 16:50 5k.
Giambanco first gained experience coaching the collegiate ranks as a Cross Country assistantfor C.W. Post University. In just one year on staff, four athletes under his direction earned All-East Coast Conference 1st Team honors and three other were named All-East Coast Conference 2nd Team. On the men’s side, his 1st Team All-ECC runners achieved notable marks (Mathew O’Keefe – 25:16, Christian Altamura – 25:39 and Raymond Coyle – 26:10). He also guided female 1st-teamer Jennifer Mclaughlin to a personal best of 19:21 in the 5K and 2nd-teamer Caitlin Smith to a mark of 19:09. Both the men’s and women’s team ended the season as champions of the East Coast Conference in 2011.
Giambanco began his own collegiate running career competing at the University of Miami from 2006-2009 where he received the NCAA All-Academic Award and graduated with a B.S. in Sports Administration, minoring in Exercise Physiology. He used his remaining eligibility for C.W. Post while working on a M.S. in School Counseling. He captained the Pioneers while earning the distinction of First-Team All-ECC Conference and led the men’s team to back to back ECC Championships in 2009 & 2010.
Originally from Oyster Bay, New York, Giambanco is a Certified Personal Trainer by the American College of Sports Medicine and a USATF Level 1 Certified Coach.
|College:||SUNY Albany '11|
|Major:||B.S. - Human Biology|
Wilfredo de Jesus begins his second season as an assistant track and field coach, working primarily with throwers. He also helps with strength training and off-season work for all speed and power events.
In 2011-12, he was responsible for the first women’s individual Landmark Champion in the history of the Academy, Tara Mulligan. In working with De Jesus, her personal best mark in the Hammer Throw improved from 33 meters to a mark of 42.49m. She repeatedly broke Academy records throughout the season in the both the Hammer and Weight Throws (8 times). Milligan was also Landmark Conference Runner-up in the WT with a mark of 13.1m.
In addition to the success Coach de Jesus achieved with Midshipman Mulligan, he also coached Kevin Stapf (who had not thrown prior to last season) to a national ranking of 26th in the Javelin with a mark of 59.08m. The men’s throwing crew performed well as a whole under the guidance of De Jesus. After a four year hiatus from throwing, SR Ed Logan threw a personal best mark in the Shot Put of 13.13m, which was also a runner-up finish in the Landmark Conference Championships.
De Jesus is the 2007 Puerto Rican National Athlete of the Year. He is also Puerto Rico's record holder in the Under-23 hammer throw at 64.39 meters and brings a wealth of experience in the throwing events.
De Jesus has represented Puerto Rico at several international competitions including the Central American and Caribbean Championships in 2009 (Havana, Cuba) and in 2010 (Mayaguez, Puerto Rico) finishing as high as seventh place in the hammer. He was a bronze medalist at the 2007 Junior Pan American Games in the same event.
He also has been involved in competitive weightlifting since high school, where he twice finished as national runner-up for Puerto Rico in the Super-Heavyweight class. He currently competes for USA Weightlifting during his "off-season" in the Snatch and Clean & Jerk.
His collegiate honors included the IC4A indoor champion in the weight throw (2011), IC4A outdoor champion in the hammer throw (2011), America East indoor champion in the weight throw (2009, 2010 and 2011), America East outdoor champion in the hammer throw (2009, 2011), America East Conference indoor performer of the year (2011) and SUNY-Albany indoor MVP (2011).
De Jesus earned a B.S. degree in human biology at SUNY Albany in 2011. He also completed the USATF Level 1 coaching certification this past winter.