YORK, Pa. – The York College men's track & field team received great news this week as Spartan head coach Erick Camodeca was named the 2011 Capital Athletic Conference Men's Coach of the Year. The Camodeca-led Green and White won the 2011 Capital Athletic Conference Championship, their first since 1992, as Camodeca picks up his second-straight CAC Coach-of-the-Year award.
The 2011 league championship was the Green and White's third overall title after winning the initial two championships in 1991 and 1992. In both of those campaigns, former Spartan mentor Rich Achtzehn was selected as the CAC Coach of the Year as Camodeca ties Achtzehn's mark of two top mentor awards.
Finishing up his fourth season leading the Spartans men's track & Field program, the 2011 season also marked Camodeca's first season as the helm of the Spartans women's track & field squad. Since taking over both programs at York, Camodeca has lead to the Spartans squad to new heights. Aside from the men's team title, Camodeca also led the women's squad to a second-place finish at the CAC Championships, marking their best finish in the history of the program.
The Spartan squad had to battle the torrential downpours and strong wind on their way to winning the championship. York picked up seven event titles during the meet including as Ben Edwards (110 hurdles, 400 hurdles, 4x400 relay), Gregory Gray (long jump, 4x100 relay, 4x400 relay), Zak Kriesmer (pole vault), Tim Hartung (10,000 meters), Phillip Cavaluchi (4x100 relay), Chris Randise (4x100 relay, 4x400 relay), Christopher Camodeca (4x100 relay), and Le Von White (4x400 relay) each garnered All-CAC first-team honors for their respective triumphs.
For his career Camodeca, who also leads the Spartan men's and women's cross country programs, has now coached 36 All-CAC performances in men's track & field including 11 event titles.
PHOTO: Coach Camodeca hugs senior Ben Edwards at the 2011 Capital Athletic Conference Track & Field Championships hosted by York College. Courtesy of Zach Clabaugh - www.sharpedgefoto.com
Release courtesy of Chris Meegan - York College athletic communications practicum student