Stephen LoBianco is entering his third season leading the Spartans' cross country and track & field programs. LoBianco was named head coach in August of 2013.
In his first year as head coach, LoBianco oversaw Tim Hartung's return to nationals as the senior earned his second consecutive All-American honors in cross country. He also mentored Jess Miller as she became the first women's cross country runner to earn an invitation to the Division III National Championships.
During the 2014 indoor season, Hartung returned to nationals where he earned All-American honors in both the 5K and the 3K. In the spring, Hartung picked up two more All-American finishes in the 10K and the 5K.
Hartung capped his career as a seven-time All-American while he was also a two-time Capital One Academic All-America. Hartung was also named the York College Daniel Klinedinst Award winner signifying the outstanding senior male athlete.
LoBianco's 2010 inaugural season with the Spartan track and field team, he predominantly worked with the distance squad, where success was had with Mandy Parshall’s individual title in the 5k, as well as Hartung’s individual title in the 10k. That year also marked the first time since 1992 that the Men’s Track & Field team earned a CAC Championship. This was also followed by an NCAA Track & Field All-American 8th place effort by Ben Edwards in the 400m hurdles.
In LoBianco's second year, the Capital Athletic Conference held an official indoor championship for the first time and the Spartans flourished. LoBianco helped mentor many of the mid-distance and distance athletes to points earning conference finishes and school records. Later in the spring, Jasmine Smith qualified for NCAA Track & Field Nationals in the long jump.
As year three progressed, LoBianco saw the mid-distance and distance squads become a strong force within the conference, with them once again securing multiple individual champions in events such as the Men’s and Women’s 5k and mile indoor and the Men’s and Women’s 5k and 10k outdoor. LoBianco also coached Hartung to his first NCAA Track & Field Nationals appearance as he qualified in the 5k and 10k. Hartung was able to secure NCAA All-American status in the 10k with a 7th place finish on his way to a school record. 2013 also saw Phil Cavaluchi qualify for NCAA Track & Field Nationals in the long jump, where he had a fantastic 9th place finish.
In 2014, LoBianco's Spartans had a banner indoor season as four Spartans earned first team All-CAC honors as Tim Hartung was named the CAC Indoor Co-Athlete of the Year. On the women's side, four Spartans earned first team finishes while three others had runner-up performances. On the outdoor side, Hartung and Robert Doster both earned All-CAC honors as they both earned invitations to the NCAA Division III championships. Jenna Roberts was the Spartans' lone outdoor track and field winner as she was victorious in the 3000 steeplechase.
The 2015 outdoor campaign saw the Spartans host the Capital Athletic Conference championships at Graham Field. Caroline DeLany and Jess Miller each earned first team honors at the championships while Miller also earned a second place finish. On the men's side, Doster and Michael Stetson each won events at the championships. Doster would go on to earn his second straight NCAA Championship appearance as he qualified for nationals in the javelin.
As an undergrad at Shippensburg University, he was a four-year varsity athlete in cross country and track & field. LoBianco is a 2007 graduate of Shippensburg University with a BS in Business Administration.
After college he continues to run and train for local road races and track meets. He recently completed his first marathon in 2:35.05.
|Title:||Asst. Track & Field Coach|
Mike Gentile enters his second season as a member of the men’s and women’s cross country/track and field coaching staff in the fall of 2015.
A former assistant coach at Chestnut Hill College and head coach for Homer-Center High School’s boys and girls cross country/track and field teams, Gentile has been instructing the fundamentals for more than 20 years.
During his high school career at Penn Hills High School near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Gentile posted PR’s of: 51.2 sec for the 440; 1:55.1 for the 880; 4:21.4 for the 1600; and 16:02 for the Cross Country 5K. Due to injury, Gentile was unable to compete collegiately for Westminster College, in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, opting to lend his services to the team as a student-assistant coach from 1988 to 1992. Gentile was part of a staff that saw several student-athletes qualify for NAIA National Championships in cross country and helped direct student-athletes to school records in cross country, 3K steeple chase and the 800m.
After college, Gentile coached athletes in his spare time as he pursued a career in communications. During this time he also worked with teens in the mental health field and completed his elementary and special education certificate at St. Francis University of Pennsylvania. In 2003, Gentile resumed his coaching career by assuming boys and girls cross country head coaching responsibilities at Homer-Center High School. The following year, 2004, he expanded his domain by taking on the head coach role for the Wildcat’s track and field team and in 2007 he continued to grow the Wildcat’s athletic offerings with the development of the Homer-Center High School’s indoor track program. Gentile changed the direction of the programs by annually qualifying athletes for the PIAA State Championships in the 300m hurdles, 400m, 800m, 1600m, 3200m, 4 x 400, 4x 800, shot put, discus and cross country until his departure in the fall of 2013. Under Gentile’s direction, the Wildcats achieved the school’s first women’s conference championship in track and field, as well as, several runner-up finishes in the Heritage Conference for cross country and track and field. The Wildcats also achieved multiple runner-up finishes in the Indiana County Championships, that were traditionally dominated by larger schools, and in 2009 the program saw its first state medalists on the track with a 5th place finish in 4 x 800m relay with a time of 9:35. Most notably, Gentile developed and coached two-time Penn Relays Championship of America mile winner, New Balance and Footlocker All-American, 10 time State Champion, all-time indoor mile record holder, outdoor 800m and 1600m State record holder, Angel Piccirillo. Gentile also helped develop 5 time State Champion and multiple New Balance All-American, Kennedy Weisner, to the second fastest all-time AA 800m and 1600m runs.
In 2013, Gentile joined the coaching staff at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, where he coached sprinters, jumpers and throwers. Gentile was an integral part in helping the men’s team win the Central Athletic Collegiate Conference Team Championship. Gentile also helped the Griffins amass All-Conference competitors in the long jump, triple jump, shot put, discus, 110 hurdles and the conference champion 4x100m relay team.
Gentile graduated from Westminster College in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in communications. He also has earned his certificate in elementary and special education from Saint Francis University of Pennsylvania in 2002.
He currently resides in Indiana, Pennsylvania, with his wife and three sons.
|Title:||Asst. Track & Field Coach|
Jeff Breidinger enters his second year on Coach LoBianco's track & field staff. Breidinger is a DeSales University graduate as he owns a Bachelors of Science in Sport Management with a Criminal Justice Minor. At DeSales, Breidinger was a member of the men's track & field program as a thrower in the shot-put, discus, hammer/weight throw. Breidinger is a member of the programs’ first outdoor Middle Atlantic Conference Championship in 2011.
Breidinger resides in Columbia, Pennsylvania and works as the head men’s & women’s Cross Country Coach at Thaddeus Stevens College and as a crew member with Cooks Bros Estate Services.
|Title:||Pole Vault Coach|
Adam Mathias is entering in his second year with the Spartans track and field program.
He graduated from DeSales University with a BS in Sport Management.
In his first year, he helped guide the Spartan pole vault crew to top sixth place finishers at both indoor & outdoor CAC track and field championships. The Spartan vaulters all achieved personal bests, including tying the York College indoor school record. Mathias aims to have the same success from his vaulters he did last year achieving higher marks and a chance to take CAC championships and even a shot at sending some to Nationals. Mathias will also over-see the high jumpers as well this year where he hopes to bring high energy to the jumpers and push them to make an impact in the CAC.
At DeSales, Mathias was a four-year member of the DeSales track and field team as a pole vaulter. In his sophomore year, he broke the school record in the pole vault, and to this day, he sits as the second all-time highest vaulter from DeSales. Mathias had much success throughout his college career including being a three time All-Conference pole vaulter in the Middle Atlantic Conference.
Before coaching at York College, Mathias coached at Salisbury Township High School in Allentown, PA where he was an assistant track and field coach. Mathias coached the jumps for the school, where he made an immediate impact on the schools program. In his tenure at Salisbury, he coached numerous league and district qualifiers. His vaulters captured three league and district championship titles in the pole vault under his guidance, to included a second place state medalist in the Girls PIAA AA meet. Mathias also coached an athlete who obtained All-American and High School Elite status in Katie Toman 12'4".
Mathias resides in Mountville, PA and works in sales at Lift, Inc.