Stephen LoBianco enters his sixth season at the helm, and tenth year, with the Spartans after taking the reigns of the program in August of 2013.
LoBianco's 2010 inaugural season with the Spartan cross country squad proved a tremendous one as he saw Mandy Parshall capture York's first-ever individual conference championship in women's cross country. Additionally, he helped the Green and White to a pair of quality third-place team finishes at the annual Capital Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships.
During 2011, LoBianco helped mentor Tim Hartung and Steven Childres, as they went 1-2 at the CAC Championships as the Spartans earned their first ever Cross Country championship. Hartung continued his great season with a ninth place finish at NCAA regionals. LoBianco also helped guide Hartung to York’s first ever individual appearance in the NCAA Division III Championships.
As year three progressed, LoBianco saw the Men’s Cross Country team win its second straight CAC Championships, with Hartung repeating as CAC individual champion. Hartung continued his success at NCAA Regionals where he placed a program high of 5th while helping the Men’s team to a finish of 7th. LoBianco then helped coach Hartung to York’s first ever NCAA Cross Country All-American, as Hartung finished 7th at NCAA Cross Country Nationals.
In 2013,his first year as head coach, LoBianco has continued the success of the Cross Country program with many program firsts. For the third straight year, the Men’s Cross Country team were CAC Champions and Hartung captured his third straight individual title. The team went on to 7th at NCAA Regionals, while for the first time in program history two athletes earned All-Region accolades. LoBianco was able to once again coach Hartung at nationals, where for the second year in a row he was able to become an NCAA Cross Country All-American with a 24th place finish. On the women’s side, there were many firsts as well. LoBianco coached Caroline DeLany and Jess Miller, as they went 1-2 at the CAC championships for the first 1-2 finish in program history. The success continued after the Women’s team placeda program high of 8th at NCAA Regionals, the first top ten finish in program history. LoBianco was able to see Miller receive All-Region accolades and be York’s first female cross country runner to compete at NCAA Cross Country Nationals.
In 2014, the Spartans placed five men and four women to the All-CAC team at the conference meet. At the NCAA Regional meet, Jess Miller and Caroline DeLany both earned All-Region accolades with their 14th and 21st place finishes. This marked the first York has ever had two women earn All-Region awards. Miller made her second straight NCAA Championship appearance where she established herself as the highest placing Spartan ever at the NCAA Championship.
During 2015, the Spartans placed four men and four women to the All-CAC team at the conference meet. Alicia Dillman won the individual title, being only the third Spartan to ever win a conference crown. All three of which were coached by LoBianco. Jess DelViscio was earned Rookie of the Year as she was the top placing freshmen. Dillman’s success continued at NCAA Regionals, where she placed 27th place, earning All-Region Accolades.
During 2016, LoBianco captured another milestone, when he guided the women's cross country team to their first CAC championship. Individually, four Spartans were first-team All-CAC honorees. Two more Spartans earned second-team honors. LoBianco was named the women's cross country coach of the year as well. The Spartans were ninth at the Mid-East Regional, and Kathleen Cannon earned All-Region honors. The Spartans celebrated more success on the men's side in 2016, highlighted by Grant Dell's fifth-place finish at the CAC championships, his third time earning All-CAC honors. Three others earned second-team honors. As a team, York finished second. Four Spartans finished All-Region, and York finished a program high of 4th at NCAA Regionals.
During 2017, the women repeated at CAC Champions, putting four women in the top 10, with all four earning All-CAC honors. LoBianco was named the women's cross country coach of the year. On the men's side, York earned their first ever NCAA ranking in October. They placed 2nd at the CAC Championships, with 3 men earning All-CAC honors. At the NCAA Regional, Alex Smith and Grant Dell once again earned All-Region honors to secure the team a 4th place finish. With a 4th place finish at the NCAA Regional, the men earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships, the first ever team appearance in Cross Country in school history.
LoBianco ran collegiately at Shippensburg University, and is a 2007 graduate of Shippensburg University with a BS in Business Administration.
Andrew Friesema began his coaching career with the Spartans in the fall of 2011 and enters his sixth season as a member men’s and women’s cross country/track and field coaching staff in the fall of 2017.
He brings to the program knowledge, experience and leadership that supports the program in recruiting, meet management, running practices and attending meets. In Friesema’s first three seasons he contributed to the success of the men’s three consecutive cross country CAC Conferences Championships from 2011 through 2013 and top 10 NCAA Mid-Atlantic DIII Regional team finishes by the men’s program in 2012 and 2013 as well as the women’s program in 2014, both historical team bests. Friesema helped individuals achieve All-Conference and All-Regional honors. In 2013, Friesema helped coach YCP’s first woman, Jess Miller, to qualify for the NCAA DIII Cross Country National Championships and again saw that repeated the following year in 2014.
On the track, Friesema focuses his efforts on middle and long distance while supporting the Coach LoBianco with practice and meet management. He contributed the last three seasons to seeing individuals achieve All-Conference honors and multiple school records broken on both the men’s and women’s teams.
Prior to his coaching career, Friesema graduated from York College as a four-year varsity athlete in cross country and track and field. He captained the 2011 men’s track and field team to their first CAC Championship in 19 years.
Friesema balances his coaching duties at YCP with his head coach position of the middle school cross country program at York Country Day where he will enter his sixth season at the helm of the Greyhounds.
Friesema is a 2011 graduate of York College with a BS in Finance and a 2014 Graham School of Business, Masters, MBA graduate from York College.
Since college he continues to train and run competitively in local races and network with York Community to expand the footprint of York College as a former alumnus.
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