YORK, PA – The York College women's cross country program received more good news on Wednesday as head coach Stephen LoBianco was named the Capital Athletic Conference's Coach of the Year after York won their second straight CAC championship on Saturday.
LoBianco led the Spartans to the championship for the second straight year as York outdistanced second place Salisbury by nine points. The title is the 30th Capital Athletic Conference championship for York College and the second in the history of the women's cross country program. The championship is the eighth by a York College women's team.
LoBianco earned the 2016 Coach of the Year award in leading York to their first ever women's cross country title after a pair of runner-up finishes in the previous three years. LoBianco is now a three-time Cross Country CAC Coach of the Year after winning the men's award in 2013.
LoBianco has guided the women to a pair of titles and a pair of second place finishes (2013, 2015) during his tenure while the men have earned one title (2012) and three second place finishes (2015, 2016, 2017) during his five seasons as the Spartan head coach.
On the women's side, LoBianco has mentored two CAC champions (Caroline DeLany in 2013 and Alicia Dillman in 2015), one Rookie of the Year (Jess DelViscio in 2015), 12 first team All-CAC finishers and 11 second-team All-CAC place winners.
The Spartans had a pair of first-team finishers this year as Jess DelViscio finished third and Kristi Wandzilak placed sixth. Sophomore Rachel Banchiere placed ninth and Alayna De Bruin finished tenth for York's two second-team All-CAC finishers in 2017.
LoBianco and his Spartans head to the Mideast Regional Championship on Saturday, November 11 at Big Springs High School in Carlisle, PA. The Spartans will look to better last year's school record ninth place finish at the regionals.