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Stephen LoBianco enters his third season at the helm of the Spartans after taking the reigns of the program in August of 2013. LoBianco had served as a Spartan assistant coach three years prior to him taking over the cross country and track & field programs.
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 year two, 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 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 fifth while helping the Men’s team to a program history high 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 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 tie the program’s highest NCAA Regional finish with a seventh place finish, 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 in 2013. The success continued after the Women’s team placed 8th at NCAA Regionals as a team, 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, Miller made her second straight NCAA Championship appearance after she finished second at the CAC championships for the second straight year. Miller earned All-Region accolades and was joined by DeLany on the all-region squad.
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. Cross Country Coach|
Andrew Friesema began his coaching career with the Spartans in the fall of 2011 and enters his fourth season as a member men’s and women’s cross country/track and field coaching staff in the fall of 2015.
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 fifth 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.
Rich Achtzehn has been involved in Spartan athletics for over 40
years. He has served as an assistant professor in education, the
Spartan wrestling coach, and the Spartan track & field coach in
addition to his duties with the cross country squads.
York's former cross country head coach, Achtzehn now serves the program as an assistant and mentor to head coach Stephen LoBianco. Achtzehn's years of experience will prove a valuable asset to the Spartan squad.
Achtzehn’s teams at York College have never been strangers to success as he led the wrestling team to a fourth place finish at the NAIA team championships and four other top 20 finishes. He also led the Spartan track and field team to two CAC titles and twice earned CAC Coach-of-the-Year honors.
Achtzehn resides in Dallastown, PA, with his wife, Terry.