Marie Grasso - Men's Cross Country Coach (2024)

Marie Grasso - Men's Cross Country Coach (1)

  • Title
    Assistant Cross Country & Track Coach
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  • Alma Mater
    Eastern Washington University
  • Year
    2nd Year

Marie Grasso was named Assistant Track and Field Coach in December of 2022.

Grasso has spent most of her career in education and coaching at every competitive level from youth to college. She has spent the past five years doing personal training and individual coaching, which included throws, sprints, hurdles and distance.

From 2011 to 2017, Grasso coached in the Cross Country and Track and Field programs at Skaneateles High School where she served as an assistant track and field coach in the throws, jumps, sprints and hurdles, as well as Head Boy’s Cross Country Coach for three seasons. She also started the Lakers Track and Field (2008-2017) and Lakers Cross Country (2011-2015) program for third through sixth graders.

In between Colgate and Skaneateles, she took a hiatus from coaching to raise her children.

She went to Colgate in the Fall of 1989 to start the Women’s Track and Field program. She began as the Head Women’s Track and Field Coach and Throws Coach for Men and Women. Her most notable male athlete during this time was Mark Fletcher who over the course of two years improved his javelin throw to 230’4” setting the school record and qualifying him for the NCAA’s and the Olympic Trials.

Her most notable female athletes were Tara McLaughlin who won the Patriot League Indoor 400 (‘93) and 500 (’95) and Outdoor 800 (’93); as well as qualifying for the Indoor ECACs in the 500 (’95) and Outdoor ECACs in the 800 (’95). She held twelve school records between indoor and outdoor and still holds the 500 in 1:13.83.

Betsy Cunningham won the Patriot League Indoor 1000 (’96) and DMR (’96) and took 2nd in the mile (’96) to earn her “Patriot League Female Athlete of the Meet.” She qualified for the ’96 Indoor ECACs in the 500, 1000, and Mile but opted to run the 500 taking 4th to earn All-East honors. As a freshman in outdoor track, she won the 400 hurdles at the Patriot League Championships, qualified for ECACs and Jr. Nationals with a record setting time of 61.45. She held ten school records between indoor and outdoor and continues to hold the 400 hurdle record.

Other notable athletes where Deirdre McGrane who held the school records in the indoor 5000 in a time of 18:23.80 and outdoor 10,000 in a time of 37:48.54. Tamara Eischen who held the school records in the 20 Lb. Weight with a 50’ ¾” and Hammer with a 144’2”.

Then in 1992, she added to her title by becoming the Head Women’s Cross Country coach. Her cross country team placed third in both the 1994 and 1995 USATF National Cross Country Championship as well as finishing second at the 1995 Patriot League Cross Country Championships with the programs first ever individual champion Betsy Cunningham which earned her the “Patriot League Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year” award.

Starting in 1986, Grasso had several stints coaching at different high schools. Two years at Olympic High School in Bremerton, WA where she coached the throws. Then in 1988, she moved to Connecticut where she was an assistant Boy’s and Girl’s Cross Country Coach and Head Boy’s Track and Field Coach at Rockville High School before heading to Colgate University.

She began her coaching career as a senior at Eastern Washington serving as a recruiting assistant in 1983. She remained at her alma mater as an assistant women’s track and field coach for two years while working on her master’s degree in elementary physical education.

A collegiate athlete herself she began her collegiate career at Spokane Community College in cross country and mid-distance before transferring to Eastern Washington University. While at EWU, she continued in cross country and began training as a heptathlete in track. She held the heptathlon record at one time and was named the Mountain West Athletic Conference “Scholar-Athlete.”

Grasso graduated from Eastern Washington University with a BAEd and MAEd School of Human Learning and Development. She has the following certifications: USTFCCCA Strength and Conditioning, Level II Jumps, and Level II Throws. She resides in Skaneateles, N.Y. with her husband Joe. She has two adult children Dominic and Mia.

Marie Grasso - Men's Cross Country Coach (2024)


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