|Title:||Head Throws Coach|
|College:||Keene State College|
Keene State College head throws coach John Napolitano is set to begin his fifth season as at the helm in the 2013-14 season. In his tenure, Napolitano has guided Owls to six All-America honors, including a fourth place finish at the NCAA Championships for Glenn Guilmette (Kensington, N.H.) with a new school record toss of 66.38 meters (217′-9”) in the javelin at Claremont Mudd Scripps in Claremont, California.
In 2010-11 at the outdoor track and field championships, the Owls had their most successful trip to the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Ohio Wesleyan University, bringing home a second place and a fifth place finish for a team total of 15 points, placing the Owls 18th in the country with just two throwers.
Bryan Kolacz 11’ (Exeter, N.H.) finished 2nd in the hammer throw with a toss of 63.85 meters (209’-5’’). Kolacz’s toss was the 5th farthest in NCAA Division III history. Kolacz completed his KSC career as a five time All-American, winning the honor three times outdoors in the hammer, including the 2009 National Championship, and twice indoors in the weight throw. Kolacz’s toss of 20.04 meters (65’-9’’) in the 35-lb weight at the Smith College Invitational last December was the 2nd farthest throw by a competitor in NCAA DIII history.
Two days after Kolacz earned his hammer honors at the outdoor championships, Glenn Guilmette 13’, earned his first All-American honor by placing fifth in the javelin with a toss of 62.78 meters (206’). Guilmette became the first men’s javelin thrower in school history to earn All-America honors in the event.
Also making a statement on the regional level, in the 2012 outdoor season, Keene State sent a school record 13 throwing competitors to New England Championships, more than doubling the previous record of five student-athletes.
The Owl throwers have also thrown well at the conference level, amassing 51 all-LEC performances and 16 conference champions in just four years at the Little East Conference championship meets under Napolitano’s direction.
Napolitano, a 2008 graduate of Keene State College and former All-Little East Conference performer in the hammer, discus and 35-lb weight, has been involved in Keene State throwing since 2004. As a student-athlete, Napolitano was named to the All-LEC Academic team six times, and graduated with a dual major in Communication Studies and Journalism.
Napolitano currently lives in Keene, N.H.