With the program working so well in the winter, the Gloucester track program is going with a co-ed track program again this spring, but taking it one step further.
Jeff Destino, who will be entering his fourth season coaching the Gloucester boys track program, takes the reigns as head coach of the entire program this spring. He split duties with Liz Moran in the winter.
The setup is very similar to the way it was in the indoor season this winter. Destino is the head coach and will be working with the sprinters, Packy Fusco will be working with the throwers, Joe Brancaleone and Cary Lipovsky handle the distance runners and volunteer assistant David Brooks will help out with the hurdles and high jump.
The system was very well received in the winter by coaches and players.
“We aren’t re-inventing the wheel here,” Destino said. “A lot of programs have the same system we do. It works well for both the kids and the coaches. As coaches, we can work more closely with the kids in their individual events and that extra attention can only help their performance.”
When it comes to the success of the co-ed system, the proof is in the pudding as the Fishermen showed lots of improvements this winter. The Gloucester boys were 4-3 in conference play this winter but finished second at the Northeastern Conference Meet and sent several kids to the State Meet, including two to the All State Meet in Jacob Holscher and Matt Carpenter.
The girls were also competitive at 3-3 sending an increased number of participants to the Division 2 State Meet in February.
The program received more good news when tryouts opened up two weeks ago as more than 80 kids are participating this season, which nearly solves a big time numbers issue that has plagued the program over the last handful of seasons.