EMORY, Va. – The Emory & Henry College Athletic Department is pleased to announce the hiring of Tom Antenucci as Head Cross Country Coach/Facility Operations Coordinator. He becomes the first full-time head coach in program history, and will also oversee the operations of the John Rutledge King Center and Gibson Fitness Center Weight Room.
Antenucci comes to Emory & Henry from Abingdon High School, where he has served as Head Track & Field and Co-Head Cross Country Coach since March of 2008. During his time with the Falcons, he has coached the boys to a combined seven-straight cross country and track & field district championships and has won the girls’ cross country district title three years in a row. Last fall, the Abingdon High School Boys’ Cross Country Team finished sixth at the Virginia High School League AA Championship, its best finish in 20 years.
“I am so glad that we have found a coach like Tom right here in our own backyard,” said Director of Athletics Myra Sims. “Tom has built a strong reputation in this region because of his good work with the Abingdon High School cross country and track & field programs. His approach helped to increase the roster size significantly, foster greater enthusiasm and dedication from his athletes, and led Abingdon to very successful four-year period.”
He has coached three national qualifiers, 13 all-state, 70-all region and over 120 all-district athletes in only four seasons. During this time, 10 school records have also been set.
Prior to joining the high school coaching ranks, Antenucci was the co-founder and coach of Team Blitz Running Club, a group based at The College of William & Mary. He was responsible for helping design workouts for the team which won the team competition at the Shamrock Marathon in three consecutive seasons. A decorated runner in his own right, Antenucci notched a fourth-place finish at the 2006 Shamrock Marathon, completing the course in 2:33.29.
“Our student-athletes were impressed with his overall success in the sport, his knowledge of local trails and interesting places to train, his organized approach to his craft, and the fact that he is an active runner himself,” added Sims. “He impressed me with his recruiting contacts in the region. As a native of Abingdon, I also have confidence that he will be here long-term to build our program into an ODAC contender.”
Antenucci graduated in 2007 from W&M with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history with a minor in kinesiology/exercise science, and also competed as a Division I-level athlete for the Tribe. He completed his Master of Arts in American History at East Tennessee State University in 2011. As an athlete at Abingdon High School, Antenucci was a five-time all-state runner and won the state championship in the 3200-meter run as a senior.
“I'm extremely excited for the opportunity to work with a program like Emory & Henry that has so much to offer,” noted Antenucci. “With the facilities and trails near campus, we should be able to bring in excellent recruits that can contribute immediately. I believe it will take very little time to make E&H a top contender in the ODAC conference so that they are competing for the title every year.”