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Jackie Truncellito has been promoted to the position of Head Women's Track Coach at Loyola College. Truncellito, who ran cross country and track at Loyola College and graduated in 2005, served as an assistant coach with the program last season.
"Jackie Truncellito personifies what Loyola strives for," Loyola Director of Athletics Joe Boylan said. "As a student-athlete and assistant coach, she was equal parts excellent as a runner, a student and a person. When you think of the Jesuit ideals and commitments to learning, teaching and serving others, I believe that Jackie embodies these standards. Jackie is a tremendous track and field coach, and we are thrilled to have her on our staff."
A native of Exton, Pa., Truncellito ran four years of varsity cross country for Loyola, winning the conference championship individual title in 2002 and helping her team win the school's first ever MAAC title in 2003. She was also among the first women to compete in Loyola's Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field program added in 2004.
"It is a little bittersweet to take this job since (former Head Coach) Brett Harvey is moving on, but I am very excited to work with this team of young women," Truncellito said. "Working with them last year, I saw how amazing they are as people and how much potential they have as athletes. I am excited to be a part of the success here at Loyola. With having a new facility build and the support of the program that the administration gives, this is an exciting time. I would like to thank Joe Boylan and all of the administration for this opportunity."
A strong team bond, a strong sense of leadership and a strong faith, all cultivated throughout her collegiate running career, propelled her desire to work as a Jesuit Volunteer in Chuuk, Micronesia for two years after college. In addition to teaching Literature and Psychology, she also coached the Xavier High School Basketball and Track and Field teams.
In 2006, she was given the opportunity to assist in coaching the Chuuk State Track and Field team. The Athletics team successfully competed in the 2006 Micronesian Games held in Saipan, and brought home 20 of Chuuk State's 23 medals.
In 2007 she was asked to coach a Pohnpeian athlete who represented the Federated States of Micronesia in the World Youth Games held in the Czech Republic. Truncellito is also a candidate for a Masters in Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Care. She begins the Loyola graduate program in the fall.
She will also serve as an assistant cross country coach to Rick Woods.