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HONOLULU, HI (August 4, 2015) – The Hawai'i Pacific Athletics Department is pleased to announce that Jacquelyn Sgambati has been hired as HPU's next men's and women's cross country head coach.

Sgambati brings an abundance of experience having coached on the Division I level for 16 years. Most recently she was an assistant cross country and track & field coach at Coastal Carolina. She spent six years as a volunteer assistant with the Chanticleers before being promoted. During her days in Conway, South Carolina she helped the track team to two Big South Conference Triple Crowns in addition to seven combined championships. On the cross country side, she sent two runners to the national championship meet in 2014.

No stranger to the Big South, Sgambati was the head men's and women's cross country coach at Elon for eight seasons. While leading the Phoenix she produced two Big South Freshman of the Year, an academic All-America along with several all-conference performers. Both the men's and women's teams attained All-Academic Team status every year.

The Mechanicville, New York native is a trailblazer. She started the Elon women's track & field program in 2000 as well as earning the distinction as the youngest Division I head coach in 1999.  

"Coach Sgambati brings with her a wealth of experience and leadership qualities that will serve our cross country student-athletes well.  Her experience and her success at developing balanced student-athletes made her the perfect fit for our program. We are excited to welcome her to the Sharks family and know that she will make an immediate impact with our teams, our university and our community," said Executive Director of Athletics Vince Baldemor.   

She ran four years of cross country at Elon and has competed in many other distance races. Sgambati is a veteran of 18 marathons, 17 half-marathons and three triathlons which includes qualifying for the Boston Marathon twice.

Away from the course, Sgambati taught Exercise Sport Science, Physical Education and Nutrition for seven years at Coastal Carolina.

"I am thrilled at the opportunity to serve as Head Cross Country Coach at HPU and look forward to collaborating with the supportive staff to build a long legacy of successful team and individual performances both on and off the course. I am very excited to become a part of the HPU 'Ohana," said Sgambati.
 
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