Mids to host seven-team meet in Wesley A. Brown Field House
Steven Sarigiannis begins his seventh year as an assistant coach at Navy in 2012-13, where his focus centers on the throwing and pole vault events.
During his tenure at Navy, Sarigiannis has had throwers qualify six times for the NCAA's East Regional, including three athletes in three different events in 2011 and two repeat qualifiers in 2012.
In 2012, Sarigiannis helped Alix Membreno place 29th at the NCAA's East Regional in the javelin after earning ECAC All-East honors and Lauren Allam qualified for the regional in the discus for the second straight year. During the 2011-12 season, Navy throwers also won one Patriot League individual title with four runner-up finishes at the indoor and outdoor championship meets.
During the 2011 outdoor track season the throws squad won three of four Patriot League throwing event titles by winning the shot put, discus, hammer and placing second in the javelin. Freshman Lauren Allam won the Patriot League title in the discus, smashing the conference record by seven feet and earning the rookie of the meet award. Junior Amanda Phelps was a double winner in the shot put and hammer throw, which earned her the Patriot League Field-Athlete of the Meet award. Both Amanda Phelps and Lauren Allam, along with freshman javelin thrower Alix Membreno qualified for the 2011 NCAA East Regional Championships.
In addition, his work with the pole vaulters has paid immediate dividends. Under his guidance, Jacqui Charnigo met an NCAA provisional mark, captured a pair of Patriot League titles and earned All-East recognition three times.
Sarigiannis came to the Academy in 2006 after serving as an assistant men's & women track and cross country coach at Robert Morris University from 2001-06. During his tenure with the Colonials, he was primarily responsible for coaching the throwers and distance runners while assisting with the cross country. He was also responsible for the fall training of the sprinters, jumpers and hurdlers, and spearheaded the recruitment of all track & field athletes. Sarigiannis' athletes broke over 100 school records with 23 NCAA qualifiers, 28 conference Champions, four of which hold conference records and 94 ECAC/IC4A qualifiers. In 2005 the Colonial lady throwing squad scored 74 points at the conference championship in just four throwing events to give their team two-thirds of its total team points.
In addition to his responsibilities with the track and cross country teams, Sarigiannis was the head strength coach from 2001-05, where he designed and oversaw the weight training programs for 12 varsity teams.
Prior to his time at Robert Morris, Sarigiannis worked as a graduate assistant with the men's track & field team at Ball State from 2000-01. While earning his master's degree in Health Science in July 2001, he coached and recruited the throwing events. In his short time with the cardinals he coached three MAC champions and in 2001, he coached Zach Riley to NCAA All-American honors in the hammer throw.
During his coaching career, Sarigiannis has guided three Olympic Trial qualifiers, three NCAA Division I All-Americans, 32 NCAA qualifiers, seven USATF national Qualifiers and two Senior Olympic qualifiers.
Sarigiannis also coaches post-collegiate shot putter Tyler Blatchley who has finished as high 7th at the USA National Championships.
The product of Cicero, N.Y., Sarigiannis was a four-year letter winner at UNC-Wilmington, where he majored in physical education and graduated in December 1999 with honors. He was a three-time All-East and Colonial Athletic Association champion in the discus throw, earning MVP honors during his senior year. Sarigiannis was part of the first three UNCW Colonial Athletic Conference championship teams including their first team title in school history where they defeated the 1996 indoor NCAA Champions George Mason University. The two-time academic all-league thrower also served as the school's student representative at the NCAA Leadership Conference in 1999.