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Two well known local names added to T&F staff

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Albany, N.Y. – University at Albany Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Roberto Vives announced today the hiring of Matthew Jones and Jennifer Fazioli as assistant track and field coaches.


Jones, a native of Clifton Park, N.Y., has been involved in track and field development in the Capital Region since 1977. He has coached in the Guilderland, Niskayuna, Greenwich, South Colonie and Shenendehowa school districts and has been the Director of Physical Education and Athletics at Shenendehowa High School since 1997. As a head coach, Jones was named the New York State Section II Cross Country Coach of the Year from 1994-98 and 2002 and 2003. He also earned the National Federation Coaches Association Boy’s Cross Country Northeast Section Coach of the Year in 2000.


Jones, who earned an associate’s degree in physical education from Hudson Valley Community College, a B.S. in physical education from SUNY-Cortland, a master’s in physical education and curriculum instruction from Castleton State and his School Administrator Supervisor degree from North Adams State College, has been a Level I Certified track and field coach since 1986. In that time, he has also served on the New York State Indoor Track and Field committee and has been an instructor at the Peak Junior Development Distance Training Camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, N.Y. He was inducted into the HVCC Hall of Fame in 1995.


Fazioli joins the Great Danes after spending 18 months as the assistant compliance coordinator at Oregon State University. In that position, Fazioli was responsible for several compliance duties, including rules education sessions for coaches and student-athletes, financial aid, academic and athletic eligibility issues, including medical hardship and extension waivers.


Fazioli was a collegiate athlete at the University of Colorado, where she was a member of the 2000 NCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country championship team, and earned Colorado’s scholar-athlete of the year award in 2001-02. She was a four-time member of the Big XII Conference all-academic team and was named to the school’s Dean’s List eight times. Fazioli earned her undergraduate degree in history from Colorado in 2002 and later graduated with honors with a master’s in labor studies and industrial relations from Penn State University in 2004. She became the youngest qualifier for the 2004 Olympic Marathon Trials.


A native of Averill Park, N.Y., Fazioli won the state’s Class B cross country championship in 1995 and 1996. She finished tenth at the ’95 Foot Locker national meet to high school All-America recognition.

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