MILWAUKEE – Allison Nicosia has been named head coach for the women's triathlon, track & field, and cross country programs at MSOE, director of athletics Brian Miller announced Monday.
Nicosia will build the Raiders' triathlon program from scratch when the sport starts competition for the 2018-19 school year. She comes to Milwaukee from Division II West Alabama after spending two and a half years as an assistant coach with the Tigers' triathlon, track & field, and cross country teams.
The South Carolina native will also head the women's track & field and cross country teams, with Larry Gardner remaining as head men's cross country and track & field coach.
"We are thrilled to welcome Allie to MSOE," Miller said. "She has quickly established herself within the triathlon community and we think she is the right person to get our program started and really hit the ground running.
"The arrival of Allie has also given us a tremendous opportunity to dedicate added coaching resources to our track & field and cross country programs. With her experiences as a coach and a former high-level student-athlete, we are excited about the prospects of her taking these programs and building on the foundation set by Coach Gardner."
Nicosia joined West Alabama in 2015 and oversaw the Tigers competing at the last three Collegiate Varsity Triathlon National Championships, taking sixth among 14 teams in 2017 and first among Division II varsity programs. She also served as the Division II representative to the first-ever College Triathlon Coaches Association (CTCA). The triathlon team produced one All-American, three all-region honorees, and four scholastic All-America awards in 2017, the first year the CTCA sponsored awards.
"I am excited for the opportunity to start another collegiate triathlon program and further develop the track & field and cross country programs," Nicosia said. "I appreciate Brian Miller and the MSOE athletics staff for giving me this opportunity. With their support and passion for MSOE athletics, I believe we can create a great environment for the student-athletes to grow and compete at a national level."
Nicosia was a three-time captain and four-year letterwinner as a pole vaulter on the track & field team at South Carolina. She graduated in 2012 with a degree in experimental psychology. She then earned her masters' degree in sports psychology and motor behavior from Tennessee in 2014.
Prior to UWA, Nicosia worked in sports psychology, mental conditioning, and as an academic mentor specialist in South Carolina, Tennessee and Florida, and was the sprint and long jump coach at Farragut Middle School in Knoxville, Tennessee.