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Penn State Fayette to debut Cross Country teams in fall

6/18/2009 —
Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus will debut Men’s and Women’s Cross Country as intercollegiate sports this fall. Vince Capozzi, the campus’ athletic director, reports Matt Girod has been hired as the team’s head coach.

“The addition of cross country brings the total number of intercollegiate sports offered at Penn State Fayette to eight,” Capozzi says. Currently Penn State Fayette offers intercollegiate sports in Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Men’s Baseball and Women’s Softball, Women’s Volleyball, and Men’s Golf.

Uniontown native Matt Girod brings a great deal of experience to his new role with Penn State Fayette’s cross country program. For the past five years he has been an assistant track and field coach at Uniontown Area High School, working primarily with the middle- and long-distance runners. A graduate of Bethany College in West Virginia, Girod is also in his second year as the head coach of the Boy’s Swimming and Diving team at Uniontown, where he is employed as a Spanish teacher.

At Bethany, Girod played soccer and ran track. During his playing career, the soccer team captured two President’s Athletic Conference championships and qualified for the NCAA Division III national championship. In track, he participated in the 400m, 800m and 1,600m individual events, as well as the 1,600m and 3,200m relay teams.

Girod says he is thrilled to have the opportunity to launch Penn State Fayette’s cross country program.  “Running has always been an important aspect of my life.  I want to be able to provide a healthy, competitive and self-building environment for any student athlete who wishes to be a part of the team.”

Capozzi adds, “We are really excited to bring cross country to our campus. And we are just as excited to have Matt as our first coach. With his experience and knowledge, we truly believe that he will be able to grow this program and make it successful.”

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