By: Kenny Bybee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
HOUSTON – Rice University men’s track and field head coach Jon Warren announced on Monday the promotion of Drew Fucci to assistant coach.
“It’s difficult to overemphasize how excited I am about adding Drew Fucci as a full-time member of the Rice men’s track & field staff,” Rice men’s T&F head coach Jon Warren said. “In addition to being an NCAA champion and a world class athlete, he brings a couple of decades of track experience with him. I look forward to seeing him continue his great work with Scott Filip and the other multi event athletes and I’m extremely excited to see the impact he can have by adding him as an additional recruiter. I see more than just a great coach in Drew. As a former star athlete, a longtime coach, and as a dad, I see someone who can bring a wealth of knowledge and experience in and out of track that can have a tremendously positive impact on all the athletes on the Rice track team.”
A volunteer assistant the past couple of seasons, Fucci oversaw the men’s multi athletes, playing an integral role in the success of First Team All-American Scott Filip (decathlon). In addition to finishing seventh in the decathlon at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, Filip swept the indoor/outdoor heptathlon/decathlon Conference USA titles and was named the C-USA Male Field Athlete of the Year.
Fucci, a former world class decathlete, won the 1990 NCAA Decathlon title. He later worked with 2004 NCAA Decathlon champion Ryan Harlan and has coached Wesley Bray (2012 Olympic Trials qualifier) and Yvonne Trevino (2016 Rio Olympian).
A 1990 graduate of Southwest Texas State (now Texas State), Fucci qualified for the Olympic Trials in 1992 and 1996 and won the Spanish National Championship in Bracelona in 1991 and the Olympic Festival decathlon in 1995.
“I’m really excited to come on board full-time at Rice University for this coming season,” Fucci said. “I look forward to developing a multi-event presence in Conference USA. We currently have five returning decathletes and several heptathletes that I feel all have the potential to score in conference next year.”