FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – NAU swimming & diving assistant coach Jeana Fuccillo has accepted an offer to become an assistant coach at LSU. Fuccillo has been an assistant coach for the Lumberjacks for two seasons after serving as a volunteer assistant for one year and as a graduate assistant in academics at NAU for two years, having spent five years within the NAU athletics department.
"I'm excited for the opportunity but sad to leave," said Fuccillo. "Flagstaff is the first place I've ever Iived and rooted myself in the community and I've loved it here. I wasn't even sure if I wanted to coach at the beginning and (head coach) Andy Johns has been a great mentor and taught me everything I've ever known about the sport and I will be forever grateful to Andy and (diving coach) Nikki Huffman."
NAU posted two top-three finishes at the WAC Championships with Fuccillo as an assistant coach, including a second place finish in 2012. Four NAU swimmers were named CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major All-Americans last season as the swimmers won five individual titles while setting eight program records and totaling 11 NCAA 'B' standard times during the 2012 WAC Championships.
"The team this year is probably the best all around team we've seen in a while and they are only going to get better," added Fuccillo. "They are going to be amazing this year and I will really miss them."
In addition to her coaching duties with the Lumberjacks, Fuccillo gained coaching experience working with the Flagstaff Peaks Aquatic Club, organizing club meets and coaching all age groups among the 85 swimmers on the local club team. As an undergraduate she was a four-year letter winner at UCLA, helping the Bruins to a pair of second place finishes in the Pac-10 during her career. A native of St. Louis, Fuccillo was a three-time top-eight finisher at the Pac-10 Championships and served as team captain her senior season.
"We're sad to see Jeana leave but happy that she got this great opportunity," Johns sad. "She had a tremendous impact on our program and we wish her all the best at LSU."