NEWTON, Mass. – Mount Ida College is excited to announce that Alexandra Iaccarino will be joining the staff as the new head coach of the men's and women's cross country teams.
Iaccarino will perhaps be making the longest trip of any coach in school history to come to Mount Ida, leaving her position as a graphic designer in East Africa to continue her love of running and building running communities in Newton this fall.
Since the age of 18, Iaccarino has been an intensive international marathoner and triathlete, and she has been running long distance events competitively since an early age. She is a recent graduate of the University of Virginia and a member of the Cavalier field hockey team and marathon club where she, in a team of students, trained daily for marathons throughout the year. This training included all realms of physical and mental wellbeing- from nutrition and diet, to cross training, to long distance and speed work, to academic group study.
"I see the Mount Ida community as one that invests in a much more comprehensive understanding of student wellbeing. I am excited to create tangible and lasting relationships with Mount Ida's runners and will use my energy, enthusiasm, and passion to inspire the students on a daily basis," said Iaccarino, who will lead her teams into action on September 10th when they travel to Biddeford Maine for the UNE Invitational to open the 2016 season.
"I admire Mount Ida's commitment to community; like the academic realm in which students form a personal relationship with professors, I hope to create an environment in which coach and player work together to achieve both personal and team successes."
For the past year, Iaccarino has been working internationally in Rwanda at a design and health firm. While running marathons throughout the East Africa region, Iaccarino also jump started and managed a training team in Kigali, Rwanda with a diverse group of runners, ages 20 - 40, of all fitness levels. This experience heightened her interest in coaching and her appreciation of being part of a team.
"Throughout my professional and academic pursuits, I have been committed to running and relentlessly passionate to share the values of competition, teamwork, and devotion with running communities throughout the world. Moreover, I believe in the tangible relationship between mental and physical wellbeing. I believe in athletics' capacity to not only contribute to personal development but empower students to curate opportunities for success," said Iaccarino.
In addition to her extensive marathon running, Iaccarino has worked as a program director at Madison House nonprofit in Charlottesville, Va., coached Charlottesville Middle School field hockey, and taught yoga at Waka Fitness in Kigali, Rwanda.