Bob Luciano enters his third year as the throws coach for The University of Scranton men’s and women’s track and field teams in the 2020-2021 season. During his first season the Scranton throwers set 11 of the 12 indoor and outdoor school throwing records.
“My first two seasons at Scranton were a completely different experience for me. Starting up a throws program at a school that only has had a track program for 3 years meant laying all of the ground work to be successful in the future. My first season the men and women throwers combined to score 2 points at the Landmark Indoor Track and Field Championships. My second season the men and women throwers combined to score 31 points at the Landmark Indoor Track and Field Championships. It is rewarding to see that the hard work is paying off for the athletes. This season will be exciting as the Scranton throws program rises to the top of the Landmark Conference.”
Luciano spent 10 years coaching javelin throwers at Moravian, where he coached eight NCAA Division III national qualifiers.
Highlighting his tenure at Moravian was leading two Greyhounds to individual national championships in the javelin competition at the NCAA Division III national championship meet. Luciano coached Gary Zack to the 2011 national title before matching the feat with Mary Kate Duncan in 2017.
In addition to coaching two national champions, Luciano mentored numerous other Moravian javelin throwers to top-five finishes at the Division III Track and Field National Championships.
Luciano earned the 2012 USTFCCCA Mideast Assistant Male Coach of the Year for coaching three javelin throwers ranked in the top 20 in the Division III national rankings. In 2017, he coached three javelin throwers ranked in the top 10 in the country.
Prior to his time at Moravian, Luciano was the throws coach at Division I Lafayette in the mid-1990’s. During his four years with the Leopards, he coached six different athletes to set six of the eight outdoor school throwing records. Highlighting his tenue at Lafayette was coaching Harrison Bailey, who set the Patriot League record in the discus, won two Patriot League discus titles, and earned a second place finish at the prestigious Penn Relays.
Luciano has coached numerous post collegiate throwers. Most recently, he coached Andy Fahringer who earned a seventh place finish in the javelin at the 2017 U.S. National Championships.