Dave Cusano recently concluded his third season at the helm of the Wheaton men's and women's indoor and outdoor track & field programs. Cusano has coached 49 All-Americans and one NCAA National Champion combined between both programs.
On the women’s side, Cusano has led Wheaton to six national placements and four top-10 finishes in just three years including a fourth place team finish at the 2014 NCAA Indoor National Championships. Cusano has earned two New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Coach of the Year honors guiding the women's squad to a pair of back-to-back runner-up finishes at the conference championships during his first two seasons. The women's squad also finished second this past season at the NEWMAC Championships.
On the men's side, Cusano has coached five All-Americans and led the Lyons to a fourth place finish at the 2012 NEWMAC Championships, their highest placement since 2010. In total, Wheaton has posted 65 NEWMAC All-Conference performances between both programs under Cusano in just three years.
Cusano arrived at Wheaton following seven years as an assistant track & field coach at the University of Maine. During that span, Cusano coached 30 America East champions, 11 NCAA Regional qualifiers, two New England champions, and two Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) champions. In 2009, Cusano was named UMaine Coach of the Year while America East bestowed its ‘Coaching Staff of the Year’ award on the track & field staff from Orono.
Working in a dual role as a coach and an instructor in the Kinesiology and Physical Education Department in Orono, Cusano was responsible for creating a detailed yearly training and lifting program for sprints, hurdles, and jumps while also serving as recruiting coordinator and the director of the UMaine Summer Track Camp.
During his time at Maine, Cusano also worked as the strength and conditioning coach for the men’s and women’s basketball teams at Husson University and as an NFL Combine and professional athlete trainer. He has trained a total of 11 current or former NFL players.
Cusano earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in exercise physiology from Maine in 2004 and 2008, respectively. He was a four-year student-athlete in both track & field and football for the Black Bears, earning nine all-conference selections in track & field while helping the football team to a pair of Atlantic 10 conference championships (2001-02). An all-conference and All-New England selection as a defensive back in 2001 and 2002, Cusano is a three-time recipient of the Walt Abbott Defensive Player of the Year Award (2000-02) and was a finalist for both the UMaine Athlete of the Year (2003) and UMaine Spirit Achievement Award (2004).
Upon graduation, Cusano went on to spend one year as a member of the United States bobsleigh team (2004) and another playing professional football for the Dresden Monarchs in Germany (2005). In 2013, Cusano served as a guest speaker at the Connecticut High School Coaches Association (CHSCA) Convention discussing the triple jump among other track & field related topics.