Adam Colorito & Jennifer Rock Named Track/Cross Country Assistant Coaches
GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG track and cross country head coach Chad Pearson announced the hiring of Adam Colorito and Jennifer Rock as assistant coaches to the program Friday.
“I am happy to welcome Adam and Jen to the Spartan Family and UNCG cross country/track program,” Pearson said. “I am very excited about the direction of our program and so it was critical to bring in individuals that possess that same excitement. Both Adam and Jen come from great distance running backgrounds and their knowledge of the sport and ability to relate to both our current and future student-athletes at UNCG, will be very beneficial on a daily basis. I look forward to working with both.”
Colorito joins the Spartans after spending last year at former Southern Conference member Georgia Southern as an assistant coach. He was responsible for middle and long-distances events on the track as well as working with the cross country teams.
During his time in Statesboro, the Eagles notched their first-ever SoCon Indoor Champion claiming the 800-meter title in Winston-Salem. Additionally, Georgia Southern posted indoor school records in the 800-meter and mile distances while posting outdoor records in the 800-meter and 1,500-meter distances.
“I am very excited and humbled by the opportunity to join coach Pearson’s staff here at UNCG,” Colorito said. “Spartan cross country/track a long standing tradition of competing at the top of end of the Southern Conference, regional, and national levels and I look forward to making an impact with the team. The athletic administration's support for the program here is fantastic and I’d like to thank them for this opportunity to be part of the Spartan athletics department and UNCG community”.
Prior to Georgia Southern, Colorito coached at Milligan College assisting both the cross country and track programs. During his time there, the men’s and women’s teams won the AAC Outdoor Track Championship and the women’s program won the AAC Cross Country championship. Additionally, the women’s cross country program placed 19th in the NAIA National Championships.
Prior to Milligan, he spent a year as a volunteer assistant coach at East Tennessee State while working on his Master of Arts in Sports Physiology and Performance. ETSU won the men’s track Atlantic Sun Indoor Championship during that time and came in second in the Atlantic Sun Outdoor Championships.
Colorito graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2010 with a degree in exercise science. He was a four-year letterwinner at The Rock and was a member of the 2008 PSAC Indoor and Outdoor Track Championship teams. Additionally, he spent a semester studying abroad at the National Coaching and Training Center of Athletics Ireland at the University of Limerick.
Rock joins the Spartans after completing her undergraduate career at Wayne State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Nutrition and Food Science. She was a two-year letterwinner at Wayne State where she dominated the 10,000 and 5,000-meter races during her career. She became Wayne State’s first-ever women’s track All-America honoree in 2014 when she finished sixth overall in the National Championship.
"I am extremely grateful to Chad and the athletic department for this opportunity to be a part of the UNCG program,” Rock said. “I hope that sharing with the team my own love and dedication for running helps with guiding them to success."
Rock holds both the 10,000-meter and 5,000-meter outdoor school records at Wayne State. She won the GLIAC Outdoor Championship in the 5,000-meter in 2014 and the GLIAC Outdoor Championship in the 10,000-meter distance in 2013. She was a two-time All-GLIAC indoor selection in the 5,000-meter, where she also owns the school record. In cross country, she was named to the All-Region and All-GLIAC Team in 2011.
Prior to transferring to Wayne State, Rock spent two seasons at Loyola-Chicago. She helped Loyola win the Horizon League Team Championship in cross country in 2008 and was an All-Horizon League selection in 2009 in both cross country and track for the 10,000-meter distance.
Additionally, Rock spent the 2013-14 season as an assistant cross country coach at Detroit Country Day High School working with both the boys and girls teams. She ran interscholastically at Eisenhower High School where she is the school record-holder in the 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter distances.