Stephen Picucci, who mentored 32 All-Americans in six seasons at Ferris State (Mich.), is now in his fifth season as the head cross country and track and field coach at Morehead State.
He was awarded athletics' Coach of the Year accolade for 2017-18.
In his first year, he guided the Morehead State men to a second place finish at the 2014 Ohio Valley Conference Cross Country Championship, the program's highest placing since 2006. They repeated that feat, finishing second, in 2017. The men also finished third in 2015.
In four seasons, the track program has established six school records, and he helped coach Desmond Bell to an appearance in the 2016 NCAA East Regionals. MSU athletes won five events during the 2017 outdoor track and field season.
In addition, he has grown the program's annual cross country summer camp from less than 20 the year prior to arriving to more than 100 participants.
The Division II Midwest Region Coach of the Year in 2012, Picucci directed the FSU programs to 11 top-25 and three top-10 national finishes.
Picucci served as his alma mater's interim head coach for one season before being elevated to full-time head coach in 2009-10. He began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant at Ferris State in 2007-08.
Under Picucci's tutelage, Ferris State garnered 114 All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) honors in track and field. He coached 18 All-Midwest Region athletes and helped guide three to regional titles in track and field. Three cross country athletes also won conference championships.
Picucci led the women's cross country program to five consecutive NCAA Championship appearances and men to two berths in the championship, the latter the program's first since 1985.
Picucci was the first four-year letterwinner in cross country and track and field at FSU since the program was re-instated in 1999-2000. He was a three-time team Most Valuable Runner. Picucci earned 11 GLIAC All-Academic awards in his career and was named all-conference in cross country in 2002. He was FSU's top finisher in 20 of 29 races.
On the track, Picucci recorded nine top-eight finishes as a senior in 2003.
He was named College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) First-Team Academic All-District in 2003 and also earned a Division II Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Team accolade in 2001.
The Brighton, Mich., native earned his bachelor's degree in automotive engineering technology from Ferris State in 2003. He is a member of the United States Cross Country and Track and Field Coaches Association.