Wow. Princeton took no time in making some news after Penn wooed its distance coach away.
Princeton Coach Fred Samara has announced the hiring of Jason Vigilante as the head men’s cross country coach and assistant track & field coach to replace Steve Dolan.
“We are extremely pleased to have Jason join our staff as head coach of cross country and assistant coach of track and field,” Samara said. “Jason has long been recognized as being one of the top coaches in the country. His expertise in distance and middle distance is tremendous, as evidenced by the results he has had in the last 10-12 years.”
“I’m so excited for this opportunity to coach at Princeton University!” Vigilante said. “There is no finer place to be a student-athlete and I cannot wait to get started coaching, recruiting and continuing the great tradition at Princeton. I would like to thank my family, and the former student-athletes, coaches and administrators with whom I have previously worked. Their dedication and support have helped make this amazing position possible. I’m also thankful for the confidence Coach Samara has shown in me, this is a tremendous opportunity to do what I truly enjoy and I’ve never been more enthusiastic!”
Vigilante — a New Jersey native — was the director of cross country and track & field for men and women at the University of Virginia from 2008-11.
Among his star pupils have been NCAA 800m champ Robby Andrews and Olympic 1,500m silver medalist Leo Manzano (while assisting at Texas). He also guided his UVa team to back-to-back Penn Relays Championships in the 4x800m relay.
This is a huge get for the League.