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Meet the Staff

Gina Procaccio • Head Coach

During her prolific career as an athlete and a coach, Gina Procaccio has achieved success at the highest levels. She is in her 17th year as head coach of the Villanova women’s cross country and track & field program in 2016-17 and previously spent a total of five seasons as a Wildcats assistant coach.

The list of accomplishments for Villanova during Procaccio’s tenure is staggering. Since taking over as head coach in the fall of 2000, she has guided the Wildcats to two national championships in cross country and a combined nine BIG EAST team titles. In addition, Procaccio has mentored nine individual national champions, 98 All-Americans and 148 individual BIG EAST champions while also leading Villanova to 10 Championship of America titles at the Penn Relays. Procaccio is a two-time National Coach of the Year and a nine-time BIG EAST Coach of the Year. She has also been the Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year six times, all in the last seven years. There have also been 29 school records set during Procaccio’s time as head coach.

Procaccio has built the Wildcats into a powerhouse that is in position to perennially rank among the nation’s elite programs. The past five academic years alone (2011-12 through 2015-16) have been particularly impressive, and during that span Villanova has produced individual national champions in both cross country (Sheila Reid won her second straight national title in 2011) and indoor track & field (Emily Lipari, Mile, 2014). Over the past five years, the Wildcats have also earned a combined 37 All-America honors and have won a total of 44 events at the various BIG EAST Championships meets. Villanova won the BIG EAST team title in cross country in 2011 for a fourth straight year and also swept both the indoor and outdoor conference team crowns in 2014 and 2015. The Wildcats have won nine Penn Relays titles since 2012, including setting an all-time collegiate record in the 4x800 meter relay in 2013 and sweeping the three distance relays (4x800, 4x1500, distance medley) in 2014.

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Anthony Williams • Associate Head Coach/Sprint Coordinator

Anthony Williams begins his 21st year at Villanova in 2014-15 and his 12th season as the associate head coach of both the men's and women's track & field programs. Williams coaches the Wildcats sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers. He is also the meet director at the Villanova home meets and is the director of the various camps and clinics that the Wildcats hold throughout the year.

During his time at Villanova, Williams has coached a total of 38 All-Americans and 81 BIG EAST champions, while the Wildcats have consistently rewritten the school record book in nearly every sprint and hurdle event.

Williams' accomplishments during his time at Villanova have helped elevate the program back to national prominence. Some of the Wildcats top accomplishments came during the 2013-14 academic year, when both the men's and women's teams captured BIG EAST titles during both the indoor and outdoor track & field seasons. Villanova earned a total of four BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year honors for winning those league titles and the two teams combined to produce 21 All-Americans between the indoor and outdoor seasons.

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Ali Smith • Assistant Coach

Ali Smith is in her second year as the Director of Operations for the men's and women's track & field teams in 2014-15. In her role she is involved in all day-to-day aspects of both the cross country and track & field programs. Smith was a two-time All-American and a BIG EAST champion for the Wildcats prior to joining the team's coaching staff.

During the 2013-14 academic year, Smith was a part of a staff which guided Villanova to incredible heights in the first year of the new-look BIG EAST Conference. The women's track & field team won conference titles both indoors and outdoors, while the men's track & field team captured a conference "Triple Crown" by winning championships in cross country as well as indoor and outdoor track & field.

From an individual standpoint the men's and women's cross country teams combined to produce three All-Americans, 11 All-Mid Atlantic Region performers and eight All-BIG EAST honorees. Villanova won both the men's and women's team titles at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional and both teams advanced to the NCAA Championships.

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Talen Singer • Assistant Coach/Jumps

Talen Singer begins his ninth season as an assistant coach at Villanova in 2014-15. He works with the pole vault group and the high jumpers for both the men's and women's teams.

Since joining the Wildcats coaching staff, Singer has guided his athletes to a total of 26 All-BIG EAST honors while mentoring six individual BIG EAST champions. He has seen the school record in the women's pole vault be broken by six different athletes in the last five years alone, and overall has coached nine of the top 10 women's pole vaulters in school history.

Singer has also coached two of the top three women's high jumpers in school history in addition to working with several of the Villanova program's top athletes in the long jump and the triple jump.

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Monique Morgan • Volunteer Assistant Coach

Monique Morgan is in her first season as a member of the Villanova coaching staff in 2014-15. In her role as a volunteer assistant coach, Morgan will primarily assist associate head coach Anthony Williams in working with the Wildcats sprinters and hurdlers. Morgan is a former two-time All-American for Villanova who has gone on to achieve a great deal of success in the international ranks.

During the summer of 2014, Morgan won the Jamaican national title in the 100 meter hurdles. She had the fastest overall time in the preliminary heats and then posted a winning time of 12.96 in the final. The victory secured a spot for Morgan on the Jamaican team which represented the country at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. She previously won a gold medal for Jamaica in the 100 meter hurdles at the XXIV Central American and Caribbean Senior track & field championships in July 2013.

Morgan competed for the Wildcats during her own undergraduate career and was a two-time All-American in the hurdles. She registered an eighth place finish in the 100 meter hurdles outdoors in 2006 and followed that up by coming in eighth in the 60 meter hurdles indoors in 2007. Morgan also advanced as far as the national semifinals in the 100 meter hurdles on two other occasions. She was the BIG EAST champion in the 100 meter hurdles in 2007 and won the 60 meter hurdles at the conference meet in both 2005 and 2007.

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