Webb Announces Promotions of Fazioli and Brickner
Courtesy: VMIKeydets.com
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LEXINGTON, Va. – VMI track and field coaches Jennifer Fazioli and Garrett Brickner have been promoted to new positions, effective immediately, according to information released by VMI Director of Track and Field/Cross Country Darrin Webb on Thursday, July 4. Fazioli will now be the head men’s and women’s cross country coach, while also maintaining the title of assistant track and field coach, while VMI alumnus Brickner will now serve as the associate head coach of the track and field programs.

“Both Jennifer and Garrett are very deserving of these new titles,” said Webb. “They have both worked very hard throughout their times here, and have brought a great deal to our program through their effort and dedication.”

Fazioli came to VMI in March of 2012, and will enter her second full season as a Keydet in 2013-14. During her first season on Post, Fazioli helped mentor two breakout freshmen distance runners, Sean Helmke and Kelsey Newcomb. Helmke was a key contributor during the cross country season, while Newcomb went on to break the school record in the 800-meters, both indoors and out, during the track campaigns.

Other Fazioli proteges who had breakout efforts in 2012-13 included sophomore Hartnel Paultre, who had a 50-second personal best in the 10K to score at the Big South outdoor meet, and his classmate Hannah Dickinson, who posted personal bests in five different events during the track seasons. Fazioli also worked with senior Jenna Moye, who broke the school’s 5K cross country record and went on to win the Big South title in the indoor mile, and helped redshirt junior Andrey Dmitriev to an NCAA Preliminary Round appearance (1,500-meters) and all-Big South honors in cross country. All told, Fazioli worked with athletes who set four school records last season.

Prior to coming to VMI, Fazioli’s most recent coaching stop was the University of Albany, where she served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for a team that swept the men’s IC4A titles in both 2008-09 and 2009-10. She graduated from Colorado in 2002.

Brickner recently completed his fifth season as a Keydet assistant, after returning to his alma mater in 2008. He worked this past season with sprinter Aron Long, who posted IC4A qualifying marks in both the 100 and 200-meter dashes, and also mentored true freshman Amanda Okani into setting new VMI records in the heptathlon and pentathlon. Perhaps Brickner’s top protégés, however, have been multi event specialist Antonio Wood and jumper Ademola Titcombe.

Wood broke Brickner's school record in the heptathlon during the 2011-12 indoor season, while also earning podium finishes at the IC4A Championships in both the heptathlon (indoor) and decathlon (outdoor). He also had multiple IC4A appearances and conference scoring efforts in the long jump and high jump. Titcombe led VMI to a third-place finish at the 2010 Big South Indoor Championships, posting 24 individual points that included a win in the long jump. In that event, the then-sophomore leapt 7.24 M (23'9") to post the longest indoor long jump in the Big South since 2005. Brickner has worked with athletes who have set six school records at the Institute.

Brickner is a 2006 graduate of VMI with a degree in psychology, and prior to returning to the Institute, spent a year as an assistant at Washington & Lee.