|Title:||Assistant Coach - Throws|
James Lemieux enters his third season as the throws coach for both the men’s and women’s track & field programs. He is also the head coach of the women's indoor and outdoor track and field team.
In his first two years at Worcester State, Coach Lemieux’s group has become one of the most competitive in the MASCAC and Division III New England. The 2012 campaign was highlighted by eight student-athletes who competed in various throwing events at both the Division III New England and the Division III ECAC Outdoor Championships.
Coach Lemieux helped coach a pair of female throwers to break the schools indoor and outdoor shot put records while he guided Alyssa Jasper to a finish of 15th at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships in the Javelin. During the outdoors, Jasper also added third in the Heptathlon at both the Division III New England’s and ECACs.
On the men’s side in 2012, Coach Lemieux helped coach Decathlete Jason Sliwoski who won two out of three throwing events at the DIII New England’s, the ECAC and Open New England Championships. Sliwoski went on to finish top five overall in all three decathlons, which was underscored him taking second at the ECAC's.
Prior to his arrival at Worcester State, Coach Lemieux spent eight seasons building up his reputation as one of the best throws coaches in Massachusetts at Lowell High as each one of his athletes has broken a relay record or an individual mark.
Individually, Coach Lemieux has coached back-to-back Division I champions in the girls discus (Katie Lanoune in 2007 and Julia Funaro in 2008) while Funaro was a runner-up at the All-State’s meet in 2008. He also helped guide All-State Division I champion Ryan Davila to finish sixth overall at the Nike Indoor Nationals for All-American status. During the season, Davila would caulk up a mark of 61-1.5 for the best mark in Massachusetts in 2010 as it was also the fifth best mark in state history. Davila was also a part of the shot put relay that broke the meet record at the McIntyre Elite Relays.
Coach Lemieux’s focus is on developing dynamic and explosive strength while working with Olympic lifts and plyo’s. He believes that the more agile and athletic you are, the farther you will throw.
Coach Lemieux graduated from UMass Lowell in 2002. Lemieux competed in the shot put, weight throw, hammer and discus as he was selected as a captain of the indoor and outdoor teams as a senior. His toss in the discus is still the fourth-best throw put up in program history.
Coach Lemieux continues to compete as a member of the Greater Boston Track Club. He currently holds a USATF Level 2 certification in the throws and he is a certified strength and conditioning coach.