|Title:||Assistant Coach - Throws|
James Lemieux enters his fourth 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 four years at Worcester State, Coach Lemieux's group has become one of the most competative in the MASCAC and Division III New England. In each of the last two seasons alone, 14 individuals have competed in various throwing events at both the Division III New England and ECAC Division III Championships.
Coach Lemieux has helped a pair of female throwers break the schools indoor and outdoor shot put records while Alyssa Jasper has represented the Lancers at back-to-back NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships. Jasper, who also eclipsed an eight-year school mark in the javelin, won titles in the event at the Division III New England's and ECAC's and she was a finalist at the Open New Englands. She also was the runner-up in the Division III New England Heptathlon this past year and third at the ECACs in 2012.
On the men’s side, Coach Lemieux helped multi-event specialist Jason Sliwoski break the previous school records in the indoor heptathlon and the decathlon. Sliwoski had the 29th-best point total in the NCAA Division III in the decathlon and he won the shot put en-route to third at the Division III Outdoor Championships. In 2012, Sliwoski won two out of three throwing events at the Division III New England's, the ECACs and the Open New England Championships which included a second-place score at the ECACs.
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 fifth-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.