Angela Tecco-Reckart enters her third year as an assistant distance coach at the University of North Carolina. Prior to Carolina, she was an assistant to Coach Mark VanAlstyne at North Florida.
Reckart assisted in coaching the women’s cross country team to their first ACC Championship in 10 years. Both teams for the NCAA Cross Country Championship, a feat that had never been accomplished by Carolina before. The men ultimately placed 12th, their highest finish at the Championship since 1985 while the women finished 22nd. With Reckart’s coaching the men were able to go to two consecutive championships, which hadn’t been done for nearly 40 years in North Carolina history. Under Reckart’s coaching assistance the teams had eight All-ACC Honorees (Annie LeHardy, Lianne Farber, Karley Rempel, Caroline Alcorta, Lizzy Whelan, Ryan Walling, John Raneri, and Pat Schellberg) and eight All-Region Honorees (Annie LeHardy, Lianne Farber, Karley Rempel, Ryan Walling, John Raneri, Stephen Mulherin, Pat Schellberg, and Scott Morgan).
The 2013-14 seasons for Carolina distance saw the men’s team place 17th at the NCAA XC Championships, Annie LeHardy earn All-America honors with a 25th-place finish at the NCAA XC Championships, a sweep of the indoor 3,000 at the ACC Indoor Championships from Annie LeHardy and Isaac Presson, two ACC Performers of the Week from Lizzy Whelan and Isaac Presson, 11 All-Academic nominations between cross country and track and field, six USTFCCCA All-Academic individuals, six NCAA First Round Qualifiers, three individuals along with the women’s DMR team compete at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships, and the entire cross country and track and field men’s program as a whole rank 13th in the nation.
Reckart is a 2008 graduate of The College of New Jersey, earning a bachelor’s degree in exercise science. She was a member of TCNJ’s track and field team, earning All-America honors seven times in her collegiate career. She earned the national honors competing in the 800 meters and as a member of the 4x400 relay, a relay she helped win the national championship in twice in her career.
In 2007 Reckart got her start in coaching under head coach Eric Mobley at TCNJ where she worked primarily with the middle distance runners in both the men’s and women’s track programs. During her year coaching at TCNJ, she helped five student-athletes earn All-America status in the 800 meter and 4x400 meter relay at the 2008 outdoor national championships.
Reckart moved her coaching career to the University of North Florida in 2008 where she served as a graduate assistant and volunteer coach under then-UNF head track and field coach Mark VanAlstyne. Reckart worked with both the Osprey men’s and women’s cross country and track and field teams. She also assisted in meet management for hosting the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship as well as preparations for the NCAA preliminary round hosted by North Florida in 2012.
Reckart has attained a multitude of certifications while coaching, including becoming a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as well as a Level I Certified Instructor by the USATF Coaching Association.
In 2010 she married Jeremiah Reckart who works for sports nutrition and training company Powerbar.
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