Frank Gagliano, USTFCCCA Coaches Hall of Fame Class of 2003

Last updated: December 20, 2003

Frank Gagliano (affectionately known as “Gags”) was a collegiate and high school track & field coach for 39 years. Frank’s teams at Georgetown won 23 Big East conference championships and 13 IC4A titles in cross country and track.

Gagliano began his coaching career as a high school coach at Roselle Catholic from 1960-69 and produced New Jersey and Penn Relays champions and national records. He then served as assistant coach to Fred Dwyer at Manhattan College from 1969 to 1974 during which time the Jaspers won the NCAA Indoor Championships and dominated the IC4A in cross country.

From Manhattan, Gagliano moved on to accept a similar position at Rutgers where he and Head Coach Les Wallack built one of the top all-around track programs in the East. In the fall of 1983, Gagliano became head coach at Georgetown and remained there until 2001.

During his tenure as head coach of the Hoya track & field and cross country teams, Gagliano solidified Georgetown’s name on the short list of the nation’s best programs.

Gagliano’s tenure is teeming with accomplishments: 140 All America performers; three Olympians; seven individual national champions; 23 Big East championship teams; eight indoor IC4A team titles; two outdoor IC4A crowns; 58 individual IC4A champions; eight Penn Relay Championship of America titles, including a world-record-breaking distance medley relay team; and 46 school records. His outstanding individual athletes included Rich Kenah and Steve Holman. Gagliano earned two National Coach of the Year awards (1991 and 1999) and coached Team USA at the 1993 World University Games.

After retiring from collegiate coaching, Gagliano moved to Palo Alto where he coached Nike post-grad athletes and now does the same in Eugene, Oregon. In recognition of his outstanding contributions and integral place in the annals of Georgetown track & field, Gagliano is permanently inscribed in the Georgetown University Athletic Hall of Fame among the names of the greatest athletes in the history of the University.