Dave Cusano, who coached 54 All-American performances in his first three years at Colby College and four years at Wheaton College, is in his fourth year as head coach of the track and field programs in the 2018-19 academic year.
Cusano helped hurdler Sophie Stokes Cerkvenik to a national title in the 100-meter hurdles at the NCAA Division III Championships in 2018. He helped 16 Colby athletes make the NCAA meet in indoor and outdoor track in 2017.
Cusano has a Maine background after graduating from University of Maine and spending seven years as an assistant coach with the Black Bears' track programs.
Cusano spent a short time at Wheaton, but made a large impact. He coached two-time NCAA champion Ashante Little in the 400-meter run. Cusano led Wheaton's women's team to six national placements and four top-10 finishes at nationals, including a fourth at the 2014 indoor meet. He was a two-time New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Coach of the Year and had three runner-up performances by Wheaton's women's team at the NEWMAC Championships.
Cusano also had success with the Wheaton men's program. He coached five All-Americans and helped the Lyons to a fourth-place finish at the 2012 NEWMAC Championships, their best placement since 2010.
Between the two Wheaton programs, Cusano coached 74 NEWMAC all-conference performances.
Cusano was an assistant track and field coach at the University of Maine from 2005 to 2011. He earned his bachelor's degree in exercise physiology from Maine in 2004 and followed that with his master's degree in exercise physiology in 2008.
Cusano was the University of Maine Coach of the Year in 2009 and was part of the America East Coaching Staff of the Year in 2009. The recruiting coordinator during his time at Maine, Cusano coached 24 America East champions, 10 NCAA regional qualifiers, three New England champions, and two ECAC champs. The Black Bears had 84 all-conference selections and set 48 school records.
Cusano competed in sprints and hurdles for track and field and was on the football team at University of Maine. He was nine-time America East selection in track and field and a two-time all-league pick in football as a defensive back. He played professional football and set a single-season record for interceptions in 2005 for the Dresden Monarchs in Germany.