Assistant Coach - Javelin
- Years at CLU3
- Alma MaterCal Lutheran
In 2016, Justin Puccinelli enters his third year as an assistant throws coach and the head javelin coach at CLU. Justin helps with all events and with recruiting. In his first year he took two javelin throwers to NCAA Division III Nationals, coaching Allie Hadley to second place as the national runner-up for the Regals and Bjorn McMillan to a 15th place finish for the Kingsmen. In his second year, he coached Allie Hadley to her 3rd consecutive conference championship and 3rd consecutive All-American honors, with a 4th place finish. Hadley also received USTFCCCA West Region Field Athlete of the Year in 2015 after breaking the school and conference records for the event. She currently sits 6th all-time in the event for Division III.
Additionally, Justin is in his third year working with the US Paralympic Team as he coaches Cody Jones, who is currently the North and South American record holder in the javelin throw as a T38 category Paralympian, and is ranked 2nd in the world.
In just two years as CLU's javelin coach, he has coached four athletes into the top 10 of the school record books.
Puccinelli graduated from Cal Lutheran in 2013 with a degree in biology and a minor in chemistry. He competed for the Kingsmen track and field team for three years after redshirting his freshman season due to injury. Puccinelli graduated ranked fourth on the CLU all-time list for javelin with a mark of 57.63m (2013), which was surpassed by McMillan in 2014.
In 2015, Puccinelli earned his Master's Degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University Irvine and plans to become an athletic director one day.