Matt LoPiccolo 302x397ZAP Fitness is excited to announce the addition of Coach Matt LoPiccolo to the coaching staff. LoPiccolo brings a wealth of experience in both the coaching and business roles he will be fulfilling at ZAP. LoPicccolo will serve as a coach for ZAP Fitness Coaching where he will have the opportunity to continue and expand his work with athletes of all ages and abilities. “To have the opportunity to contribute to such a well respected and established organization in this next phase of my coaching career gives me a great sense of purpose and value,” said LoPiccolo. He will also be working with camp and facility management with the ZAP Fitness Adult Running Vacations as well as the numerous retreat groups ZAP hosts throughout the year. If you’re coming to camp this summer you’ll have the opportunity to see Matt’s expertise in action as he leads group talks, runs, and spends time individually with campers.

LoPiccolo comes to ZAP after spending nearly 4 years as an assistant coach at Duke University where he worked with both the women’s cross country, middle distance runners, and men’s and women’s sprinters. During his time at Duke LoPiccolo founded and directed the Blue Devil Track Club where he worked with athletes at every level from youth track and field athletes to master’s distance runners. The past two years he has served as the camp director for the Duke Running Camp and Co-Director for the Duke Track and Field Camp where he has overseen the growth of the camps.

Prior to his time at Duke, LoPiccolo spent 13 years as the head track and field and cross country coach at State University of New York at Oneonta. LoPiccolo was solely responsible for reinstating the track and field program after nearly 30 years as a non-varsity sport. While at SUNY Oneonta LoPiccolo coached 36 All-Americans and 3 national champions. Beyond his coaching duties, LoPiccolo created the home cross country course and served as meet director for over nearly 30 events. LoPiccolo was named regional and conference coach of the year on multiple occasions and guided his team to dozens of academic honors.

LoPiccolo himself was an excellent athlete having been an All-American during his time at SUNY Plattsburgh and post-collegiately competing for the Syracuse Chargers track club where he excelled in middle distance running. After concluding his competitive career LoPiccolo served as the Team Director for the Chargers where he coached 3 athletes to US Championship berths, including his wife Amanda.

LoPiccolo comes to the Blowing Rock area with his wife Amanda, a chiropractor  and 5-time US Track and Field Championship qualifier, their two young sons, Eli and Owen and their two dogs, a golden retriever puppy and adult yellow labrador.