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Tony Tenisci
Position: Betty J. Costanza Head Women's Coach
Other Position: Throws Coach
Alma Mater: Washington State
Experience: 29 Years
Phone: 215-898-7666
Email: tenisci@upenn.edu
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Tony Tenisci enters his fourth season as the Betty J. Costanza Head Coach of Women’s Track and Field and his 30th year at the University of Pennsylvania in 2015-16. Tenisci, who also serves as the throws coach for the men's and women's programs, is the just the third head coach in women's program history.

Tenisci is known for being the creator of women’s hammer throwing in America. Through his efforts, this event was created and developed into one of the finest throwing events for women in track and field.

Tenisci has coached numerous standout athletes in the throwing events as well as in the horizontal jumps. That includes 2015 national champion Sam Mattis (discus) and 2003 national champion Brian Chaput (javelin). Many more of his student-athletes have gone on to compete at the USA Championships, Senior American National Championships and the Olympic Trials.    

Since 2000, in addition to a pair of national championships, Tenisci has coached Heptagonal champions in eight different events, including Kelsey Hay in the javelin and Mattis in the discus, who each set Heps records in their respective events as sophomores in 2014 and again as juniors in 2015. Mattis has earned two first-team All-America awards, while Hay became the first woman in school history to garner two outdoor All-America accolades.

Widely regarded as an outstanding technical coach in the throws and jumps, Tenisci has held extensive clinics throughout the country. He is also known as a specialist in the areas of weight training and conditioning, having designed various strength and training programs for other teams at Penn, as well as for professional athletic organizations. Tenisci isthe inventor and international patent holder on an exercise machine for muscle growth and dynamics. He has published numerous articles in both scientific and recreational publications in the United States and overseas. 

Tenisci began his coaching career at his alma mater, Washington State University, in 1978, where he served as a coach for the women’s track and field program and assisted with the men’s weight events.   

A 1974 graduate of Washington State, Tenisci was a four-time NCAA All-American in the hammer throw for the Cougars. He is a former Canadian national record holder in the hammer throw (221-3) and has participated in the British Commonwealth and Pan American Games. He also trained and studied in Germany, Russia and Australia.

Tenisci earned his master’s degree in physical education from Washington State after doing postgraduate work in physiology and biomechanics of exercise in athletics at the University of Moscow in Russia. He has also studied at the University of Gutenburg in Germany and the University of Hawaii.

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