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Tony Tenisci
Position: Betty J. Costanza Head Women's Coach - Throws
Other Position: Throws Coach
Alma Mater: Washington State
Experience: 27 Years
Phone: 215-898-7666
Email: tenisci@upenn.edu
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Tony Tenisci enters his second season as the Betty J. Costanza Head Coach of Women’s Track and Field and his 28th year at the University of Pennsylvania in 2013-14. Tenisci, who also serves as the throws coach for the men's and women's programs, is the just the third head coach in 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. Many of these student-athletes have gone on to compete at the Senior American National Championships and the Olympic Trials.   

In his first season at the helm of the women's program, four Quakers qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships including three in the javelin. In addition, sophomore Heather Bong became the fastest woman in Penn history when she broke the school record in the 100 meters.

In the past decade, Tenisci has coached four individuals in six different events to seven Heptagonal championships — Julie Siebert-Johnson in the javelin in 2000 and 2003 (she also won the 2003 ECAC title in that event), Catrina Chisholm (hammer) and Charity Payne (shot put) in 2004, and then Payne once again in 2005 when she captured the indoor shot put crown. Shani Boston won the league championship in the pentathlon and heptathlon in 2007.

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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