PHILADELPHIA - Following a storied coaching career and 30 years with the University of Pennsylvania, the Betty J. Costanza Head Coach of Women’s Track and Field, Tony Tenisci, has announced his retirement.
“I have been blessed and honored to have coached at Penn. It was my dream school in 1986 and has remained as such over all these years,” said Tenisci. “I have known so many wonderful people at Penn who supported me over all these years and especially all the outstanding athletes that I worked with. Penn is truly an amazing family and a coach couldn’t have wished for more. Thank you Penn and Penn Track and Field for a wonderful 30 years!”
Since his arrival in Philadelphia, Tenisci has coached numerous standout student-athletes for the Quakers including 2015 national champion Sam Mattis (discus). Many more of his athletes have gone on to compete at the USA Championships, Senior American National Championships, and the Olympic Trials.
“It is a real honor to coach alongside Tony Tenisci here at Penn,” said Steve Dolan, Penn’s Director of Track and Field. “His dedication and passion for the student-athletes and Penn Track & Field are extraordinary. Coach Tenisci has impacted so many lives in his outstanding coaching tenure. On behalf of countless athletes, I want to take this opportunity to thank Coach Tenisici for many years of commitment to helping others chase their potential and dreams.”
Grace Calhoun, Director of Athletics and Recreation echoed those sentiments. “We are incredibly appreciative of Tony Tenisci’s service to the Penn Track and Field team over the past 30 years. He has demonstrated incredible loyalty to the University of Pennsylvania and a clear passion for helping our student-athletes. We will be forever grateful for his contributions and wish him all the best in his retirement.”
In addition to his successes in the coaching realm, 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 began his coaching career at his alma mater, Washington State University, where he served as a coach for the women’s track and field program and assisted with the men’s weight events.During his time as a student at Washington State, Tenisci was a four-time NCAA All-American in the hammer throw and is a former Canadian national record holder in the discipline. He also participated in the British Commonwealth and Pan American Games.