Andrew Golato is in his second season on the Villanova coaching staff in 2014-15. He will once again be a volunteer assistant for both the men's cross country and the men's track & field programs.
During Golato's first year on the staff the Wildcats combined to produce 13 All-Americans between the cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field seasons. Villanova also captured its first-ever BIG EAST "triple crown" by winning the conference championship during all three seasons.
The year began on a high note during the cross country season, when the Wildcats won the team title at both the BIG EAST Championships and the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional. Each of the team's top six runners earned All-BIG EAST honors and Villanova had two All-Americans at the NCAA Championships.
At both the indoor and outdoor BIG EAST Championships the Wildcats set meet records for having the highest team score in the 35-year history of the conference meet. Villanova won seven events at the indoor BIG EAST meet and won six events outdoors. Three individuals qualified for the NCAA Championships indoors and all three earned first team All-America honors. Villanova also qualified its distance medley relay team for the national meet.
During the outdoor season the Wildcats had four student-athletes qualify for the NCAA Championships, which was the team's largest contingent in 12 years. Villanova had two first team All-Americans at the outdoor championship, with freshman Patrick Tiernan completing a year in which he was a cross country All-American and then a first team All-American in the 5000 meters both indoors and outdoors.
In addition to the Wildcats success in competition the track & field and cross country squads combined to have 34 student-athletes named to the BIG EAST All-Academic Team. Five of those honorees all received a spot on the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Team.
Golato was a Division III All-American at Haverford College and wrapped up his collegiate career by competing one season at Villanova. As a fifth-year senior in 2012-13, he ran in the 800 meters at both the indoor and outdoor BIG EAST Championships. Golato was also a part of the Wildcats 4x800 meter relay squad which came in fifth at the outdoor conference meet.
Before coming to Villanova, Golato was a four-time Centennial Conference champion in the relays for Haverford. As a junior he was part of a distance medley relay squad which set a school record during the season and then went on to earn All-America honors for a third place finish at the NCAA Championships. He was also a two-time conference runner-up in the 800 meters and qualified for the NCAA Championships in 2012. He was also a part of the Fords cross country team which won a national title in 2010. Off the field, Golato was a two-time Academic All-American, receiving the honor in both 2011 and 2012.
Golato received a B.S. from Haverford College in Physics and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Villanova. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Electrical/Mechanical Engineering.