Coaches

Michael Lo Sapio

Head Coach: Cross Country

2007-present

 

Michael Lo Sapio is in his 16th year of teaching at Salesianum School in Wilmington, DE. Originally from Morristown, NJ, Michael attended La Salle University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. While at La Salle, Michael double majored in Secondary Education and Religion with a minor in U.S. History. Michael is a member of Theta Alpha Kappa, the Religious Honors Society of America. Along with a rigorous course load, Michael also ran Cross Country, Indoor Track and Outdoor Track. He was a conference champion 3 times, IC4A 3rd place finisher and most notably 12th in the US in the 1,000 meters in 2004. Along with running, Michael was the graduate assistant to the facilities director for the athletic complex. Michael volunteered in the Big Brother/Big Sister program. Lastly, Michael has his Masters Degree in Theology from La Salle University.

As a teacher, Michael teaches God Christ Church, Christian Lifestyles, Morality and Social Justice, Catholic/Salesian Identity and Religions of the World. 

As a coach, Michael is a USATF Levil I certified coach.  Michael has coached 4 athletes to All-American status: The 2005 school and State record holding 4x800 meter relay team, and also the Nike Indoor Nationals 4th and 5th place finisher in the mile, and Penn Relays Mile Champion. 

 

Under his guidance, the cross country team has won 10 of the last 12 state championships.  The Indoor Track team won the 2012 State Championships.  The track team won the 2011, 2012, 2013 County Championships and the 2011 and 2012 State Championships.

 

Michael has been named the State Cross Country coach of the year 5 times and County coach of the year 4.  He was named the Indoor State coach of the year in 2012 and Outdoor Track county coach of the year in 2011 and 2012.

 


 Past Head Coaches
 
 
Ralph Heiss
Ralph coached at Salesianum for thirty years in outdoor track and field and eighteen years in cross country with several years of helping with the indoor program. In cross country, he had 12 county and 16 state team champions, 8 individual champs, 32 First Team All-Staters, and 7 county and 3 state Coach of the Year Awards. His dual meet record was 120-10 including 71 wins in a row. In outdoor5 track and field, his dual meet record was 119-52, with seven county and nine state team champions, numerous state individual champions and state records, and five county and three state Coach of the Year Awards. In 2001, the National Federation of High School Coaches Association named him the Boys Track and Field National Coach of the Year. He continues his involvement as the Salesianum Invitational Meet Director, as a member of the state track and field committee, and as an official at the Penn Relays and other area meets. 
 
Br. George
 
Fr. Joseph Beattie

REV. JOSEPH BEATTIE - Coaching Salesianum to 13 state cross-country championships in 15 years, Father Beattie had the most consistent run of success of any Delaware high school coach in any sport. His dual meet record was 182-10 in cross country and he coached 8 Individual Cross Country Champions.  When Fr. Beattie left in 1984, his Cross Country Sentinels had not lost to an in-state opponent in 8 years.  The streak continued after he moved to Florida and ultimately reached 15 years before their next loss was registered.  He coached Salesianum to four straight track championships, 1971-74, before stepping back to an assistant's role in 1983, coaching hurdles, distances and relays – technique events where coaching is crucial.  During the 17 years he coached both winter and spring track, the Sals had 51 individual (field and running events) and 11 relay state champions for spring track and 25 individual (field and running events) and 8 relay champions in Indoor Track.  Fr. Beattie started coaching in 1966 and by 1969 Salesianum began a run of cross-country dominance that prevailed over a decade and a half, interrupted just twice through 1983-84. With six state champions and 69 first, second or third team all-staters, the Sals comprised over one-fifth of the statewide All-State list. Yet, Salesianum could win without first-tier runners. Two title teams had no members on the seven-man All-State team. Three others only had one first-team All-Stater. In 1984, Father Beattie moved to Fort Myers, Florida, to help the Oblates establish a new school, Bishop Verot, where his teams won five district championships in eight years. He was inducted into the Bishop Verot Hall of Fame in 2008.  Father Beattie's advocacy secured many advances in both sports. Instrumental in creating the Brandywine Creek State Park course, he began Delaware's oldest cross-country festival in 1974, the Salesianum Invitational.  He was also one of the Founders of the New Castle County Cross County and Track Coaches Association (N5CTA).  In 1994, he was in the first class inducted into the Delaware Track and Field Hall of Fame.

Joseph Gioffre 
 
 
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