Three ECAC championships, five All-Americans, 17 Division III national qualifiers and 126 ECAC qualifiers – those are just some of the accomplishments of Jason Falvo in his 13 years as the head coach for men and women’s track & field at Waynesburg University.
However, Falvo’s career at Waynesburg University has ended after he resigned earlier this semester from his coaching positon.
Outside of the individual achievements Falvo has guided athletes towards, he also managed to put together PAC title teams in 2013, 2016 and 2017. Additionally, prior to this year, Falvo spent 16 years with the football program’s coaching staff.
Falvo said his resignation was simply a matter of moving on to what is next in life.
“It’s just time to go,” Falvo said. “There are times to just make a clean break and move on to the next chapter in your life, and I’m excited to do that, and I’m looking forward to the next chapter.”
For Falvo, in his nearly two-decade career at Waynesburg University, it wasn’t the six Coach of the Year awards or the team that qualified for the ECAC Championships that meant the most – it was the relationships he’s made during that span.
“There’s a handful of kids that you click with and you have a special bond that could never be broken,” Falvo said. “Fortunately enough, the student athletes at Waynesburg are special kids, and I’ve been fortunate to have had enough of those – that list is long and it is a good thing.”
With each relationship Falvo made with an athlete, regardless of the sport, Falvo said he takes it seriously and personally.
“Each individual athlete you get to coach, that I’ve gotten to coach – regardless of the sport – they are very unique and they are very special to me,” Falvo said. “I would take each one of them individually and very particularly to that relationship…you just have to hope you make that bond.”
Larry Marshall, director of Athletics, said Falvo’s finesse in finding success in a program that doesn’t even have its own track to run on is telling of his coaching ability.
“The last two years to make it to nationals…was truly great [with] not [having] a track – to have to use a high school track when they let us on it and have to go to WVU to practice for indoor,” Marshall said. “There is no place around here that has an indoor track, so it makes it tough.”
Moving past Waynesburg University, Falvo said he hopes to continue coaching in the future, whether it be football or track & field. However, Falvo said he is allowing his faith to determine he will be where the Lord wants him to be.
“To be truly transparent – my focus is to just be with what the Lord has for me and where he is guiding me,” Falvo said. “What that looks like in the future, I don’t know. I wouldn’t rule anything out, but we’ll see what the Lord has to offer.”