CBA Tabs Former Track Star, Mazzaccaro, as New AD
Christian Brothers Academy is replacing one accomplished alumnus with another in its opening for director of athletics.
After announcing the resignation of Vito Chiaravalloti, CBA has tabbed former track and cross country standout Mike Mazzaccaro as the new athletic director, effective Aug. 1.
“It is a privilege and honor to be named the Director of Athletics at CBA,” Mazzaccaro said. “As a student, teacher and coach at CBA, I have been blessed to work with the best administrators, teachers, coaches, and students. I look forward to working with all of the members of our community to further our Lasallian mission through athletics.”
Mazzaccaro will take over a athletics department that includes 18 interscholastic sports, more than 60 coaches, and upwards of 700 student-athletes per year.
“CBA is fortunate to have Michael Mazzaccaro as our new Director of Athletics,” President Brother Frank Byrne said. “Michael has distinguished himself both here and at Princeton University as an outstanding student-athlete. His experience as a teacher and a coach at CBA has given him the opportunity to truly connect with our students, and he will be an excellent addition to CBA's administrative team.”
For the past four years, Mazzaccaro has been an assistant cross country and track coach with the Colts, as well as a teacher of world history and Advanced Placement U.S. history at CBA.
Mazzaccaro is one of the most prolific runners in the storied history of CBA cross country and track and field. He was a two-time Non-Public A cross country state champion and set the CBA course record at Holmdel Park, which still stands today.
On the national stage, Mazzaccaro finished 15th overall at the 2010 Nike Cross Nationals to help his Colts finish fifth overall. He followed that up by anchoring the CBA distance medley squad that won the 2011 Championship of America at the Penn Relays.
“I learned some of life's greatest lessons from the teachers and coaches that have surrounded me at CBA,” Mazzaccaro said. “From teachers like Jeff Matson and Dave Duh who taught me that hard work can be enjoyable to Karl Torchia, Tom Heath, and Chris Bennett who promoted a team-first approach that guided my entire athletic career, I hope to honor all of them by putting their lessons to work as Director of Athletics.”
Mazzaccaro continued his career at Princeton University where he ran on both the cross country and track teams. During his senior year at Princeton, he was named an Academic All-American and All-Ivy League second team for outdoor track.
Since 2016, he has been part of a coaching staff that has overseen four straight Non-Public A state championships, three Meet of Champions titles, and four trips to the Nike Cross Nationals.
Mazzaccaro will follow Chiaravalloti, who led the Colts athletic program to NJSIAA/ShopRite Cups for best athletics program in all six years of his tenure.
“Mike is a dedicated educator who is totally committed to CBA, has demonstrated exceptional intelligence, and has an ability to quickly adapt to - and succeed in - a number of very different environments,” CBA principal Ross Fales said. “I am extremely happy to have Mike on our administrative team as we navigate this new reality that we find ourselves in and I have complete confidence that he will lead this storied athletic program to continued success.”