Brooklyn, NY---ASA College Associate Athletic Director, Steve Bernath, announced the hiring of Maritza Osorio as the third ever women's track and field coach at the school. Osorio takes the helm after a very successful high school coaching career in New York City including stints at Truman and JFK in the Bronx.
"We are certainly pleased to have been able to find a coach of Coach Osorio's caliber and experience. She has won everywhere she has been and has been able to develop a large number of successful student-athletes," Bernath commented right after the appointment.
Prior to ASA, Osorio built an 18-year coaching resume in the New York City Public School Athletic League (PSAL). During that time, Osorio was at the helm of teams and individuals that won eight cross country titles, eleven indoor titles, twelve outdoor titles, a couple of 3rd Place City Championship finishes, five state titles, and two national titles. She was also a member of a coaching staff at the New York State Championships.
"I want to thank the ASA administration for the opportunity to lead a program that has a solid foundation to build on to achieve national success," Coach Osorio commented upon her hiring. "I will instill my belief that strength and being motivation does not come from physical capacity, but more so from will, dedication, and love for the sport in the program - that will get you to the finish line."
During her career, Osorio has helped a number of athletes compete at the next level including Dominique Blake who was part of the Jamaican 4x400 relay team that won the Bronze Medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
In 2013 Coach Osorio was honored by the UFT Coaching Association for her longevity, dedication, and contributions to track and field.
An accomplished athlete herself, Osorio competed in the 100H, 400H, and the heptathlon. She was named one of the top fifty runners in Puerto Rico.
A physical education teacher since 1998, Osorio currently teaches at the Tech Internation Charter School in the Bronx, NY. She received her Master's Degree in Education from Mercy College after earning her B.S. in Physical Education from the City College of New York.