Jeana Fuccillo enters her second year with LSU after serving as an assistant coach with the University of Northern Arizona for two seasons. Fuccillo provides LSU with added expertise in recruiting and works specifically with the breaststroke and individual medley swimmers.
Fuccillo played a key role in guiding junior Torrey Bussey to her third consecutive NCAA Championships. Bussey placed 21st in the 100 breaststroke (1:00.45), which marked her highest finish in the event at the national meet. At the SEC Championships, Bussey touched the wall in a lifetime best 100 breast of 1:00.30 in a 10th place finish, which also marked LSU’s second fastest all-time swim in the event.
At the conference championships, Bussey enjoyed a pair of top-16 swims in the 200 breast and the 200 individual medley, finishing 13th in the 200 breast with a season low 2:11.89 and 14th in the 200 IM (1:59.67) with a season low mark of 1:58.54 in the prelims.
Fuccillo also contributed to the early production from freshmen Gabe Rooker and Caley Oquist. Rooker competed on the 400 medley relay and the 800 freestyle relay at the NCAA Championships. Rooker raced the breast leg on LSU’s program record 400 medley relay (3:10.42) at the SEC Championships.
In individual competition, Rooker was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team after finishing as the highest ranked freshman in the 100 breast at the SEC Championships. Rooker posted a 12th place swim in a time of 53.85, which placed him fourth in the program’s record books. Also at the conference meet, Rooker notched the Tigers’ seventh best all-time 200 breast of 1:58.53 in prelims and finished the race in 15th with a time of 1:58.76.
Oquist led off LSU’s NCAA automatic qualifying 200 medley relay with a split of 24.86 at the SEC Championships and competed in her first NCAA Championships her freshman year. In individual competition at SEC’s, Oquist registered LSU’s fourth best all-time 100 backstroke mark of 54.31 in prelims and finished 23rd with a mark of 54.43.
At NAU, Fuccillo’s swimmers posted 14 NCAA ‘B’ cuts and broke 14 school records. In addition, 28 program all-time top-five swims were registered.
NAU posted two top-three finishes at the WAC Championships with Fuccillo as an assistant coach, including a second place finish in 2012. Four NAU swimmers were named CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major All-Americans during the 2011-12 season. The swimmers won five individual titles during the 2012 WAC Championships.
During her time in Flagstaff, Fuccillo also worked with developing the training schedule and dry land programs, organizing recruiting logistics and coordinating alumni relations.
Fuccillo was a four-year letterwinner at UCLA. She helped lead the Bruins to a pair of second-place finishes in the Pac-12 Conference during her career. She was a three-time top-eight finisher at the Pac-12 Championships and served as team captain her senior season.
Following her collegiate swimming career, Fuccillo worked in the UCLA athletic department. Fuccillo mentored student-athletes and helped them succeed in the class room.
Fuccillo worked as an academic graduate assistant in the NAU athletic department while pursuing her graduate studies in the college of education. As a graduate assistant, she helped the academic coordinators in eligibility and performance of student-athletes.
While in Flagstaff, Fuccillo gained coaching experience working with the Flagstaff Peaks Aquatic Club.
Prior to swimming at UCLA, Fuccillo was the Illinois High School Swimmer of the Year, a Junior National Champion, Olympic Trials qualifier (2000 and 2004), National Junior Team member and a US National Finalist.
Fuccillo, a native of St. Louis, Mo., was an Athletic Director’s Honor Roll selection at UCLA and earned her undergraduate degree in sociology in 2007. She completed her master’s degree in educational psychology and human relations at NAU in December 2009. Fuccillo is engaged to be married to Andrew Kempe in Sept. 2013.