Every once in a while you notice a team that is suddenly competitive on a national level. It’s not like there had not be a great tradition at Garden City (NY) high school. Their teams, in most sports, could compete with the best in Nassau County (LI) or New York State.
But over the last several years the girls teams have been able to compete with the “best of them” nationally. One of the main reasons has been the guidance and passion provided by their young coach, Erica Fregosi.
Erica, only 12 years out of Massapequa (LI) high school (the one Jerry Seinfeld and the Baldwin brothers – Alec et al - had attended) has had great success over the last few years. While at Massapequa, she was an all-state pentathlete and was a 5 year letter winner in indoor and outdoor track and cross-country.
She continued on to Lehigh University where she lettered for three years and was a medalist in the Patriot League in the high jump. She graduated in 2002 with a B.A. in history and psychology and a minor in African Studies. She received her Masters in Education from Lehigh one year later.
She began working at the Garden City schools in 2003 and compiled an impressive resume since then. She has won 6 conference titles, 4 county titles and coached 2 state champions. Under her tutelage, all school records from the 55m to the 3200m, 1500m and mile walk, and the long jump, triple jump and all relays have been broken!
In 2010, her girls’ teams made the finals in the 4x400m and 4x800m at the Penn Relays. (It’s a major accomplishment to made one final; to make both is extraordinary). The 4x400 team were under 3:48, and the 4x800 finished fourth, the second American team. Their 9:06.49 time is still #2 in the US one month later.
Indoors, her teams won both the 4x400m (3:50.70 - #5 US indoors) and the Sprint Medley Relay (4:02.84 – final US leader) at the Nike Indoor Nationals.
Erica is off to an impressive start in her coaching career, one that most veteran coaches would envy.
Erica currently lives with her husband Eric in Rockville Centre, NY.
We are happy to be able to present Erica with this well-deserved award.