Joe Pienta comes to New Rochelle after spending the last three seasons as an assistant coach with the Binghamton cross country program. He also assisted the distance runners on the track & field teams.
From 2006-07, Pienta was a volunteer assistant cross country and track coach at Columbia University. The women's team placed second in the Ivy League last season and sent their top runner to the NCAA Championships. The women were also sixth out of 36 teams at the NCAA Northeast Regional Meet while the men placed 10th out of 34 squads.
Also in 2007, Pienta was an assistant cross country and track coach at The School at Columbia. He worked with students ages 10-14 in the first year of the middle school's athletic program.
A 2004 graduate of the University at Albany, Pienta earned America East All-Conference honors in both cross country and track. He placed sixth at the conference's cross country championship in 2002 and eighth in 2003. In track, Pienta earned all-conference honors in the 5,000 at the 2002 America East Indoor Meet. In the classroom, Pienta was consistently named to the America East Commissioner's Honor Roll and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in history.