Andrew Torge is back for his third season with the Retrievers as part of the track and field coaching staff, where he serves as the multi, throws, and vertical jumps coach. Torge comes to UMBC after serving as an assistant track and field coach at St. Francis University (Pa.) from 2005-07.
Under Torgeís tutelage, Ashley Fauntleroy earned four gold medals as a Retriever and was named the Most Outstanding Field Performer at the 2008 America East Indoor and Outdoor Championships en route to qualifying for the NCAA Regional Championships. In 2008-09, Chrissy Robinson continued the UMBC throws tradition winning the womenís outdoor shot put. Additionally, Torgeís other field event athletes enjoyed similar successes as Dominic Devaud won the 2009 America East indoor crown in the heptathlon and Victor Gilreath swept both the indoor and outdoor menís high jump competitions.
During his two years with the Red Flash, Torge coached three NCAA Regional qualifiers, 11 indoor and outdoor IC4A/ECAC qualifiers, and four Northeast Conference individual champions, including the 2007 Northeast Conference Indoor Field Athlete of the Year.
A 2005 graduate of Penn State University, Torge earned his bachelorís degree in history after competing as a decathlete and heptathlete for the Nittany Lions for two years and qualifying for the IC4A championships. He earned his masterís degree in human resource management from St. Francis (Pa.) in 2007.
Torge is a USATF Level II certified coach and resides in Ellicott City, Md.