January 8, 2013



Providence, R.I.-Rhode Island College has named Nick Palazzo as an assistant men’s and women’s track & field coach. He will assist Head Coach Kevin Jackson with all phases of the program including recruiting, administering practices, and meet coaching.


“I am very excited to be coaching for my alma mater,” said Palazzo. “I look forward to adding to an already successful program.”




A native of Johnston, R.I., Palazzo was a standout on the men’s indoor and outdoor track & field teams at Rhode Island College from 2002-2006. He closed out his outdoor career as a senior in 2006 by placing third and earning All-ECAC honors in the hammer with a distance of 54.15 meters at the ECAC Championships. Palazzo earned All-ECAC honors in the hammer earlier in his career as a sophomore in 2004, while also picking up All-New England honors in the hammer during his freshman and sophomore seasons and earning N.E. Alliance honors in the hammer for four consecutive outdoor seasons.


Palazzo’s indoor track & field career was highlighted by a sixth-place performance at the 2003 N.E. Div. III Championships as he earned All-New England honors after posting a distance of 164’10.00” in the hammer. Palazzo also earned N.E. Alliance honors in the weight throw as a senior in 2006 and as a junior in 2005, while also earning N.E. Alliance honors in the hammer as a freshman in 2003.  


A 2002 graduate of Classical High School, Palazzo was a three-time All-American during his time with the Purple.


Palazzo earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Rhode Island College in 2007 and currently resides in North Providence.


Since his graduation he has worked in carpentry and has worked also worked as a track & field coach for four years, spending three seasons at Central Falls High School and one season at Hope High School. During that span, Palazzo coached four All-Americans, five State Champions and one state record holder in the field.