October 14, 2016



Providence, R.I.-Rhode Island College has named Nick Palazzo ‘07 as the Head Men’s Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field Coach.


Palazzo takes over the helm of the RIC track and field program after spending the last four years as an assistant coach with the men’s and women’s track & field program where he worked primarily with the team’s throwers.


“I am very excited to be stepping up to the men's head coaching job,” Palazzo said. “Our coaching staff has worked together in years past to develop both the men's and women's programs. I am expecting a proficient transition this season and anticipate our teams growing and remaining one of the top programs in New England.”




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. He also earned 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 recording 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. 


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