David Kraszewski - who also serves as an assistant coach for the
Seahawk women's track and field team - enters his third season as
the head coach of men's and women's cross country at Salve Regina
Kraszewski made an immediate impact on the program after taking the helm in 2011, guiding the women’s cross country team to its first Commonwealth Coast Conference Championship. He was the CCC’s co-Coach of the Year in 2011. The women’s cross country team has won two invitational championships (Elms College Invitational, 2011; Pop Crowell Invitational, 2011) and six runners have earned all-conference honors during Kraszewski’s tenure.
Kraszewski came to Salve Regina from Xavier High School in Connecticut, where he was the head coach of the cross country, indoor and outdoor track teams. Kraszewski guided Xavier’s cross country team to a Class LL state championship and a State Open championship in 2009.
Prior to his arrival at Xavier, Kraszewski spent 10 years as the head boys and girls cross country coach at Portland (Conn.) High School. During that time, he also served as the head indoor track and field coach (2006-09) and assistant outdoor track and field coach (1999-2009). He coached Portland to four state cross country championships - including three in a row (2006-08) - and had a 52-meet unbeaten streak that spanned four years.
As a high school coach, Kraszewski coached 25 all-state runners and 73 all-conference runners over 12 years. He coached 11 students who went on to compete at the Division I level and 12 more at the Division II and III level. A two-time Shoreline Conference Coach of the Year, Kraszewski is a member of the Shoreline Conference Hall of Fame.
Kraszewski has previous collegiate coaching experience at the University of Hartford, where he served as an assistant indoor track and field coach during the 2003-04 academic year. He worked with the distance and middle-distance runners.
Currently a physical education and health teacher at Portland High School, Kraszewski holds a Level I Certification of Coaching from USA Track & Field (USATF) and is a Certified Athletic Coach in the state of Connecticut.
A four-year cross country runner at Eastern Connecticut State University, Kraszewski received a bachelor's degree in physical education in 1991 before returning to earn his master's degree in physical education in 1998.