Guarascio's appointment to the job was made on an interim basis last summer and was made permanent recently by director of athletics Greg Burke. It has been approved by the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System, which includes Northwestern State.
"Joey's tireless energy and effort this past year made an impact that paid immediate dividends and will continue to do so moving forward," said Burke. "He is driven to be the best possible coach for our student-athletes each day so that they, in turn, can become the best possible competitor."
Guarascio arrived at NSU in August 2011 as a graduate assistant and made dynamic impact with baseball, softball, football, soccer and volleyball. He designed and implemented weightlifting, plyometric and speed programs and worked extensively with football. He began to serve an internship on the strength and conditioning staff at LSU when NSU's head strength position opened when three-year veteran Joe Long stepped away in May 2012.
In the summer of 2011, Guarascio was a strength and conditioning intern at Florida Atlantic, where he worked with football, men's basketball and women's basketball.
He was assistant wrestling coach from 2009-11 at Naples (Fla.) High School and coached three state meet qualifiers and a district champion. In the summer of 2010, he worked at Velocity Sports Performance in Naples, where he coached pro football players along with NCAA Division I competitors in football, baseball, soccer, volleyball and basketball. He is a Level 1 Sports Performance Coach for USA Weightlifting and is a certified strength and conditioning coach by the National Strength Coaches Association.
Guarascio was recommended by Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame member and NSU alumnus Coach Gayle Hatch, the head coach of the 2004 USA Olympic Men's Weightlifting Team, and LSU strength and conditioning coach Tommy Moffitt.
"The fact that Joey has ties to our highly-respected alumni and one of the very best in the business in Gayle Hatch certainly has been a plus for him and he will continue to benefit from Coach Hatch's guidance," said Burke.
Guarascio and his staff have been supervising summer workouts by NSU student-athletes, who are preparing for the start of preseason camp in football, soccer and volleyball next month.