SILVER BAY Ted Santaniello knows the importance of good coaching. I wasnt a gifted athlete, he said. I had success because of good coaching and hard work. I came to understand the importance of training to become better. Now the 2002 Ticonderoga High School graduate will get a chance to coach. He has been hired as an assistant track coach at his alma mater, SUNY-Plattsburgh. I was fortunate to have really great coaches, Brett Wilmott at Plattsburgh and Walt Thorne at Ticonderoga, Santaniello said. They helped me realize that coaching is an honorable job; a really important job. It gives you an opportunity to affect youth people in a positive way. A sprinter himself, Santaniello will work with Plattsburghs sprinters and hurdlers during the indoor and outdoor seasons. I wasnt the best sprinter, but I PRed (set a personal record) every year, the Silver Bay native said. I was very happy I showed progress throughout my career. I want my athletes to get that same personal satisfaction. At Ti High Santaniello became a Champlain Valley Athletic Conference and Section VII champion at 200 and 400 meters, leading the resurgence of the Sentinel track program. As a member of the SUNY-Plattsburgh team he was one of the top runners in the conference was was part of the State University of New York Athletic Conference championship 4x400-meter relay team as a junior. He has also captured four medals in the Empire State Games. Santaniello hopes working with college athletes will help his own running as he eyes another Empire State Games medal in 2008. I still want to compete and working with college athletes will keep me motivated, he said. Theyll push me. Santaniello was working as a personal trainer in the Glens Falls area when he was contacted by SUNY-Plattsburgh officials. Wilmott, who was Plattsburghs head coach, took the same position at the University of Vermont. John Lynch, who was an assistant, was promoted to the top job. Wilmott worked primarily with sprinters, while Lynch coaches distance runners. Coach Lynch wanted someone familiar with Bretts program to work with sprinters, Santaniello said. When he called I was excited. This is a great opportunity to grow and learn about coaching. I hope to keep all my athletes healthy, he added. I want to get the juniors and seniors ready for competition, while teaching the freshmen and sophomores what college track is all about.