Jackie Sgambati is entering her sixth season as assistant coach for the Chanticleers. Previously, Sgambati was the head coach of the Elon University women's cross country team for eight seasons.
Sgambati led the Elon women's squad to a fourth-place finish out of the 11 teams in the Southern Conference during the 2006 campaign. For the second year in a row, an Elon runner earned Freshman of the Year accolades as Caitlin Beeler placed ninth at the league meet with a time of 17:59.47, setting a school record. Beeler became just the second Elon cross country runner to earn all-conference honors at the Division I level and the first Phoenix women's cross country runner to break 18:00.0.
In 2005, Sgambati's women's team placed fifth in the Southern Conference as Alana Black ran to an eighth-place finish at the league championship, earning all-conference accolades while setting a then-school record with a time of 18:40.18. Sgambati also guided Anna Mae Flynn to Southern Conference Freshman of the Year honors in 2005. Flynn placed 11th at the league meet with a time of 18:45.87. John Tumbleston, a two-time Academic All-American, also tied the school record on the men's side in 2005 with a time of 25:47.13. The men's team placed seventh at the conference championship.
An avid marathon runner herself, Sgambati served as former coach Bill Morningstar's assistant for the Elon cross country teams before taking over as head coach. She was also a marathon coach for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for three years.
A native of Mechanicville, N.Y., Sgambati graduated from Elon in 1998 and earned a bachelor of science degree in sports medicine with a concentration in exercise science while earning four varsity letters in cross country.
Sgambati earned her master's in nutrition from East Carolina in 2006. She married Joe Winslow in July of 2007.