Lou Fiorillo is a long time Corning educator and Cross Country and Track coach. For more information, click here:
Lou Fiorillo was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. His parents moved to Corning in 1960 where Lou attended Calvin U Smith Elementary, Painted Post Junior High School, and West High School, graduating in 1974.
While at West High, Lou lettered in both football and track. He also participated in a variety of other activities including the winter and spring plays, Key Club, Varsity W Club, and was a sports editor for the "West Wind" where he won a regional award for sports editorial.
Lou considered a major in journalism, before settling on Health and Physical Education at Lock Haven State College in Pennsylvania. While at Lock Haven, Lou was awarded 11 letters in cross country, indoor, and outdoor track and served as team captain for the last two years of those teams. He also covered athletics for the college newspaper, was a member of the student government and Dormitory Council.
Upon graduation from Lock Haven in 1979, Lou returned to Corning, and after substitute teaching for a year, was hired by the school district as a full time physical education teacher at Painted Post Middle School. It was also at this time when Lou met his wife, Ellen. The couple married in 1981. One year later, he was part of the first modern day consolidation in Corning when the school district closed Painted Post Middle School, as well as, Caton and Beaver Dams Elementary Schools. Lou was moved to Corning Free Academy Middle School where he spent the remainder of his teaching career before retiring in January of 2011. Lou continued to train and compete in local and national events including 11 marathons up until 2003, when injuries and a new passion for golf took over.
Lou coached a variety of varsity, JV, and middle school sports including swimming, volleyball, wrestling, lacrosse, and football. However, the majority of his coaching career involved cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field. Lou guided his teams to several league and sectional titles and culminated his career with a NYS Federation Team Championship his last year of coaching in 2008. For his efforts Lou was named The Star Gazette's Male Coach of the Year. Lou's athletes gathered numerous local, league, sectional, state, and national awards, including 12 state champions.
After retiring from coaching, Lou started his sports performance and personal training business, Fiorillo Fitness LLC. He received his CSCS(Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) certification from the National Strength and Conditioning Association in 2004. Today he trains some the top high school and collegiate athletes from our area and from SUNY, ACC, BIG 10, and Patriot Conferences. Lou also serves as the volunteer assistant coach for the Colgate University Women's Volleyball team with his daughter Kristin and son-in-law Ryan.
Lou is a member of the CPP Hall of Fame, along with his three children Kristin, Sara, and the late Jon. Besides his training business, Lou enjoys traveling with his wife Ellen. This includes wintering in Florida, visiting his daughter Sara who is an attorney in Boston, and Kristin and Son-in-law Ryan in Hamilton, NY. Kristin recently gave birth to Lou's first grandchild, Brody Michael.