Janica Quillia is coming back to the Southern Connecticut Conference, this time as a track and field coach.
The former East Haven High track and field standout, was announced as the new girls’ indoor track coach at Amity High on Thursday.
Quillia, a 2009 East Haven graduate, will take over coaching duties for Sean Mahon, who resigned after 19 years.
“I’m very very excited,” Quillia said. “I’m a younger female, only 23, so this is a great opportunity for me. I’m looking forward to coaching the girls and giving them everything I have to offer; I have big shoes to fill.”
Quillia,who specialized in the pole vault and holds the East Haven school record, attended Southern Connecticut State University, graduating this past May.
Quillia said she stayed involved with the sport, coaching at the middle school level. She said she never envisioned herself coaching ever, but when this opportunity came up, she didn’t hesitate.
“You can always learn more in track,” she said. “I also did relays, sprints, jumped a little, I’m well-rounded, but I’m going to meet a bunch of new coaches and learn a lot more.”
Quillia hasn’t met the team yet, but is excited to get going. She said her philosophy is centered on motivation and making sure the student-athletes grow into better people.
“I love being able to motivate people and be all they can be,” she said.