Ciocco leaves post as Alaska-Anchorage assistant for Brown ‘job opportunity’

Alaska-Anchorage announced Wednesday that assistant coach Josh Ciocco is leaving the Seawolves’ program after three seasons for “a job opportunity at Brown,” according to a UAA news release.

“This was a difficult decision for me because I put in a lot of work in at UAA and I know we are in the process of turning a corner,” said Ciocco in the release. “I really wanted to be a part of that. I have a lot of confidence in our current group and know that is it going to be a fun year.”

Ciocco departs Alaska after piloting UAA’s recruiting efforts since Matt Thomas was hired as head coach in 2013.

“Josh has been an important part of our staff over the last three years,” added Thomas. “His tireless work ethic and commitment to recruiting student-athletes to UAA has been exemplary. The opportunity to move on to this new endeavor at an Ivy League institution and near his family was important in the decision. I know he struggled with the timing but ultimately, this is part of the business in coaching. We wish him well and thank him for his contributions.”

“At the end of the day, I have an opportunity to work at an Ivy League school, with great coaches, and to be where I want to be geographically,” said Ciocco.