Juniors Juli Accurso (3000m) and Melissa Thompson (Meyo Mile) earned top-10 finishes against elite competition
Nick Pero is in his 16th year as the Ohio Track and Field Throws Coach and 20th year with the Bobcat Track and Field Program. During his time as a coach of the Bobcats, Pero has guided the throwers program to be one of the best in the Mid-American Conference. His athletes hold six Ohio University School Records in the throws, while many more of his athletes rest in Ohio's Top Five All-Time Lists. The Ohio Throwers have garnered five MAC Runner-up performances and three conference champions under Pero. He has had the privilege to coach nine different athletes to the NCAA Regional Championships over the years and two National Qualifiers.
In the 2008 outdoor and 2009 indoor track seasons, one of Pero's athletes, Ohio's Bahiyjaui Allen, qualified for the NCAA Championships. With a ranking of 16th in the country in the shot put in 2009, Allen's mark of 52 feet 10 inches is an Ohio University indoor school record. Allen later went on to claim the Mid-American Conference title in the shot put in the 2009 outdoor season. Her throw of 54 feet 4.75 inches was the 8th best throw in the nation and also surpassed her own school record.
In 2016, Emma Ryan captured the Mid-American Conference title in the javelin with a school record throw of 150 feet 10 inches. Emma went on to qualify and compete in the NCAA East Regional competition.
As a Bobcat student-athlete, Pero was one of the team's leading scorers in the shot put, discus, hammer and weight throws. He served as a team captain for the 2001 indoor and outdoor season. Pero credits his skills to long-time coach and mentor Jack Reichenbach.
Pero's athletic career began in Hartville, Ohio, where he attended Field High School and excelled in track and football. He graduated from Ohio University in 2002 with a degree in middle childhood education in the fields of math and science. Pero also earned his Master’s Degree from Ohio University in 2007 in Coaching Education. Nick spent five years as an eighth grade math teacher at Trimble Middle School until being hired full-time with the Track and Field Program. He has certifications with USATF and USA Weightlifting.
Nick and his wife Jenn have four wonderful children, Kyle, Alex, Luke and Rylee.