Daniella Georgieva, a former Olympic runner, is the new head men's and women's cross country coach at Purchase College, announced Athletic Director Ernie Palmieri.
Georgieva brings a wealth of experience to her coaching position. Most recently she was top assistant at DII Dowling College. Prior to that, she enjoyed stints at Farmingdale State and Central Methodist University as well as DI Missouri. The Bulgarian native has excelled at teaching the art of running, building on her own success as an Olympian. She holds her country's records in the indoor (51.74) and outdoor (50.25) 400 meter dash from performances in the 1995 World Championships. A 2000 Olympian in the event, Georgieva won bronze at the IAAF World Indoor in Barcelona, Spain. She is also a three-time European Cup Champion.
She earned her Bachelor of Sports from the National Sport Academy in Sofia, Burgaria in 1996. In 2001, Georgieva came to the United States and continued to train while obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree from Central Methodist University. She graduated in 2005. While at CMU, she was a five-time NAIA All-American.
Georgieva, who resides in Kings Park, NY, with her two sons and husband, is fluent in four languages including Bulgarian, German, Russian and English.