Head Coach: Daniela Georgieva (1st Year)
Georgieva, a former Olympic runner, enters her first season as cross-country head coach at Purchase.
Georgieva brings a wealth of experience to her new coaching position. Most recently, she was a 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 previously held 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 400-meter dash, 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, Bulgaria in 1996. In 2001, Georgieva came to the United States and continued to train while obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree from CMU. She graduated in 2005. While at CMU, she was a five-time NAIA All-American.
Georgieva, who resides in Kings Park, NY, with her husband and son, is fluent in four languages, including Bulgarian, German, Russian and English.
Assistant Coach: Richard Clark (3rd Year)
Longtime teacher and coach Richard Clark joined the Panthers' coaching staff last fall. He brings 38 years of teaching experience in biology, science research and human physiology to the fold, not to mention 35 years of coaching men's and women's cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field.
As a runner himself, Clark understands what it is to be a state champion; he's coached three NY State champions in cross country. He's also had several top 10 finishers in the last four years as a coach.
He currently serves on the NYSPHSAA State committee for cross country.
Assistant Coach: Max Hendrickson
Assistant Coach: Phillip Gallo