August 4, 2011

Amy Gosztyla Joins Staff as Women’s Cross Country, Middle Distance and Distance Coach

New Bulldog Mentor Coached Six NCAA Championship Qualifiers at Harvard

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Amy Gosztyla, who spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach at Harvard, has joined the Yale staff as women's cross country, middle distance and distance coach. David Shoehalter, Yale's Mark T. Young '68 Director of Cross Country and Track and Field, made the announcement Thursday.

Gosztyla (pronounced goz stilla) worked primarily with the men's and women's middle distance and distance runners at Harvard. She and the rest of the Crimson teamed up with the Bulldogs this past June when the two teams traveled abroad for the traditional Yale-Harvard vs. Oxford-Cambridge meet.

"We're thrilled to have brought Amy in to lead our women's cross country and middle distance and distance runners," said Shoehalter. "I got the chance to see her 'in action' during the two weeks that we were in Ireland and the U.K. along with the Harvard team. There's no doubt in my mind that we found the best person for the job."   

During her time with the Crimson Gosztyla coached six NCAA Championship qualifiers, 13 NCAA Regional/First Round qualifiers, 97 ECAC/IC4A qualifiers and five Ivy League Heptagonal champions. Her runners set 10 school records, and under her guidance the women's cross country team finished as runners-up at the 2009 Ivy League Heptagonal championships.

Prior to joining the Harvard staff, Gosztyla was the assistant women's cross country and track and field coach at her alma mater, New Hampshire. In her one season as an assistant with the Wildcats, 2007-08, she helped develop the program's first women's cross country All-American in nearly 15 years. The UNH women's cross country team also won the ECAC University Championships. On the track, Gosztyla worked with the long sprinter and middle distance athletes. During the indoor and outdoor seasons, the Wildcats finished second in the America East Championships and were the New England Outdoor Championships runners-up. She coached the America East indoor 500-meter champion and 400-meter runner-up, as well as the school record-setting women's outdoor 4x400-meter relay team.

From 2005 to 2007 Gosztyla was the assistant men's and women's cross country and track and field coach at Stony Brook. She and head coach Andy Ronan were named America East Women's Cross Country Coaching Staff of the Year in 2005 and 2006, and the women's cross country team developed into an NCAA qualifier in 2007. Individually, Gosztyla helped coach four NCAA Regional qualifiers, 46 ECAC/IC4A qualifiers and three America East champions. Her runners set 20 school records, and the women's cross country team finished as conference runners-up twice.

Gosztyla was named America East Student-Athlete of the Year in 2002, and was honored by UNH that same year with the Jim Urqhart Award as the school's female student-athlete of the year. She was also named Most Outstanding Track Performer at the America East Outdoor Track and Field Championships and was the New England outdoor 1,500-meter champion that year. Gosztyla was a four-time America East all-conference selection in cross country, and earned All-Northeast Region accolades as a junior in 1999.  She was a six-time America East champion in indoor and outdoor track, and at one point held seven school records. She served as team captain from 1998 through 2002.

Gosztyla graduated magna cum laude from New Hampshire in May 2001 with a bachelor's degree in nutritional sciences. She earned her master's degree in exercise science summa cum laude from the same school in May 2004, earning the school's Basil Mott Leadership Award along the way.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity

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