Amy Gosztyla joined the Yale staff as women's cross country, middle distance and distance coach in the summer of 2011. During the 2012 cross country season, Gosztyla coached Yale to its first national ranking since 2005. The same year, the team also saw its best result at the NCAA Regionals in six years. During her tenure as cross country coach, Gosztyla has coached four athletes to NCAA All-Region honors and six to All-Ivy League honors. During the 2014 cross country season, Gosztyla coached Kira Garry ’15 to qualify for the NCAA DI National Championships—she was the first Yale athlete to do so since 2007. During her time with Yale track and field, Gosztyla has coached distance and middle distance athletes to 12 qualifying performances for the NCAA 1st Round, 18 All-East Individual Performances and 130 ECAC-qualifying performances. In addition, she has seen 55 athletes achieve top-10 Yale all-time performances. Under Gosztyla’s guidance during the 2014-15 track and field season, the Yale women’s distance medley relay squad won the Ivy League Indoor Championships, Garry claimed a school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and won the 5,000-meter run at the Indoor ECAC Championships, and Emily Waligurski ’17 earned All-Ivy Second Team Honors. Both the track and field and cross country teams have maintained USTFCCCA All-Academic status during the entirety of Gosztyla's tenure.
Gosztyla spent three years as an assistant at Harvard prior to coming to Yale. There, she worked primarily with the men's and women's middle distance and distance runners. 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.
last updated Sept. 16, 2015