Director of Track & Field: Arnie Minkoff
Coach Minkoff returns after a brief two-year retirement as the Director of Track & Field and Head Coach of Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field. He retired in 2011 after 17 seasons at Farmingdale State, coaching nine years in the 80's and returning in 2003 for eight seasons. He has coached five National Champions and 77 All-Americans in his career, from the ranks of Junior College, NCAA Division II and Division III. This past October, Coach Minkoff was inducted into the Farmingdale State College Athletics Hall of Fame.
Coach Minkoff began his career at Grover Cleveland High School in Ridgewood Queens (Dual meet record 125-40), where he coached for 12 seasons before becoming the Head Coach at Farmingdale Junior College from 1980-1989. The team obtained National recognition, placing 8th and 10th in the NJCAA Championships. His dual meet record was 44-7 with four National Champions, 57 All-Americans, five Eastern Junior College Team Champions, two New York State Junior College Team Champions and 15 Regional Junior College Team Champions. In 1983, the 4x800m Indoor Relay set a National Junior College record time of 7:39.47.
In 1989, Coach Minkoff moved to C.W. Post College as an Assistant and became Head Coach from 1991-1995. At C.W. Post, he coached 14 more NCAA Division II All-Americans and another National Champion. Six of Coach Minkoff's athletes have competed internationally for their respective countries. Coach Minkoff has also been a member of 10 United States Maccabiah Teams as an athlete, coach and overall team manager.
In 1995, Coach Minkoff became the Athletic Director of the Oyster Bay Schools. In 2002, he retired from that position and returned to Farmingdale State as the Head Coach of our Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track teams in 2003.
During his second stint at Farmingdale State, which became a Division III program in 1999-2000, Coach Minkoff established a Nationally Ranked Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field program with six All-Americans and one National Champion. From 2009-2011, his student-athletes broke seven men's school records and 11 women's school records in indoor and outdoor track. He also coached the men's cross country team to their first-ever Skyline Conference Championship title in 2009.
Head Coach: Daniela Georgieva
Coach Georgieva has been the head cross country coach at Farmingdale State since 2011. In June 2015, she was also promoted to Head Coach of Indoor and Outdoor Track.
Georgieva brings a wealth of experience to her coaching position. Most recently she was the head men's and women's cross country coach at Purchase College and the top assistant at Division II Dowling College. Prior to that, Georgieva enjoyed stints and Central Methodist University as well as the University of Missouri.
Coach Georgieva earned a Bachelor of Physical Education from the National Sport Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria in 1996. She attained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Central Methodist University, where she graduated in 2005.
Assistant Coach: Caryl Senn-Griffiths
Coach Senn has been a volunteer coach at Farmingdale State since 1986. She is a former USA and Olympic Track Coach of the USA Amputee Team where she coached for 15 years. International competitions she took part in include, Barcelona, Spain; the Atlanta Olympic Games; the World Championships in Berlin, Germany; the Pan American Games in Mexico City, Mexico; and the Paralympic Revival in Duderstadt, Germany.
As a track runner, she was a Two-Time All-American in the Heptathlon at Ithaca College. She is a former ECAC Champion and Record holder in the Heptathlon and Pentathlon while she attended Ithaca. She is a 14-Time Empire State Games Champion in the Heptathlon. She is a Master's World Record holder in the Pentathlon and 4x400 Relay, as well as a Master's American Record holder in the Heptathlon.
Coach Senn has been a Physical Therapist and Director of Sports Medicine at a facility in Massapequa for the past 16 years. She was recently inducted into the Massapequa / Berner High School Hall of Fame for career and athletic achievements.
Assistant Coach: Anthony Forti
Anthony, who is a USA Track & Field Level 1 Certified coach, joined the FSC coaching staff in the fall of 2013 and will be the Throws coach.
Coach Forti brings 18 years of experience to Farmingdale State and has held coaching positions for Half Hollow Hills School District, St. Anthony’s High School and Bay Shore School District. He has served as a District Weight Event Coach, or Boy’s and Girl’s Weight Event Coach at those schools. For the past two years, Anthony has been a private coach to high school and college athletes that desire one-on-one personalized instruction throughout the season and off-season.
During his career in indoor, he has coached one Girl’s County Champion, one Boy’s County Champion, eight All-County selections, four female athletes in Top-25 in State rankings, three Girl’s Qualifiers for the NY State meet, along with one All-State and All-Federation selection in Shot Put.
For outdoor, he has coached 13 All-County Selections, two County MVP’s, five Qualifiers for the NY State meet, three Girl’s All-State, two Boy’s All-State, six Girl’s County Champions and five Boy’s County Champions in the Shot Put and Discus. He also has had seven male and female athletes who have qualified for the national list in the Hammer and Weight Throw.
At Farmingdale State, Forti has coached six athletes to NJAC places in the indoor and outdoor championships, including two who were All-NJAC first team selections in the indoor weight throw, 1 All-NJAC second team selection in the hammer throw, 3 ECAC qualifiers, 1 top 100 NCAA ranked athlete in the indoor weight and hammer throw, as well as 1 Top-50 NCAA ranked athlete in the indoor weight in 2014-2015.
He received his Bachelor’s degree from Stony Brook and holds a Master’s of Education from Dowling College. He is currently a Chemistry teacher in Lindenhurst and resides in Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.
Assistant Coach: Alix Lamarre
Assistant Coach: Colin Norwood
Volunteer Assistant: Stan Georgiev