Minkoff Returns as Head Track and Field Coach

Arnie Minkoff Headshot

- Track & Field program to see a familiar face in 2013-14 -

Farmingdale, N.Y. - Former head coach Arnie Minkoff returns to the Farmingdale State coaching staff, announced athletic director Mike Harrington on Wednesday, June 26. After a brief two-year retirement, Minkoff will return as the Director of Track & Field/Cross Country and Head Coach of Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field. Daniela Georgieva has been promoted to Head Coach Cross Country and Associate Head Coach of Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field.

Coach Minkoff 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.

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.