Farmingdale, N.Y. - Athletic Director Mike Harrington has announced that Farmingdale State's long-time Men's and Women's Cross Country and Track Coach, Arnie Minkoff, will be retiring after 37 years of coaching. Coach Minkoff has coached 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.
At Farmingdale State, which has been a Division III program since 1999-00, Coach Minkoff has once again established a Nationally Ranked Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field program with six All-Americans and one National Champion since his return in 2003. In the past two seasons alone, his student-athletes have broken 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.
Coach Minkoff received his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Buffalo and his Master's from NYU. He also has his School Administration Certificate from NYU.