Sept. 23, 2014
"We are very pleased to welcome Julie Culley to our staff," Henner said. "Her experiences as an Olympic athlete and as a coach will greatly enhance the experience and performance of our track & field student-athletes. Julie will share her wealth of knowledge with our men and women athletes across all event areas."
A United States Olympian, Culley won the women's 5,000-meter run at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials to earn a trip to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London where she was a finalist in her event.
A middle distance specialist, Culley is no stranger to representing the United States as she was part of Team USA at the 2008 IAAF Indoor World Championships (3,000m), at the 2009 IAAF Outdoor Track & Field (5,000m) and again at the 2009 IAAF Cross Country World Championships (8,000m).
Culley returns to coaching after a four-year stint focusing primarily on her professional running career while also engaging in other endeavors such as incorporating and co-founding the 501(c)(3) non-profit, New Jersey New York Track Club, where she was responsible for all business operations and club finances through 2013. She has also founded and served as race director of the Run O' the Mill 5K in Clinton, N.J.
Culley's most recent coaching stop was at nearby American University from 2007 through 2010, where she served as an assistant cross country and track & field coach, assisting the head coach with program operations, travel, recruiting and daily practices.
Prior to American, Culley spent three years as the head women's track & field coach and the assistant cross country coach at Loyola University in Baltimore, Md. She directed all activities of the NCAA Division I track & field program including recruiting, travel planning, facility coordination and training plans for all track and cross country athletes. While at Loyola, Culley also worked in the compliance office, assisting the director to ensure teams abided by NCAA rules and regulations.
Culley was a track & field and cross country athlete at Rutgers University, earning All-America honors in cross country in 2002. A three-time MVP of the cross country team and a two-time MVP of the track & field team, Culley was awarded the Headley Singer Award, given annually to one outstanding female RU student-athlete. She was named the NJAIAW Woman of the Year in 2003 and was the recipient of the 2003 David A. "Sonny" Werblin Award, given to a national level accomplished RU athlete. She was the NCAA Woman of the Year for the State of New Jersey in 2003 and three times earned all-academic honors.
Culley graduated cum laude from Rutgers University in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in marketing and political science.
She continues to train and run professionally under the tutelage of coach Matt Centrowitz, a two-time Olympian and four-time United States champion. Culley currently resides in Arlington, Va., with her husband, Chris Farley.