The Hoyas won six events and broke one facility record
Jonathan Green earned the second cross country All-America honor of his career
Green becomes the first Hoya to win the Mid-Atlantic region title since Ayalew Taye in 2010
2016 Penn Relays - Saturday, April 30 Franklin Field | Philadelphia, Pa.
Culley and the track & field / cross country staff were recognized for their efforts following the 2016-17 season as Georgetown ranked No. 6 in the final USTFCCCA Men’s Program of the Year standings. With Culley in the director role, the Hoyas finished 21st at the NCAA Men’s Cross Country Championships, tied for 16th at the NCAA Men’s Indoor Championships and placed 12th at the NCAA Men’s Outdoor Championships.
Across all three seasons on the men’s and women’s side, the 2016-17 season saw the Hoyas tally 12 All-America honors in eight different events from seven student-athletes. The men’s team saw four top-three finishes (3 individual, 1 relay) between the indoor and outdoor NCAA championships. Georgetown won the BIG EAST Men’s Cross Country Championship and registered six BIG EAST event titles (3 individual, 3 relay) over the course of the year.
In her first season as director, Georgetown made a statement at the NCAA outdoor regional championships, boasting 14 total competitors with a men’s and women’s student-athlete in each of the middle distance / distance events: 800m; 1,500m; 5,000m; 10,000m; 3,000m steeplechase. She guided Kennedy Weisner to an appearance at the 2017 NCAA indoor championships in the mile, and her leadership extended the Blue & Gray’s streak of a student-athlete advancing to the finals site of the NCAA outdoor championships in the women’s 800-meter run.
Prior to taking over as director, Culley coached 10 student-athletes to 24 All-America honors in eight different events. As an assistant, Culley helped Georgetown win 14 total BIG EAST event titles (9 individual, 5 relay) and the Hoya women captured the team title at the 2014 BIG EAST Cross Country Championships. The Georgetown women recorded a pair of top-10 national finishes during her stint as an assistant: a fourth-place finish at the 2014 NCAA Cross Country Championships and a ninth-place showing at the 2016 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships.
The 2015-16 season proved to be a standout among a tradition of success as the GU women won the distance medley relay (DMR) at the 2016 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, the first NCAA event title for the program since 2012. Later in the year, the women won the Penn Relays DMR title, becoming just the fourth team in history to complete the DMR double in the same calendar year. The Blue & Gray also won the Penn Relays 4x800-meter relay, taking home two Championship of America wheels for just the second time in program history.
For her efforts, Culley was named the 2016 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Mid-Atlantic Assistant Coach of the Year.
Under Culley’s guidance, Katrina Coogan finished her career on the Hilltop as an 11-time All-American, a two-time College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-American and became the BIG EAST Conference’s nomination for the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year.
Culley returned to coaching after an eight-year stint focusing primarily on her professional running career. In addition to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, Culley represented 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).
During that time, Culley was also engaging in other endeavors such as incorporating and co-founding, under Coach Gagliano, 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 also founded and served as race director of the Run O’ the Mill 5K in Clinton, N.J.
Prior to her arrival on the Hilltop, Culley’s most recent coaching stop was at nearby American University from 2007-10, where she served as an assistant cross country and track & field coach, assisting Head Coach Matt Centrowitz with program operations, travel, recruiting and daily practices. Additionally, she was coached by Centrowitz during that time period. Centrowitz is a two-time Olympian, four-time United States champion, former American record holder and father of 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games 1,500-meter gold medalist, Matthew Centrowitz.
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 was announced as a member of the 2016 Rutgers Athletics Hall of Fame Class in August and will be inducted in a ceremony in October.
Culley currently resides in Arlington, Va., with her husband, Chris Farley, and their son, James. She and her husband own Pacers Running, run specialty stores in the DC area and Princeton, N.J. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in integrated marketing communications from the Georgetown School of Continuing Studies.