HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Hofstra vice president and director of athletics Jeffrey A. Hathaway announced Friday that men’s and women’s head coach Peter Alfano has resigned his position. Tracy Koch has been named the interim head coach. Hofstra has begun a national search for the next head coach.
“We thank Coach Alfano for his dedicated service to Hofstra University and our cross country programs,” Hathaway said. “We appreciate all that Pete has done for our cross country student-athletes during his 10 years as both an assistant coach and head coach. I’m confident that Coach Koch will do a wonderful job as the interim head coach as we transition to the fall 2014 season.”
Alfano completed his 10th year on the Hofstra cross country coaching staff and his sixth year as head coach of both programs in 2013-14. Before being named the head coach, he served as Hofstra's interim coach from March 2008 through June '08, after having served as the Pride's assistant cross country coach since '04. Under Alfano’s direction, Hofstra gained membership in the Metropolitan Conference in 2008 and coached three Pride harriers who earned a total of five All-Met honors in Riti Dhillon in 2008, Daniel Rono in 2010, '11 and '13, and Becky Celorio during the outdoor track season in 2013. Alfano also guided Rono to All-ICAAAA honors in 2010 and '11 as well as becoming Hofstra’s first All-Colonial Athletic Association runner in 2013.
Koch, who served as an assistant coach during the 2013-14 academic year, is a 2011 graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design. She was a member of the cross country squad at SCAD.