Men's and Women's Cross Country
Head Coach, Jessica Gorski
After three years as an assistant cross-country coach and two years assisting the newly established track & field program, Jessica Gorski begins her first year as Daemen's head men's and women's cross-country/track & field coach in 2012. In addition to her coaching duties, Gorski also serves as the Assistant Athletic Director for Sport Administration.
Gorski was a two-time NAIA All-America Scholar-Athlete while competing for Daemen as a cross-country runner and was also the team's MVP in her senior season. She has a personal best of 19:00 which is the second fastest 5K time in Daemen history.
Gorski holds Bachelors of Arts Degree in English Secondary Education from Daemen and holds a Master's of Education Degree from Buffalo State College in Literacy. Gorski is currently completing coursework to obtain a Master's in Educational Administration with an Athletics Concentration at Canisius College. Prior to taking over her current position at Daemen, she was the Academic Learning Center Coordinator at Mt. St. Mary Academy in Kenmore, NY.
Assistant Coach, Seth Yernye
Seth Yernye joins the Daemen cross-country/track & field coaching staff for the first time in 2012, bringing a solid background in both sports to the table in assisting first-year head coach Jessica Gorski.
Prior to joining the staff at Daemen, Yernye served as the head coach at Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School in Buffalo, where he helped six athletes earn All-Msgr. Martin Athletic Association honors between 2011 and 2012.
As an athlete himself, Yernye was a Gold Medalist in the 1500 meter run at the 2010 Empire State Games, and still competes as a runner on the Syracuse Chargers Elite Development Team.
A 2006 graduate of Lake Shore High School, Yernye was a two-time ECIC Co-Champion for cross-country and qualified for the NYSPHSAA Cross-Country Championships in 2005. Yernye went on to attend Erie Community College and trained under head coach Sean Kibrick, becoming an NJCAA All-American for cross-country in 2007. He was also a three-time Region III runner-up in the 5000 meters (twice as an indoor track & field athlete, once as an outdoor track & field athlete).
In 2008, Yernye transferred to SUNY Plattsburgh where he competed in the NCAA Division III Cross-Country National Meet in Hanover, IN. He was All-SUNYAC for the indoor mile in 2009 and won the 5000 meters at the 2009 ECAC Outdoor Championships. As a senior, Yernye was a Penn Relays Qualifier in the 5000 meters as well as a Provisional Qualifier for the Division III Outdoor National Championships in 2010.