Men's and Women's Track & Field
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, Tim Miller
Tim Miller joined the Daemen College Track and Field staff for the program's inaugural year and works primarily with the throwers and jumpers. He also writes the weight training portions of the team's programming
Prior to arriving at Daemen, Tim was an assistant coach for the Erie Community College Kats under head coach and former Daemen cross-country assistant Sean Kibrick. In three seasons with the Kats, Miller helped the men's team to one Region III title and one runner-up finish in the indoor season, while the women's team won an indoor team title. From 2008 until 2010, Miller coached 10 Region III champions and seven 2nd-place finishers. At the NJCAA National Championships, Coach Miller's athletes won three national titles during his tenure at ECC including a Division III National Record in the Discus in 2009. At the same meet, Coach Miller was awarded NJCAA Division 3 National Assistant Coach of the Year. He was the inaugural recipient of the award.
Following the 2009 season, Miller was selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee and U.S.A. Track and Field for the Emerging Elite Coaches Camp, held at the Olympic training Center at Chula Vista, CA. The week-long camp featured instruction from top national and international coaches in a learn-by-doing format.
Prior to coaching, Miller competed for the Fredonia State Blue Devils from 2004-2007 in the Hammer throw and Shot Put, and also has competed in the Empire State Games in the Hammer Throw in 2008. He also is certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
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.
Assistant Coach, Ezra Bialy
Ezra Bialy joins the track & field coaching staff at Daemen for the 2012-2013 season. Bialy, a former track athlete himself at the University of South Alabama of NCAA Division I, will work primarily with the Wildcats' sprinters, jumpers and hurdlers.
While competing for the Jaguars, Bialy was the 2005 Sun Belt Conference Triple Jump Champion in both the indoor and outdoor track & field seasons. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sports Management from South Alabama, graduating in 2009. The Niagara Falls native went on to be an assistant track & field coach for one season at Adams City High School in Commerce City, CO.