PISCATAWAY, NJ – Former Rutgers University track and cross country standout Julie Culley (Lebanon, NJ/North Hunterdon HS) has been named women’s track coach at Loyola College in Baltimore, MD.
Culley, who graduated Cum Laude in 2004, was a three-time Academic All-American at Rutgers, MVP of the track team in both 2002 and 2003 and earned cross country MVP accolades in 1999, 2000 and 2002. She earned NJAIAW of the Year accolades in 2003 after being named an All-American in cross country.
Culley served on the Rutgers Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for three years. She holds the Rutgers school record in the 3,000-meter indoor run and the 5,000-meter outdoor run as well as in the distance medley relay. Culley also qualified for the NCAA championships in both cross country and track and earned the Athletic Director's Excellence Award before graduation.
A 2003-04 team captain, Culley was an NCAA Cross Country Championships participant in 2000, a 2002 NCAA Cross Country All-American, and a 2003 NCAA participant in the 3000. This past season, Culley suffered a painful foot injury that required surgery and sidelined her for several weeks. She returned to compete in the NCAA Regionals and at the Rutgers track and field banquet this past spring, she was the co-winner of the Courage Award, given annually to the student-athlete (s) “who, throughout her career, overcame significant adversity to contribute to her team at the championship level.”
"Julie Culley was an excellent student-athlete at Rutgers," said Loyola Athletic Director Joe Boylan. "She will bring a lot of enthusiasm and keep the track and cross country programs moving in the right direction."