Head Coach Bernie Empie

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Bernie Empie

Bernie Empie is in his second year as a coach at Bloomsburg University and serves as both the head coach for both the men's and women's track and field and is the interm head coach for the men's and women's cross country teams. He came to Bloomsburg after spending eight years as assistant coach at Colgate University. In seven of those seasons he also served as the assistant coach for both the women's track and the women's cross country programs. He was responsible for coaching the Raiders' jumpers, sprinters, hurdlers, and multi-event athletes, and assisted with the cross country team in the fall. Empie also served as the primary recruiting coordinator for the cross country and track and field programs.

Empie's sprinters and jumpers at Colgate had much success. Under his watch he helped guide Lisa Germain to both the indoor and outdoor Patriot League long jump title in 2006. He also mentored sprinter Curry Knox to the 100-meter dash title at the Patriot League Championship in a school-record time. Knox also finished second in the 200 dash at the championship meet.

The track and field program has seen much success since Empie returned to his hometown in August, 2000. His athletes have produced 25 school records, 18 conference championships, 37 all-conference performances, 44 ECAC or IC4A qualifying marks, three All-East performances, two provisional NCAA qualifying marks, and six Junior National qualifying performances.

Empie came to Colgate after serving as the assistant track and field and cross country coach at his alma mater, the Citadel, from 1994-98. Empie was responsible for recruiting, promotions and marketing, as well as assisting with on-field coaching for both the men's and women's teams. His primary duties included working with the cross country, middle and distance runners, however, he also assisted in coaching athletes competing in all other events. During his stint with the Bulldogs, Empie helped coach numerous all-conference athletes, five conference champions and two Junior National Qualifiers.

Empie graduated from the Citadel with a bachelor's degree in physical education in 1994 and a master's degree in physical education in 1996. He and his wife, Andrea are the parents of two children, Connor and Gwendolyn.

updated June, 2009