BOSTON, Mass. – Vice Chancellor of Athletics and Recreation Charlie Titus has selected UMass Boston Hall of Famer, Genesia Eddins as the new head coach for the men's and women's cross country and track and field programs.
Eddins, who served as the interim head coach during the 2018-19 academic year, returns to her alma mater to lead the programs beginning this fall with the cross country program.
"I am very excited to have our first outstanding national level student-athlete return as head coach of her sport. Genesia, an accomplished coach, has been working hard on enhancing her coaching skills over the last several years. She clearly is prepared for this opportunity to lead the track and cross country programs. Genesia has great passion for UMB, it's athletic program and especially its track program. Our expectations are high... rightfully so," said Titus.
As one of the greatest sprinters in the history of Division III track and field, Eddins will look to bring the Beacons to a new level of success that she saw when she ran for UMass Boston in the 1980's. A member of four NCAA Division III national championship track and field teams, Eddins played a crucial part in helping UMass Boston host the 2019 Indoor National Championship at the Reggie Lewis Center.
During her time with the Beacons, she helped UMass Boston win the first four Division III National Championships in school history (Indoor 1985, 86, 87 and Outdoor 1986). She was named a 22-time All-American and won 12 individual/relay national titles. During her four years, she was named an All-American at all eight National Championship Meets, and earned at least a second-place finish at all eight meets. She won at least one national title in seven of her Championship Meets and multiple golds six times.
The track star still holds two NCAA Championship Records: with a time of 2:06.89 in the 800M that she established at the 1987 Indoor Championships and a time of 3:40.76 in the 4x400M Relay at the 1988 Indoor Meet.
She was inducted into the UMass Boston Hall of Fame as part of the inaugural six-member Class in 2003. Eddins was also earned a place in the NCAA Women's Track & Field Division III Hall of Fame in 2010.
At UMass Boston, Eddins earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 1991 before becoming a Certified Forensic Investor from University of Central Florida in 1998. Eddins would later earn a Master Certification in Administration and Manager from Harvard University in 2006.
She has affiliations or memberships with the Massachusetts Track & Field Officials Association, the Harvard University Alumni Admissions Advisory Board and the University of Massachusetts Boston Athletic Advisory Board.
Eddins currently resides in Boston, Mass.