Head Coach Lenroy Raffington (B.S. ’95) enters his third season at the helm of the NYIT men's and women's cross country programs in 2016.
Last year, the men's and women's teams both placed at ECC's, placing sixth and fifth, respectively. Junior Tom Ruppel finsihed 15th on the men's side, first for the team and newcomer Sarah Jerotich came in first overall for the women to be named ECC Runner of the Year. Seven of the men and all of the women qualified for the NCAA East Regional where Jerotich found continuted success, placing second to advance to the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships in Joplin, MO. There she came in 80th as the third runner from the East Region to cross the line. Also in this year, former Track & Field Coach Pete Zinno was named Head Coach Emeritus. In his tenure with the Bears, Zinno coached 27 of his athletes to Division II NCAA individual championships, and 350 student-athletes would earn NCAA All-American honors.
In his first season (2014), the men's program finished sixth in the ECC Championships, however the women's side did not field a full squad, prohibiting them from placing. Despite this fact, Gladys Kimutai was named to the ECC All-Conference First Team when she finished second overall with a time of 18:24.4.
Raffington brings strong experience with high school track as Hempstead High School’s head coach since 1998. He revived the girls’ varsity track team after a five-year break in the program.
During his term at the high school, Raffington won four consecutive outdoor division championships from 2003-2006. He was consecutively named Nassau County Track and Field Girls Track Coach of the Year from 2002 until 2005 by the Nassau County Coaches Association.
Raffington led 29 new school records and three New York State Public High School Athletic Association records. He produced seven Female Athletes of the Year, 39 High School All-Americans, 79 All-State honorees, 131 All-County awardees, 86 All-Conference recipients, and 85 All-Division selections. In 2009, Raffington was cited as Newsday’s High School Girl’s Coach of the Year.
Raffington earned his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration from NYIT in 1995. In 2003, he was certified by New York State as a teacher’s assistant and continued his career as a coach, mentor, and educator.