Niagara didn't have to look far to hire its first women's track and field. The university announced today that current cross country coach Hadara Katarski will be the head coach for the school's upstart women's track and field program. The Purple Eagles are scheduled to begin competition in the 2013-14 season.
Katarski came to Niagara last August as an assistant cross country coach. In November she was named the interim head coach with the "interim" tag dropped in February. She is married to Mark Katarski, one of the assistant women's basketball coaches.
A native of Claremont, Calif., Katarski competed at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., before transferring to the University of Colorado-Boulder. She earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Colorado in 2001 and is a certified personal trainer and fitness instructor.
Before coming to Niagara, she was started the cross country program at Chatham University, a Division III school in Pennsylvania and worked as an assistant cross country and track and field coach at Division III Dickinson College.
Niagara is starting a women's track and field program after deciding to drop its women's hockey program this spring.
--- Amy Moritz