Tsehaye Dagnachew begins her fourth season as an assistant coach of cross country/distance at East Carolina University.
Last season, Dagnachew helped both the men's and women's programs gain ground among the Conference USA and regional squads. The men turned in a fifth-place showing at the Conference USA Championship, tied with the 2004 and 2008 squads for the program's best finish. The women were one slot behind their best-ever place, finishing sixth. At the NCAA Southeast Regional, the men came in 23rd for the program's best performance since placing in 17th in 2004. On the women's side at the meet, Tara Wilson ran the fifth-best 6K in program history with a time of 21:40.3 to finish 54th overall.
Both the men and women took home the ECU Pirate Invitational title in 2010 and the women also claimed the Mount Olive College Invitational crown. It was a clean sweep at the ECU Pirate Invitational for the women as they claimed the first three spots and seven of the top 10. The men were nearly as dominant, taking the first five spots and six of the initial 10.
In 2009, Dagnachew helped the men's team capture the Campbell Invitational and ECU Pirate Invitational championships. The first-place finishes were their first team titles since the 2004 North Carolina Collegiate Championship. At the NCAA Southeast Regional, the men took 25th place for the second-straight campaign and the program's best performance since coming in 17th in 2004. The women also claimed the ECU Pirate Invitational for their first title since the 2006 McAlister's Deli Invitational.
Prior to joining the Pirate staff, Dagnachew spent five years at UNC-Charlotte. A three-time all-conference selection in cross country, Dagnachew's highest finish at the Conference USA Championship was a 10th-place showing in 2004. The 49ers then moved to the Atlantic 10 Conference the following year and Dagnachew finished second at the A-10 meet in 2006, her senior year. Dagnachew's best finish in the NCAA Southeast Regional Championship came at the end of her junior year, when she clocked in with season and collegiate-best 6K time of 21:25.5.
Dagnachew also displayed excellence on the track and field team. She was a three-time conference champion, four-time NCAA Regional participant, two-time NCAA National qualifier and the Atlantic 10 record holder in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. In 2005, she qualified for the NCAA East Regional and was the C-USA Champion in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, as she posted a school-record time of 10:21.18 at the meet. Dagnachew went on to finish 11th in the steeplechase at the NCAA East Regional in 2005.
As a junior, Dagnachew qualified for the highly competitive USA Track and Field Nationals in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. A year later, she ran a career-best steeplechase time of 10:10, which was fast enough to rank her nationally. She missed qualifying for the Olympic Trials by less than a half second with that time. She is also the UNC-Charlotte record holder in the indoor 5,000-meter run.
Dagnachew, a pre-business major and Jacksonville, N.C. native, held an "All Girls Running Camp" in her home town in 2006. The camp was so successful that, for the past three years, she has been privately coaching individuals.