Berkowitz Newest Addition to ECU Cross Country/Track & Field Staff
Sept. 3, 2012
GREENVILLE, N.C. - As an East Carolina alumnae and a former track and field standout for the Pirates, Brie Berkowitz is excited to be back at her alma mater as the newest addition to head coach Curt Kraft's staff. Berkowitz's duties as an assistant coach will begin immediately.
The former student-athlete, who competed from 2003-07, will supervise the cross country distance runners, as well as assist in all aspects of track and field. As a student-athlete at ECU and two-time team captain, Berkowitz competed in the 400-meter hurdles and the pole vault. In fact, Berkowitz and her relay team of Lindsay Dolan, Lanaire Lindo, and Jaslyn Grullon still hold the East Carolina record of 1:01.59 set in 2007 at the Florida Relays in the 100-meter shuttle relays.
"We are very excited to have Brie back in Greenville and coaching on our staff," Kraft said. "Brie not only understands what it is like to be a former student-athlete at East Carolina University, but she also understands how special of a place Greenville, N.C., and ECU are. When you talk about East Carolina academics and athletics, you are essentially talking about Brie Berkowitz. She is a true Pirate in every way; earning her undergraduate and graduate degrees here in 2007 and 2009, respectively. We will not have to teach Brie how to be passionate, prideful, and enthusiastic. Those are all built-in qualities that Pirates have."
Prior to her return to East Carolina, Berkowitz worked at the University of Miami as the travel and events coordinator in the Hurricane athletic department. She also had stints working for the Miami Heat and Florida Panthers in their respective sales departments.
For Berkowitz, coaching is in her blood. Her father, Marvin Berkowtiz, is a cross country/track and field coach at Redlion Area Senior High School in Pennsylvania. The elder Berkowitz is a former Penn State weightlifter, while Berkowitz's mother, Darla, ran cross country at York College (Pa.). She is looking to follow in her father's footstep and stay on the track for a long time to come.
Berkowitz could not be happier to return to her alma mater, where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education and a Master's Degree in Sport Management. While pursuing her graduate degree, the York, Pa., native worked as a graduate assistant in academics and as a volunteer coach with the track and field squad.
"I'm really excited to be back here," Berkowitz said. "I had an amazing experience as a student-athlete and it is especially meaningful to work side-by-side with people who helped me get to where I am today. I am hoping to bring positive energy and new ideas to ECU. Coach Kraft has done a wonderful job turning the program around for the better. What he has done with the team has been really incredible."
Having graduated just three years ago, Berkowitz feels she will have the ability to relate to student-athletes and help them excel and reach their full potential.
"I'm not that far removed from being a student-athlete, so I am looking forward to helping our current student-athletes go through their experiences and help them achieve their goals and move on from ECU."
With the fall season already in full swing and the Pirates first meet at the Seahawk Invitational in Wilmington, N.C., on Friday Sept. 7, Berkowitz looks to hit the ground running.
"I am extremely thankful to ECU for everything they have done for me and to the athletic staff for providing me this opportunity. It's wonderful to be here and to give back. I am very excited to see what the future holds."