UMass Boston Hall of Famer Genesia Eddins will lead the Beacons Men’s and Women’s Cross Country and Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field programs for her second season during the 2019-20 school year. She took over as the interim head coach in the fall of 2018 and was named the head coach in the summer of 2019.
Eddins is one of the most decorated athletes in the history of UMass Boston and Division III Track & Field. 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.
She won the 400M dash three times, the 800M four times and was part of five different 4x400M Relay Championship Teams.
Eddins put together one of the best meets of her career at the 1987 Outdoor Championship. She won the gold in the 400M, 800M and 4x400M relay. A year later, Eddins recorded two first-place finishes and two second-place finishes to lead the Beacons to their first-ever Outdoor National Title.
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.