Tom Cuffe joined the Duke coaching staff in the fall of 2012 as an assistant women's cross country coach under the direction of head coach Kevin Jermyn, as well as an assistant coach for the men's and women's track & field teams.
Cuffe comes to Durham from Monsignor Farrell High School in Staten Island, N.Y., where he served as the head track & field and cross country coach from 1998-12. During his time at his alma mater, Cuffe guided Farrell to three Catholic Intersectional state championships and five consecutive Mayor's Cup crowns (2004-08). He also saw numerous student-athletes and relay teams earn qualification for the Penn Relays Championship of America, Millrose Games, New York state championships and national-level competitions, as well as national rankings and All-America honors.
Prior to taking over the head coaching position at Farrell, Cuffe directed the cross country and track & field programs at St. Joseph by the Sea High School in Staten Island to national prominence during his 10-year tenure (1988-98). He also previously served as the assistant cross country and track & field coach at Tottenville High School in Staten Island from 1982-88.
In 30 years of coaching at the high school level, Cuffe-led teams captured 34 Staten Island titles, 21 New York sectional championships, eight New York City Mayor's Cups and four Catholic Intersectional state championships. He also guided 48 student-athletes to high school All-American distinction and saw 40 percent of his athletes go on to compete at the collegiate level. Five distance medley relay squads qualified for the Penn Relays finals under Cuffe's tutelage, in addition to two 4x800m relay teams.
A native of Staten Island, N.Y., Cuffe graduated from Monsignor Farrell High School, where he was an All-American in the steeplechase. He went on to compete in cross country, indoor and outdoor track & field at the University of Houston and earned a bachelor's degree in physical education from Long Island University in New York in 1988.
Cuffe's experience extends beyond the coaching ranks, as he anchored the Penn Relays Sports Desk for Nike in 2010 and 2011 with decathletes Ashton Eaton and Trey Hardee and Olympic 100m gold medalist Dawn Harper. He also served on the original selection committee for the Nike Team Nationals from 2004-07 and was the New York Ambassador for Nike from 2008-11. In addition, Cuffe spent 15 years as the editor for the New York State Sportswriters Association weekly cross country poll (1996-2011).
Regarded as one of the sport's top motivational speakers, Cuffe has previously been a guest speaker at the United States Olympic Training Center, New York State Coaches Convention, the National Coaches Convention and at the Duke Running Camp.
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