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Mahaffie stepping down as cross country coach at NSU


Northern State University Interim Director of Athletics Terri Holmes announced the resignation of Livia Mahaffie today. Mahaffie was the head cross country coach and assistant track and field coach for the Wolves since 2018.
“We would like to thank Livia for all that she has contributed to the NSU cross country and track & field programs,” noted Holmes. “She has helped elevate the program to the next level and we wish her nothing but the best of luck with her future.”
“After much consideration, I have made the difficult decision to resign from my position,” explained Mahaffie. “I am grateful to Josh Moon for providing this opportunity and to Wolves Nation and the Aberdeen community for their support of our program; but most importantly I want to thank my athletes who I had the privilege to coach. It has been an honor to witness and be a part of your growth, development, and success. I have no doubt that this program will continue to achieve great things.”
The 2021 track and field season saw two distance records fall under Mahaffie’s direction; the 3000m steeplechase (Riccardo Done) and 1000m (Jennifer Clark). In addition, the distance student-athletes recorded a combined 104 personal records during the indoor and outdoor seasons.
In the fall of 2019, Mahaffie produced two cross country all-conference performers in Riccardo Done and Jackson Harrison. The NSU men placed eighth as a team, while the women took tenth from the NSIC Cross Country Championships. She joined the Wolves after two seasons as an assistant cross country and track and field coach at Loyola University New Orleans, and will work primarily with the cross country and distance student-athletes.
In her two seasons at LUNO, Mahaffie coached three NAIA national cross country qualifiers, one NAIA national qualifier in track and field, one NAIA All-American, 12 school record holders, and the SSAC Female Cross Country Freshman Athlete of the Year. The women’s track and field team recorded podium finishes at the SSAC Outdoor Championships taking second in 2017 and third in 2018.
She graduate from the University of North Carolina Pembroke with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science in 2013 and from Seattle University with a Master of Art in Sport Administration and Leadership in 2017.
Northern will begin a national search for Mahaffie’s replacement.

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