Howie McNiff
Howie McNiff
Title: Women's Cross Country/Track and Field

Coach McNiff was hired in July of 2014 as head coach of the women's cross country and track and field programs.

McNiff comes to Dominican after spending the 2011-2014 seasons as the head boys cross country and track and field coach at his high school alma mater, Albertus Magnus High School.

McNiff spent his collegiate career at Fordham University on a full scholarship where he earned 12 varsity letters. He recorded personal best times of 4:07 for the mile, a time bettered by only a handful of Rocklanders, and 8:50 for the two mile, second-fastest ever by a Rockland collegian. He also ran a 3:49 leadoff leg (about a 4:07 mile equivalent) on Fordham's third-place 4x1,500-meter relay at the 1976 Penn Relays. Fordham's time surpassed the existing national record.

At Albertus Magnus High School, he ran cross country, indoor track and outdoor track and field.  In cross country, he captured the New York State Intersectional Class B championship and won his division in the Eastern States Championships in 1972, set eight course records, and captured the Rockland County meet. In 1971, he led Albertus to the Rockland Public School Athletic League title with Neil Coleman and Steve Maloney, and was first-team All-County both years.

In indoor track, he was the Section 9 mile and two-mile champ in 1973 and also won the Cardinal Hayes Games two-mile. In spring track, he was the Rockland County mile champion two straight years; first-team All-County in the mile run and two-mile relay in 1972 and in the mile in 1973; the Section 9 Class B two mile and State Qualifier mile titlist in '73; undefeated in dual meets in '73; and runner-up in the two mile at the prestigious Penn Relays, losing only to a top runner from Virginia.

McNiff ran several high-quality marathons in the late 1970s and early 1980s. In the 1981 New York City Marathon, he clocked 2 hours 24 minutes 11 seconds, the second-fastest 26.2-miler ever by a Rocklander.

McNiff is a Rockland County native and local running legend.  He is a member of the Rockland County Track and Field Hall of Fam (2004), the Rockland County Sports Hall of Fame (1998) and the Albertus Magnus High School Hall of Fame.

McNiff spent 31 years as a NY State Senior Court Officer and retired in 2010.