Tiffanie Poole Gentles ’00, former Manhattan College track and field athlete and a resident of Freeport, N.Y., was inducted into the Manhattan College Athletic Hall of Fame at its 34th annual ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 10 in Smith Auditorium. In addition to Poole Gentles, seven other inductees were also honored at the event, which is sponsored by the Manhattan College Alumni Society.
More than a decade later, three of Poole Gentles’ records at Manhattan still stand. Indoors, she ran the 200 meters in 24.22 seconds at the New York Sports Museum Invitational, and two weeks later added a time of 3:41.01 in the 4x400-meter relay in the Jasper Relays. Outdoors, she and her teammates recorded a 4x400 time of 3:39.64 at the Penn Relays in 1997.
She continued her love for the sport as a coach after graduation, and has coached at Freeport High School on Long Island, Rye Neck High School in Westchester County and St. Pius V High School in the Bronx. Poole Gentles has taken her determination from the track and applied it to the classroom as a student, too, earning a master’s degree in counseling from Manhattan College and a master’s in school education and leadership from Iona College. She also returned to Manhattan to complete a professional diploma.
Poole Gentles is currently a guidance counselor at the Public School of Diplomacy in the Bronx.