One of the most decorated student-athletes in Columbia history, Caroline Bierbaum joined the Columbia cross country and track & field programs as a volunteer coach in August of 2008.
Bierbaum, a five-time All-American in cross country and track and field, was the 2005 recipient of the prestigious Honda Award, an award which is given to the nation’s most outstanding athlete in women’s cross country, according to results of national balloting among 1,000 NCAA member schools. In 2004, she became the first Columbia woman ever to win the Ivy Heptagonal Championship in cross country, and in 2005, she won the title again, breaking a meet record that had stood for over two decades. Bierbaum holds the top time at Van Cortlandt Park for women, and also holds school records in the indoor 3000m run, the indoor 5000m run and the outdoor 5000m run. She is the school and Ivy League record-holder in the outdoor 10,000m run.
Bierbaum graduated from Columbia in 2006, with a degree in history, and was selected as an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient. She is currently pursuing a law degree at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York, where she is in her third year.