Joelle Amaral joined the Virginia program in the fall of 2022 to coach the middle-distance and distance runners for the Cavaliers. She came to UVA after serving as an assistant at Eastern Kentucky from 2019-2022.
Eastern Kentucky, Amaral helped lead Ahmed Jaziri to the Colonels’ first-ever NCAA title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and helped Laura Taborda become the first woman in EKU history to qualify for the NCAA Championships in the same event. In all, Amaral helped guide the Colonels to three conference championships in cross country. She also coached the distance runners to a total of 10 individual conference titles and three All-American honors across indoor and outdoor track and field seasons in her time at EKU.
Amaral began her coaching career at Kentucky, serving as a graduate assistant from 2017-2019. She served as an assistant coach to the distance runners and handled operations for the cross country team.
While competing at Washington, Amaral received Pac-12 All-Academic honors after the 2012 cross country season.
A native of Randolph, N.J., Amaral earned her undergraduate degree from Washington in communication studies with a minor in nutritional sciences. She earned a master’s degree in kinesiology and health promotions from Kentucky.