Zola (Budd) Pieterse
Zola (Budd) Pieterse serves as a volunteer assistant coach for the Coastal Carolina University track & field program.
A native of South Africa, Pieterse is a two-time Olympian, having competed for Great Britain in the 1984 Los Angeles Games and represented South Africa at 1992 Barcelona Games as she had dual citizenship due to her grandfather. During her international track career, she twice broke the world record in a period of less than three years in the women's 5000 meters, and twice was the women's winner at the World Cross Country Championships.
Best known for training and competing barefoot during her track and field career, Pieterse still holds two junior world records in the mile and the 3000 meters and during her career broke records in the 2,000 and 3,000 meters in outdoors and the indoor 3,000 meters.
She is currently training and plans to compete in Master's Road Race events in the United States.
As a volunteer assistant, Pieterse has competed at the Blue Ridge Mountain Open, winning the 5k race with a time of 17:53. Additionally, she participated in the 2008 New York Marathon, placing 10th in her age group and was the 69th female overall with a time of 2:59.53. In August, 2011 she finished second in the World Master's Cross Country Championship, representing South Africa, competing against all master level runners in the world above the age of 35. Additionally, in October 2011 she finished second in the Myrtle Beach Half Marathon with a time of 1 hour 19 minutes and 51 seconds.
Pieterse, her husband Mike and three children - Mikey, Azelle and Lisa - reside in Myrtle Beach.