|Previous College:||Notre Dame, '83|
|Graduate School:||Notre Dame, '89 / Syracuse, '93|
|Master's Degree:||MBA / Physical Education - Exercise Science|
Tim Connelly joined the Carnegie Mellon University Department of Athletics as the head coach for men’s and women’s cross country in March 2015. After three years at the helm, he has led the program three NCAA appearances and back-to-back University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships (2015, 2016). Connelly was also named the UAA Coach of the Year twice.
A young team of two seniors, two juniors, and three sophomores led the Tartans to a 21st-place finish on the national stage in 2017 after the program finished 20th in 2016 and 18th in 2015. Those finishes continued a rich Carnegie Mellon men’s cross country tradition of NCAA finishes, as the 2017 team made the program’s 23rd appearance in the championship race.
The Tartans compete in one of the toughest regions and have earned two third-place finishes and a second-place finish at the Mideast Regional under Connelly. At least five members have earned All-Region in each of the past three seasons with 17 total honorees. Adding to the accolades is two UAA Rookies of the Year with 11 runners placing in the top 14 of the conference race the past three years.
Connelly came to Carnegie Mellon with a pedigree of success coaching distance runners after serving 26 years at the University of Notre Dame as the head women’s cross country coach and assistant men’s and women’s track and field coach. He coached the women’s cross country team to a third-place (2002) and fourth-place (2004) NCAA finish during his tenure. In all, Connelly’s teams have made 12 NCAA team appearances, won three Great Lakes Regionals and two BIG EAST Conference titles. Since 1993, Connelly has mentored 15 All-Americans and 28 All-BIG EAST cross country runners.
On the track, Connelly coached the women's middle distance and distance runners at Notre Dame as they earned 32 All-America honors under his leadership. He played a huge factor in the Irish’s three BIG EAST indoor and two outdoor championships as well as nine runner-up team finishes at conference meets (four indoor, five outdoor). In addition, Connelly’s women's distance runners won 14 BIG EAST individual titles.
He is a three-time BIG EAST Women's Cross Country Coaching Staff of the Year winner (2002, 2003, 2005), part of three BIG EAST Women's Indoor Track & Field Coaching Staffs of the Year (2002, 2006, 2013) and two BIG EAST Women's Outdoor Track & Field Coaching Staffs of the Year (2007, 2013). He also was named Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year three times (2002, 2003, 2009), after the Irish won the region crown.
A 1983 Notre Dame graduate, Connelly ran both cross country and track for the Irish. Following his graduation, Connelly served as a graduate assistant coach under Joe Piane while working toward his master's degree in business.
In 1986, Connelly moved on to Syracuse University as an assistant cross country and track coach. During his time in central New York, he coached the men's and women's middle distance and distance runners and managed recruiting duties for both programs. Connelly also completed a second master's degree in physical education with a concentration in exercise science.
A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., Connelly and his wife, the former Donna Southerly, are the parents of two children -- daughter, Ali, and son, Brendan. Ali is an elementary school teacher who graduated from West Virginia University after competing on the women's soccer team, while Brendan enters his senior year at DePauw University.