Tim Connelly joined the Carnegie Mellon University Department of Athletics as the associate head coach for men's and women's track and field in March 2015. Connelly also serves as the head coach for the men's and women's cross country teams.
The mid-distance runners were off to a successful season in the winter of 2020 before COVID-19 canceled the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships where three men were scheduled to compete in the mile and 800-meter run. Those three earned All-America honors and were the 10th, 11th, and 12th Tartans to earn a bid to the NCAA Indoor Championships under Connelly for the men. Connelly also mentored senior Kate Reilly to her first NCAA bid when she earned a chance to race in the mile in 2020 before the meet was canceled.
Connelly's work with the distance runners in 2019 witnessed senior Rose Ciriello compete at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 800-meter run and place third in a deep field of UAA runners in the 1,500-meter run at the UAA Outdoor Championships. The 4x800-meter relay finished second at the UAA Outdoor Championships, it's best finish since 2009. On the men's side, two athletes competed at the NCAA Outdoor Championships and four athletes competed at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Ten athletes and three relays were awarded regional honors by the USTFCCCA while the running core brought in seven UAA honors, including victories in the 5,000-meter run and 4x800-meter relay.
In 2018, senior Aparna Alavilli earned two All-UAA finishes by placing third in the 5,000-meter run in the indoor season and second in the 10,000-meter run in the outdoor season. Those finishes came after Connelly mentored Alavilli to back-to-back appearances at the NCAA Cross Country Championships.
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.
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 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.
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 is a recent graduate of DePauw University.