Tim Connelly
Tim Connelly
  • Title:
    Head Coach
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  • Previous College:
    Notre Dame, '83
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  • 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 an individual earned a bid to the NCAA Championships in his second season, Connelly mentored the women’s team to its first appearance on the national stage in 20 years in his third season. In his fifth season, Connelly took the women back the NCAA Championships for the third straight season in 2019.

The 2017 Tartans not only earned the NCAA bid, they exceeded expectations and placed 24th, ahead of Emory University and three Mideast Region opponents. The women finished fourth at the Mideast Regional and fourth at the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships, both team bests since 2012. Three runners earned All-Region honors while senior Aparna Alavilli ran to a fifth-place finish at the UAA race, the best finish by a Tartan since Rekha Schnepf finished sixth in 2015.

The women’s team has been on the rise since Connelly’s tenure began and it continued in 2018 with a third-place finish at the Mideast Regional. Another three runners earned All-Region status and qualified as individuals for the NCAA Championships before the team learned of its second-straight at-large bid.

Four women earned All-Region honors in 2019 to lead the Tartans to their second straight third-place finish. The regional finish led to the program's third-straight at-large bid to the NCAA Championships where the team ran to a 24th-place finish. Connelly has now coached five All-UAA finishers and 12 All-Region honorees in five 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 is a recent graduate of DePauw University.