Sinead Delahunty Evans has been the head coach of Brandeis track and field since December of 2013. Now in her fifth full season as head cross country coach and sixth as track and field coach, Delahunty Evans previously spent two years as a full-time assistant working with the Judges' distance and middle-distance runners.
Under Delahunty's guidance, Brandeis has had 11 different athletes qualify for NCAA Championships in seven different events. In 2017-18, the Brandeis track and field team produced seven All-America performances. Emily Bryson '19 and Ryan Stender '18 started the program's terrific year in cross country, finishing 20th for the women and 34th for the men. In the winter, Bryson won Brandeis's first national championship since 1999 in the 3,000-meter run during the indoor season, while anchoring the distance-medley relay to a third-place finish along with twin sister Julia '19, Doyin Ogundiran '19 and Lisbeth Valdez '21. Irie Gourde '17/MA '19 earned his first career All-America honor indoors in the 200-meter dash, then followed it up with top-eight finishes in the 200m and 400, making him just the fourth Brandeis male to win multiple All-America honors at the same meet and the first to do so in two individual running events.
With her three honors in '17-'18, Emily Bryson is now a five-time All-American (3 times in cross country, 2 times in track and field) and eight-time NCAA qualifier with her senior year still to come. Emily Bryson and Irie Gourde were named the department's outstanding female and male student-athletes for their efforts. In addition, Doyin Ogundiran enters her senior year as a three-time NCAA qualifier in the 800m run, competing twice outdoor and giving up a chance at individual glory indoors as a junior to help the DMR team earn All-American honors.
In addition to the team's success last year, Brandeis sent three competitors in the mile run in 2014 (Amelia Lundkvist '14, Vicki Sanford '14 and Kesley Whitaker '14). Triple jumper Mo Sidique '14 won All-America honors as a senior.
Evans is a 1993 graduate of Providence College, where she was a six-time All-American. She established a PC record in the indoor 1,000 meters and helped set the indoor and outdoor 4 x 800 meter relay mark and the outdoor distance medley relay record. She was the Providence Female Athlete of the Year in 1993 and was inducted into the Friars' Hall of Fame in 2009. Evans went on to compete for Ireland in four World Championships and in the 1996 Atlanta and 2000 Sydney Olympics in the 1,500.
She has also served as head coach at Regis College in 2002 and is currently also an assistant with the Waltham Track Club.