Sean McNulty enters his first year as head coach for the Transylvania cross country and track and field teams for the 2020 season.
McNulty, who arrived to Transylvania in fall 2019, began his new roles as head coach of Pioneer track and field and cross country in January 2020.
"Coach McNulty, in a very short time at Transylvania, has proven that he has the drive and passion to be the head coach of these programs,” says Transylvania Vice President for Athletics, Dr. Holly Sheilley. “I have no doubt that he can lead these teams to the next level and I am excited to have him in this role."
“I am honored to be named the head track and field and cross country coach here at Transylvania,” states McNulty. “The program has a long history and I am looking forward to being a part of that. Lexington and Transy have fantastic facilities and a running culture which is top-notch. Those ingredients allow for a program and its athletes to flourish and grow.”
McNulty’s career is rooted in the development of individual and team champions across several events at all ages and levels of competition.
His most recent successes entailed spurring the Transylvania triathlon team to a second consecutive national championship berth at the 2019 Women’s Collegiate Triathlon National Championships in Tempe, Arizona. With McNulty also serving as head coach of the Triathlon team at Transy, freshman Grayson Bray captured a top-10 finish among all Division III competitors while the Pioneers recorded the top-three Team GPA across all Division I, II, and III varsity triathlon teams in the country.
McNulty draws upon his own versatile experience in a variety of coaching roles at the Division I and Division III collegiate levels, high school and club track and field levels, as well as his own personal competitions as a triathlete and former Division I track athlete.
Prior to arriving at Transylvania in the fall of 2019, McNulty spent four years at Duke University on the men’s track and field coaching staff as the steeplechase coach. Tasked with implementing a training program for his steeplechase athletes, McNulty guided the Blue Devils to a national ranking of as high as number 7 in the USATCCCA while one of his athletes captured a bronze medal in the ACC Championships. McNulty also coached three athletes to East Regional berths while at Duke.
Before coming to Durham, McNulty served in multiple concurrent coaching roles in the New York metropolitan area, training world-class athletes at the NJ*NY Track Club in New Brunswick, New Jersey and was the head coach at Hightstown High School in Hightstown, New Jersey.
McNulty trained world-class athletes under USATFCCCA Hall of Fame head coach Frank Gagliano at the NJ*NY Track Club, which is regarded as the elite track and road racing club on the East Coast. In this role, McNulty trained Olympians, US National Champions, and world championship qualifiers while also engaging in fundraising and promotional efforts for the organization. His duties at Hightstown High School involved planning and implementing season distance running training plans for boys and girls and coordinating and overseeing track meets.
McNulty’s return to Lexington last year marked a homecoming for the University of Kentucky alumnus, who obtained his bachelor’s degree in 2014.
McNulty began his coaching career at nearby Lafayette High School where he was the head coach of the boys and girls cross country teams and an assistant coach for the track and field teams from 2012 through 2014.
Away from his coaching duties, McNulty is an accomplished triathlete and a former Division I athlete. McNulty competed in cross country and track and field for the University of Kentucky during his collegiate days. He won both the 2008 USA Junior National Sprint Triathlon Championship in Cayuga Lake, New York and the 2009 New Jersey State Spring Triathlon, and also has four top-5 finishes in the New Jersey State Sprint Triathlon to his credit.
McNulty boasts a Level I USA Track and Field Certified Coach certification to his long list of credentials. In total, McNulty is in his sixth year of coaching at the collegiate level with his new endeavors.