Sean McNulty named head coach of Transylvania triathlon team

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Lexington, Ky. – Sean McNulty has been appointed the new head coach for the Transylvania triathlon team, Vice President for Athletics, Dr. Holly Sheilley announced Wednesday.

McNulty makes his homecoming to the Bluegrass where he began his coaching career to take over as head coach of the Pioneer triathlon program. McNulty joins Transylvania from Duke University, where he was on staff with Blue Devils men's cross country and track and field programs and served as the men's steeplechase coach.

"We are excited to have Sean McNulty join our Pioneer family as our triathlon head coach," said Vice President for Athletics, Dr. Holly Sheilley. "He brings a solid resume of experience that will move the program to new heights. We are lucky to have him and excited to see our program continue its upward trajectory."

"I am beyond excited to become the Transylvania triathlon coach," stated McNulty. "I am eager to build and grow the sport of triathlon here at Transylvania University and in the NCAA community and am grateful to Dr. Holly Sheilley and Assistant AD Jeff Chaney for giving me the opportunity to join the Transy athletic family."

McNulty takes over a triathlon program that completed its inaugural season of competition in 2018-2019 and instantly made significant strides with an appearance in the national championships in Tempe, Arizona in November of 2018.

McNulty sports a multifaceted set of coaching credentials to complement his new triathlon coaching position, highlighted by his most recent stint at Duke where he spearheaded the implementation of a training program for steeplechase athletes. McNulty spent the last four years at Duke, cultivating a steeplechase group which rose to a number 7 national ranking by the USATCCCA and saw one of his athletes, Alex Miley, achieve a bronze medal at the ACC Championships in steeplechase. Under McNulty's tutelage, two male athletes for the Blue Devils and one female qualified for the East Regionals in the event.

Prior to arriving in Durham, McNulty was an assistant coach with the NJ*NY Track Club in New Brunswick, New Jersey, training world-class athletes under USATFCCCA Hall of Fame head coach Frank Gagliano. Regarded as the elite track and road racing club on the East Coast, McNulty worked with Olympians and trained USA National Champions and world championship qualifiers while assisting with fundraising and promotional efforts at NJ*NY Track Club.

Along with his role at the NJ*NY Track Club, McNulty served as a head coach for the cross country and track and field programs at Hightstown High School in Hightstown, New Jersey, where he planned and implemented season distance running training plans for men and women and also coordinated and oversaw track meets.

McNulty began his coaching career in Lexington at 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. He joined Lafayette after graduating from the University of Kentucky in 2014; while at Kentucky, McNulty was a member of the Wildcats' cross country and track and field teams.

McNulty is a certified Level I USA Track and Field Certified Coach.

As McNulty takes the reins of Transylvania's triathlon program, he begins his seventh overall year of coaching and fifth at the collegiate level.

Away from his diverse coaching experiences, McNulty has forged a successful career as a competitive triathlete. McNulty won the 2008 USA Junior National Sprint Triathlon Championship at Cayuga Lake, New York and the 2009 New Jersey State Sprint Triathlon. Additionally, McNulty has recorded four top-5 finishes at the New Jersey State Sprint Triathlon.

"Triathlon has been a part of my life since my mom decided to encourage me to race one 14 years ago and with this opportunity, I can continue to grow and introduce more young people to our amazing sport," added McNulty. "I believe that all the tools and resources are in place here at Transylvania to build this program into a national contender."