Men's and women's track coach Bryan Delsite sits down with Jay Spinks in the latest episode of Duke 1-On-1.
Tenth-year head coach Bryan Delsite has turned the men's outdoor track & field program into a competitive force in the Atlantic 10 Conference and has done the same for the women's cross country and track and field programs in his 14 seasons as their mentor.
During his tenure with the men, Delsite has improved the overall quality of the Dukes' competition, continually bringing in top-talent which has shattered numerous University records. In addition, he has seen his student-athletes improve upon their own career performances in all four programs and has had dozens of student-athletes earn All-Atlantic 10 honors.
Delsite's program had its first NCAA qualifier as Tom Slosky competed at the 2006 and 2007 NCAA Championships in the 3,000 steeplechase. In fact in 2007, he became the first Duquesne student-athlete in any sport to reach the finals of an NCAA championship event, as he ran a school-record 8:43.39 in his heat of the steeplechase preliminaries.
In 2005, Delsite was named the Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year for the second straight season after the Dukes finished an all-time best third at the Atlantic 10 Championship. In 2004, he was named A-10 Coach of the Year for guiding DU to a then-best fourth place showing at the conference championship.
In 2003, his first season as the men's outdoor track and field coach, Delsite guided the Dukes to a University best fifth place finish while leading the women's teams to a fourth-place finish in outdoor track & field and fifth in both indoor track and cross country. He also saw 11 athletes be named to Atlantic 10 All-Conference teams.
Prior to being named head women's coach in 1998, Delsite served as the assistant coach during the 1996 and 1997 seasons. In addition, he served as the Assistant Athletic Academic Coordinator at the University from 1996 until the conclusion of the 1997-98 academic year.
Delsite received his bachelor's degree in nutrition and food management from Syracuse University in 1993. While at Syracuse, Delsite was a standout for the Orangemen capturing the Big East Conference triple jump championship for three years (1991-93) and the long jump championship for two (1992-93). He qualified for the NCAA Track & Field Championship in 1992 and pulled in MVP honors for Syracuse track & field three times. His personal bests include a long jump distance of 24' 8" and a triple jump distance of 53' 4". Delsite was also a two-time recipient of the prestigious Neil Pratt Award given annually to a student who has exemplified outstanding leadership and lifestyle.
Before coming to The Bluff, Delsite served as the assistant men's and women's track & field and cross country coach for Robert Morris College from the fall of 1994 until his hiring at Duquesne in the fall of 1996. During the spring 1995 season at Robert Morris, Delsite ran the men's and women's track & field squads on an interim basis.
While at the helm of Robert Morris, Delsite received a master's degree in business administration with a concentration in sport management. He served as the graduate assistant to the director of compliance and student services, where he assisted in all aspects of eligibility, financial aid and recruiting for athletes.
Delsite adds some international flavor to the coaching staff as well. In 1990, he competed in the Junior World Championship in Plovdiv, Bulgaria and finished as the triple jump runner-up at the 1990 TAC Junior National Championship in Fresno, California as a member of the USA Junior National team.
A native of Elysburg, Pa., Delsite was named the No. 28 selection on the Press Enterprise's Top 50 Sports Figures of the Century list in 1999. In 1996, Delsite was inducted into the Bernie Romanoski Athracite Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.
Delsite and his wife Jennifer resides in Pittsburgh, Pa. with their children Benjamin and Lydia.