Mark Connolly enters his sixth year as the indoor and outdoor sprint coach at Merrimack College.
He has helped coach back-to-back NE-10 Track Rookies of the Year in the form of Carly Muscaro (2013-14) and Noelia Figuereo (2012-13) and helped Muscaro become the first-ever individual qualifier in program history for the NCAA National Championships.
Under Connolly's guidance in 2014-15, rising junior Carly Muscaro ran to back-to-back runner-up finishes and All-America recognition in the 400-meter dash at the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championship. Muscaro also ran the second-fastest 400-meter time in New England outdoor history in May of 2015, as Mendes and the coaching staff helped her train and compete at the 2015 USATF Indoor and Outdoor Championships.
Connolly has three years coaching experience at Lynn English High School as an assistant coach. At Lynn English, he focused on sprints and field events. In both 2009 and 2010, his 4x100m relay team qualified for and participated in the New England High School Championships.
Connolly is a USATF Level 1 Certified coach who has served for six years as coach and clinic instructor in the summer youth program for Merrimack Valley Striders Running Club and later Going the Distance, Fernando Braz' Track program.
Connolly is a 1987 graduate of the College of the Holy Cross where he majored in Economics. He holds an MBA from Boston College, Carroll School of Business.
Specializing in the 400 meters and middle distance events at Holy Cross, Connolly was a captain of the 1987 Crusaders’ indoor and outdoor track teams. In 1985, he was the Eastern Conference Champion in the 600 yards. He held the Holy Cross school record in the 500 meters for 21 years.
Prior to Holy Cross, Connolly graduated from Austin Prep where he captained the cross country, basketball and outdoor track teams. He was the recipient of the Austin Prep Scholar–Athlete award and was named track and field MVP of The Catholic Conference in 1983.
A native of Andover, Mass., Connolly resides in Wilmington, Mass., with his wife, Becky and their two children Joseph and Fiona.