Evans to step down as head coach of Brandeis cross country and track and field

IMAGE: In a cutout between torn pieces of paper, Sinead Evans talk to some of her runners

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Brandeis University head coach Sinead Evans, who has guided the Judges'men's and women's indoor and outdoor track and field teams for the past 10 seasons and men's and women's cross country teams for the past nine, will be stepping down, Director of Athletics Lauren Haynie announced today.

"I am really grateful for the opportunity and privilege to have worked with and coached so many wonderful student-athletes, and to be a part of their college journey," Evans said. "I want to thank Lauren, Lynne, and the Brandeis administrative staff for all of their incredible support during my time here. I wish everyone in the Brandeis family all the best going forward. I will continue to watch and cheer for the Judges."

"Throughout her tenure at Brandeis, Sinead has built a strong legacy of success," said Haynie. "Our student-athletes, staff, and the department as a whole are incredibly grateful for her time here, and we wish her the best both personally and professionally." 

Since taking over from her husband John Evans prior to the indoor track and field season in 2013, Evans has been successful in every facet of leading her programs. The Judges have had 17 athletes qualify for NCAA Division III championships in 11 different track and field events, while her 2018 and 2021 women's cross country squads both reached their respective NCAA championships, placing sixth and 20th, respectively. Evans coached student-athletes to 14 All-America honors and three individual and relay national championships, with Emily Bryson '19 claiming titles in the mile and 3000m indoors, the 1500m outdoors, and as part of the winning distance-medley relay team in 2019. More recently, first-year TJ Carleo became Brandeis's first male to compete in the NCAA Championships in the 800-meter run in more than a decade. In all, seven of her student-athletes earned Brandeis's Male or Female Athlete of the Year awards. Off the track, her student-athletes earned Academic All-University Athletic Association honors 681 times over the past decade. 

Evans will be leaving the Waltham campus on June 30th to pursue other opportunities. Brandeis will begin a national search for her successor.