Erin O'Reilly enters her fifth season as middle distance coach for the Boston College track & field team. She came to the Heights after spending nine seasons as an assistant track and field coach at West Virginia, her alma mater.
In her five years at the Heights, O'Reilly has coached four NCAA qualifiers in the women's 800m, including sophomore Caitlin Bailey. Bailey, as a freshman, qualified for the NCAAs in both the indoor and outdoor seasons. Bailey also has the school record in the 800 and has been a three-time ACC medalist.
O'Reilly also coached BC's last 800m conference champion, Melissa Sherman. Sherman was also the first BC national qualifier in the 800. In addition to Sherman, Kathleen Smyth earned the 1000m-champion crown at the 2005 ECACs
From 1993 to 1998, O'Reilly served as a post-collegiate Olympic Trials Coach, where she was responsible for the training regimen and evaluation of Trials athletes. In addition to daily coaching, her responsibilities included recruiting and managing the financial aspects of the program. She is also a member of the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Rankings Committee.
O'Reilly boasts an impressive resume in collegiate competition as well. She served as captain of West Virginia's cross country and track captain and was the Atlantic 10 mile and 3,000-meter champion. She holds the Atlantic 10 record in both of those events. She also holds seven West Virginia University records in cross country and track. O'Reilly was an NCAA Provisional Qualifier in the 3,000 and was also the ECAC champion in the 1,000.
O'Reilly earned her B.S. in physical education from West Virginia in 1993. In 2001, she earned a master of science in athletic coaching from West Virginia.