Born in Wicklow, Reilly (34) is the daughter of coach Noreen O’Reilly. Stephanie Reilly started athletics at Dee Athletic Club, where she competed in sprints, middle distance and cross-country. In her late teens she began to excel at middle distance and settled on this area of competition.
In 1996, at 18-years-old, she became triple Irish national champion in the 800m, 1500m and 3000m. She also represented the Irish National Team at the European Junior Cross Country Championships in 1996.
Reilly went to Providence College, Rhode Island, on an athletics scholarship in 1997. She graduated in 2001, having been part of two New England Championship teams in 1998 and 1999 and one BIG EAST Conference Championship team in 1997.
She was named indoor track team captain in 2000 and outdoor captain in 2001.She was an NCAA provisional qualifier in the 3000 meters in 1998. In 2004, she received her Masters degree in Guidance and Counselling from Providence College.
In 2005, Reilly married Paul Reilly, a Providence College team-mate from Loughrea, Co Galway.
After serving as the interim head coach for the 2007/08 season, Reilly was appointed head coach of the Bryant men’s and women’s cross-country/track & field teams in July 2008.
In her first year at Bryant, Reilly guided the men’s cross-country team to a fourth-place finish at the Northeast-10 Conference Championships with the women finishing in ninth. Senior Nicole Radzik captured the Conference Individual Championship and would later finish first at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships.
During the indoor season, Bryant’s men’s and women’s indoor track & field squads placed fourth at the NE-10 meet and would both finish fourth in the conference outdoor championships.
First in action on 4 August in the heats. Start time is 10am.
2012: European Athletics Championships, Helsinki, Finland. Twelfth in the 3,000m steeplechase.
2011: World Championships, Daegu, South Korea. 3,000m steeplechase. Eighth in heats.
2010: European Championships, Barcelona, Spain. Tenth in the 3,000m steeplechase heats.