---- — By The Daily Item
LEWISBURG -- One of the Valley's all-time great high school track and field athletes is returning home.
Southern Columbia High School graduate Bryan Delsite has been named an assistant track and field coach at Bucknell University.
Delsite had been the head coach at Duquesne University for the last 15 years. The appointment was announced Monday by Bison men's and women's head track coach Kevin Donner.
Delsite, a former resident of Elysburg, won four PIAA Class AA championships, three in the triple jump and one in the high jump, breaking the then state record in the triple.
He was inducted into the Bernie Romanoski Anthracite Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.
"We are very excited to add a coach with Bryan's experience to our staff," said Donner. "He did an incredible job at Duquesne, which does not have an indoor or an outdoor facility. I have always been impressed with his coaching techniques and how well his athletes have responded to his personality. He is very familiar with our recruiting areas as well as the present student-athletes on our team."
Delsite was named head women's coach at Duquesne prior to the 1998-99 season. He helped start Duquesne's men's track and field program in 2001 and was named head men's coach in 2003, leading the Dukes to a fifth-place finish in the Atlantic 10 in his first year at the helm.
Delsite went on to earn four Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year awards, highlighted by his being named both Men's and Women's Coach of the Year at the 2005 A-10 Outdoor Championships. He has coached 83 all-conference performers and four A-10 Championships performers of the meet, and every Duquesne men's and women's track and field record has been set under his watch.
Delsite's Duquesne programs excelled in the classroom as well. Since 1998 his Dukes teams produced 11 national CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, 12 Atlantic 10 Scholar-Athlete of the Year selections and 81 members of the Atlantic 10 Academic 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 Duquesne from 1996-98.
Delsite graduated from Syracuse University in 1993 with a degree in nutrition and food management, and he was a standout jumper on the Orange track and field team. He won three Big East championships in the triple jump and two more in the long jump, and he qualified for the NCAA Championships in 1992.
Delsite was a three-time team MVP and was a two-time recipient of the Neil Pratt Award given annually to a student who has exemplified outstanding leadership and lifestyle. He was also a two-time Academic All-District selection and a member of the Big East Postgraduate Scholarship Team.
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, Calif., as a member of the USA Junior National team.
Before coaching at Duquesne, Delsite served as the assistant men's and women's track and field and cross country coach at Robert Morris from 1994-96. He was interim head coach of the men's and women's track and field teams in the spring of 1995.
Delsite and his wife Jennifer have three children, Benjamin, Lydia and Sarah.