He is one of the most versatile athletes in WPI history. He is also one of the most decorated. He is Brian Daly, who competed for WPI in three different sports-soccer, swimming & diving, and track & field.
Few athletes in WPI's storied varsity sports annals have earned as many as 12 letters in a career. In fact, no one has accomplished that feat since Brian did so in 1991. Imagine, if you will, competing on the soccer team, which begins preparation in the summer. That season generally ends in early November. Swimming & diving begins immediately thereafter (no chance for rest), and goes right through to the beginning of March. And March is when the track season gets under way.
Yet all that activity didn't seem to slow down this athlete in the slightest. As a freshman, Brian led his soccer team, scoring three goals. As a sophomore, he scored six goals and added four assists for 16 points, again leading the team. As a junior, he scored six goals and added three assists for 15 points, and as a senior, he scored five goals and added two assists for 12 points. All this was under the watchful eye of head coach Alan King.
It was as a diver that Brian made his mark during the winter, at one point setting a WPI record for most points in a meet, for head coach Whit Griffith.
In track & field, Brian attained All-New England status in each of his four years on the squad for head coach Merl Norcross. As a freshman, he was part of a WPI 4x100 relay team that made All-New England. As a sophomore and junior, he made All-New England as a long jumper. As a senior, that honor came in the triple jump.
Very few athletes in WPI history have ever captured four major athletic awards, one each year. Brian earned the Coaches Award (top freshman), the Leo S. Jansson Award (top sophomore), the Poly Club Award (top junior), and the Varsity Club Award (top senior). While at WPI, he was a member of Chi Epsilon and Tau Beta Pi; he was elected a member of Skull.
Today, Brian and his wife live in Stoneham, Mass.; they have one son. Brian works as a project engineer for Metcalf & Eddy and is in charge of the design, construction, and startup of water and wastewater treatment facilities. Brian ran in the Boston Marathon last April, raising more than $8,000 for the pediatric wing at Massachusetts General Hospital. And he still plays soccer!
For all his superb achievements, it is with great pride that WPI inducts Brian Daly into its Athletic Hall of Fame.