Emma DeLira has served as both an Assistant Coach and Interim Head Coach for Women's Cross Country and Women's Track & Field.
DeLira completed her fifth season as an assistant coach with the Pomona-Pitzer Women's Cross Country and Track and Field programs in 2017 after a standout collegiate career at Azusa Pacific University.
In 2010, DeLira helped Azusa Pacific to an NAIA national championship in track and field while running the Marathon, finishing with a time of 3:28:02. She also finished in the top 50 nationally in the NAIA Cross Country national championships in 2009, helping APU rank No. 4 in the country.
Prior to competing for Azusa Pacific, DeLira ran for two years at Mount San Antonio College, where she served as a team captain. She placed in the top five in both the 5K and the 10K at the California State Championships.
DeLira's running experience has extended outside of college as well, as she ran the Los Angeles Marathon in 3:26:40 in 2008 to qualify for the Boston Marathon, where she ran a 3:28:45 in April of 2009. She also finished third among women at the Pasadena Half Marathon in 2010, finishing in 1:28:07.
Her running career has continued, but now off the roads and on the trails instead. Trail running is how she chooses to express her competitive spirit, and it has paid off with victories in races like the Leona Divide - 50K and the Ray Miller 50K among others. She hopes to build on those victories and continue racing on the trails and eventually a 100 mile ultra race.
A double major in history and English, DeLira graduated from Azusa Pacific in 2012. A USATF-certified coach, she has also coached high school cross country/track at Diamond Ranch, and most recently at the Webb Schools in Claremont, beginning in February of 2013.