O’Connor named Castleton men’s soccer coach
|Castleton State's new men's soccer coach John O'Conner|
Castleton’s Associate Dean for Athletics & Recreation Deanna Tyson is pleased to announce that former NSCAA Division III National Coach of the Year John O’Connor has been named the new head men’s soccer coach at Castleton.
“I feel fortunate that we are able to hire John and look forward to having him and his family join the Castleton community,” said Tyson. “John comes to Castleton with a tremendous soccer background and his philosophy and leadership style will be an ideal fit in our athletic program.”
O’Connor owns an extensive coaching resume that has spanned over 20 years at both the Division I and Division III level. Most recently he served as the head coach for the University of Rhode Island from 2006-2012. During his tenure with the Rams he won an Atlantic 10 Tournament Championship and reached the tournament semifinals on two other occasions. Three of his former players went on to play in Major League Soccer, including Geoff Cameron, who is currently a member of the U.S. National Team and plays for Stoke City of the English Premier League.
“My family and I are delighted to be joining the Castleton family,” said O’Connor. “I'd like to thank Deanna Tyson, Tim Barrett and the search committee for giving me this exciting professional and personal opportunity. Everyone from President Wolk to Scott Dikeman to the players on the team made me feel welcome while I was on campus as well as showed me why Castleton will be such a special place to work.”
In addition to his work at the Division I level, O’Connor also served as the head coach at Division III University of Chicago from 1995-2006. In just his second season the team reached the national semifinal and he was named the NSCAA Division III National Coach of the Year. He reached the NCAA Tournament again in 2001 and his team was ranked in the top 15 nationally. While at Chicago he also served as a professor in the department of Physical Education.
O’Connor earned his Bachelors of Science in Physical Education from the University of Maine-Orono in 1984 and two years later completed his masters in Education. Following graduation he spent five seasons (1990-95) working as an assistant coach at Dartmouth where he was a part of two Ivy League Championships with the Big Green and also reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament.