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John O'Connor was named as the first head coach of the Quinnipiac women's golf program, one of two sports added for the 2010-11 season, along with women's rugby. The 2011-12 Northeast Conference Coach of the Year, O'Connor has been at the helm of the Bobcats' women's golf program from its inception. O'Connor previously coached the Quinnipiac men's golf team for three years.
O'Connor enters his fifth season as Quinnipiac's women's golf head coach in 2014-15. O'Connor is coming off an incredible 2013-14 campaign that saw the Bobcats finish second in their first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship in program history. In addition, O'Connor's Bobcats featured the 2014 MAAC Rookie of the Year in Nicole Scola.
In 2012-13, Quinnipiac finished seventh out of 11 teams, while two student-athletes finished in the top 20 out of the 55 NEC student-athlete field. The Bobcats also won their first QU Classic Championship in the tournament's third annual competition.
O’Connor completed his second season as head coach in 2011 with a pair of upsets at the NEC Championship at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla. O’Connor guided the Bobcats, who were tabbed to finish last in the NEC 2011-12 Coaches’ Preseason Poll, to upset wins against Mount St. Mary’s and St. Francis (N.Y.), finishing six strokes ahead of the Mount and 152 strokes better than the Terriers.
Off the links, O'Connor has mentored several student-athletes that have earned NEC and MAAC All-Academic honors. In addition, O'Connor and his squad have been involved in several Positive Play programs, which encourage community involvement by Quinnipiac's student-athletes, coaches and staff.
During his tenure as men's golf head coach, O'Connor was part of the governing Northeast Conference coaches' committe and also served as a representative on behalf of the NEC to the NCAA.