by Mark Mohrman, Lafayette Athletic Communications
John O'Connor is in his fifth season as an assistant coach on Fran O'Hanlon's staff. In 2012-13, O'Connor returned to Lafayette for his second stint as an assistant after previously serving as O'Hanlon's assistant for three seasons from 2001-04, two of which were as the top assistant.
O'Connor spent eight years (1993-2001) as an assistant at Drexel where he helped guide the Dragons' basketball program to three NCAA Tournament appearances and two NIT berths. O'Connor worked as the top assistant coach for three years, two under Steve Seymour and one under Bill Herrion.
In his time at Drexel, the men's program played in five America East Conference Tournament championship games in eight seasons. O'Connor helped develop 22 All-League players in his tenure, seven of which were first-team selections. At Drexel, he implemented a computerized recruiting program and worked primarily with both frontcourt and perimeter players.
Prior to joining the Drexel coaching staff, O'Connor served as an administrative assistant at Villanova University, working with Steve Lappas who was in his first season with the Wildcats' program.
O'Connor graduated from Penn State in 1983 with a bachelor's degree in Exercise Physiology. While attending the University Park campus, he also earned his teaching certification.
In recent years, O'Connor has spent time coaching three different age groups in the Sonny Hill Basketball League. Additionally, he spent one season (1988-89) as the head freshman coach at Bishop McDevitt High School and also served as the assistant varsity and head junior varsity coach at Germantown Academy from 1987-89.
O'Connor, a native of Philadelphia, is married to the former Fay McColl.
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