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MSC’s Kevin O’Connor named one of 50 impactful coaches in men’s JUCO basketball

April 20, 2020

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MSC Men’s Basketball Coach Kevin O’Connor has been named one of 50 impactful coaches in men’s JUCO basketball by Silver Waves Media.

O'Connor led the Aggies to a 25-6 record and a 14 seed in this year’s NJCAA Championship Tournament, the team’s first NJCAA tournament berth in recent history. The Aggies were also ranked in national NJCAA Division I polls for the first time in program history when they received a 21st-place ranking in the January 27, 2020 poll. Over the next four weeks, the Aggies rose as high as 10th place and rode a 13-game winning streak into the last two weeks of the season.        

For more details on the honor and to read the article about this year’s impactful coaches, visit https://www.silverwavesmedia.com/news_article/show/1101204.  Additional honors for O’Connor this season include being named HoopDirt.com Junior College Coach of the Week in early February and being named the NJCAA Division I Region II Coach of the Year for the 2019-2020 season.

“MSC men’s basketball is being led by an extraordinary coach, and we couldn’t be more proud of him and this team’s accomplishments.  Even the disappointment of cancellations and lost opportunities to compete at the national level can’t overshadow the winning spirit of Coach O’Connor and the Murray State College Men’s Basketball Team,” said MSC President Joy McDaniel.

O’Connor was named head coach of the men’s basketball program at MSC in July 2017 after serving as assistant coach and assistant athletic director at Arizona Western College since 2015. During his time at AWC, O’Connor assisted in back-to-back 20-win seasons, including a Region I Conference Regular Season title and Region I Conference Tournament title in 2016-2017. O’Connor was instrumental in the recruitment of several key players, including the Freshman of the Year in 2016-2017. While at Arizona Western, O’Connor coached one Second Team All-American, four First Team ACCAC All-Conference selections, and one ACCAC Player of the Year

Prior to Arizona Western College, O’Connor spent one season at Hopkins Academy in Massachusetts working with the men’s and women’s basketball teams and then spent two seasons as a graduate assistant at Kansas State University while working on his master’s degree. O’Connor also worked as a student manager for four years at the University of Illinois.