Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Old Dominion adds a male assistant to its coaching staff

Wow, Old Dominion has a guy on its coaching staff!

Tom McConnell, who spent four years as a woman's assistant at Colorado, is the final hire of Karen Barefoot's coaching staff, joining Adrienne Goodson and Amaka Agugua.  He will work with ODU's new head coach in game planning and player development, while also serving as the academic liason.

McConnell spent seven seasons as head men's coach at St. Francis, including the 1997-98 season when he led the Red Flash to a 17-10 mark, the first winning season in a decade. He also had assistant jobs with men's teams at Wake Forest, Marquette and the University of Dayton.

The former head coach for the Pittsburgh Women's AAU basketball team that won the national championship in 1984, McConnell is brother to two-time Olympian Suzie McConnell-Serio, a former All-American at Penn State who is now head coach at Duquesne. Another sister, Kathy, is an assistant with the Tulsa Shock.

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