A member of the Towson University Athletics program for nearly 32 years, Dan O'Connell was named as Towson's Director of Athletics Media Relations in August, 2011.
O'Connell, who has served as the Associate Director of Athletics Media Relations at Towson since 1979, replaces Peter Schlehr, who recently retired as the Director of Athletics Media Relations after 36 seasons. His retirement was effective on June 30, 2011.
"In the business of media relations, creating and maintaining relationships and evolving with the ever-changing job are two key components for success and Dan O'Connell has done that in his almost 32 years in the business," said Senior Associate Director of Athletics for External Affairs Michael Harris. "We are excited to have Dan move up and oversee this vital area of our department and believe his energy, personality and skill set are the right fit."
He will continue to serve as the primary contact for the Tiger football, gymnastics and baseball teams while providing support for every other sport.
A native of Fairfield, Conn., O'Connell joined the Tigers program in 1979 when Towson was moving up to NCAA Division I status. He came to Towson after spending two years as the Sports Information Director at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
A 1976 graduate of Loyola College, he began his career in athletics public relations during his undergraduate years at Loyola. He served as Loyola's Assistant Sports Information Director from 1974 to 1976.
A long-time member of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), he is the Vice-Chair for Publicity and Communications for CoSIDA's prestigious Academic All-America® Committee. A member of the Academic All-America® Committee since 1987, he has one of the longest tenures of any committee member. In 2008, he was honored as the winner of the Lester Jordan Award, presented annually to recognize contributions to the Academic All-America® Program.
The recipient of many publications awards from CoSIDA, his 2009 football media guide was rated as second in the nation in the Football Championship Subdivision.
A member of the Eastern College Athletic Conference Sports Information Directors Association (ECAC-SIDA) Executive Board for eight years, he served as the president of ECAC-SIDA during the 2005-06 academic year. In 2008, he was selected as the winner of the Irving T. Marsh Service Award, presented to recognize excellence in the field of sports information.
From 1998 to 2003, he was the Public Relations Director of the East Atlantic Gymnastics League when Towson was a member.
A member of the Towson University Athletics Hall of Fame selection committee, O'Connell has worked with nearly every sport during his tenure with the Tigers.
In addition to his duties at Towson, he has been a member of the official statistical crew for the Baltimore Ravens for six years. From 1994 to 1995, he served as the official statistician for the Baltimore Stallions of the Canadian Football League (CFL).
A 1971 graduate of Fairfield Prep in Connecticut, he worked as a sports reporter for The Fairfield Citizen from 1969 to 1971. He was also the sports editor of Loyola's student newspaper for two years.
He is the father of two adult daughters. His oldest daughter, Erin, is a 2007 graduate of the University of Maryland Law School who earned her undergraduate degree from UMBC in 2004. She is currently an attorney with the Social Security Administration in Baltimore.
His youngest daughter, Maureen, is a recent graduate of Towson University where she worked in the Athletic Media Relations Office as a student assistant. She is currently the public address announcer for several Tiger sports.