Patrick O’Connell joined the Tiger men's basketball coaching staff in June as Director of Student-Athlete Development.
A Baltimore native and a
graduate of Johns Hopkins University, O’Connell was a four-year
standout for the Blue Jays’ basketball team. He was a member of the 2007
Centennial Conference championship team that went 24-5. He was named
team captain and earned all-conference honors in 2010. A first team
All-Baltimore Catholic League guard at Loyola High School, O’Connell
stands second all-time in career steals at Hopkins.
O’Connell has spent the last two seasons as a graduate assistant at Florida State. He assisted 2012 ACC Coach of the Year Leonard Hamilton and his staff with both practices and individual workouts.
“Pat O’Connell is very intelligent and we’re excited to get him back
home,” said Skerry. “Coach Hamilton raved about him being his right hand
guy handling game-day operations the last few years at Florida State.
Obviously that means a lot. He’s a great worker who has a significant
future in coaching.”
At Florida State, O’Connell played a pivotal role in advance scouting, film breakdown and certain aspects of recruiting.
“Pat O’Connell is an outstanding addition to Pat Skerry’s staff at
Towson,” said Hamilton. “Because Pat (O’Connell) immersed himself in so
many different aspects of our program here at Florida State, he has put
himself in a great position to be successful at Towson. What he has
learned in two years as a member of our staff will go a long way to
helping him as he continues his career on the Division I level.
“Pat is a very mature person who always puts the success of our team and
the players on our team above everything,” he added. “We are happy for
Pat but sad to see him leave us because he was an important part of our
staff and helped Florida State win its first ever ACC Championship and
play in two NCAA Tournaments.”
O’Connell earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with a minor
in Entrepreneurship and Business Management from Hopkins in 2010. He
obtained his Master of Science in Sports Management from Florida State
in May of 2012.