Ged O’Connor accepts position at Division I Troy University

Ged O’Connor accepts position at Division I Troy University

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SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo Head Women's Soccer Coach Ged O'Connor has resigned in order to accept a head coaching position at Troy University.

"I am very happy for Ged and his new position in collegiate soccer," said Francis X. Reidy, Saint Leo's director of athletics. "He has been a tremendous coach and team member for the last 15 years at Saint Leo. He built a winning culture as evidenced by multiple Coach of the Year awards, Sunshine State Conference titles, SSC tournament titles, and NCAA post-season appearances."

"He recruited some amazing young women, and has built a great foundation for the next coach. We wish him and his assistant, Joe Connon, all the best as they move on to their new challenge," said Reidy.

O'Connor recently completed his 11th year at the helm of Saint Leo women's soccer, guiding the Lions to the 2016 Sunshine State Conference regular season and tournament championship. Saint Leo made its seventh NCAA tournament appearance this past season, and finished the season with a 13-4-1 overall record, 7-1-1 in the SSC. All seven NCAA tournament appearances by Saint Leo women's soccer have come with O'Connor at the helm.

Over his 11 seasons, O'Connor has posted a 123-66-12 overall record, and led the program to four SSC championships.

"I want to thank Mr. Reidy and Tony Paris for taking me on initially when I was a little kid 15 years ago. It's been an honor, and it's been a privilege" said O'Connor. "Saint Leo's been my home and I'm sad to be leaving, but I'm looking forward to the new opportunity that I've got. Saint Leo's always going to have a special place in my heart, and I look forward to keeping up with the Lions in the future years. I wish everyone here the very, very best."

"I want to thank all my players – past and present – for everything during my years here at Saint Leo. They've made all our accomplishments possible," said O'Connor.

A national search for a new Saint Leo head women's soccer coach will commence immediately.

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