Montclair State Football Assistant Coach to be Inducted into Newark Athletic Hall of Fame
Added by Jessica Guerra on August 20, 2013.
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Rich O’Connor, who is a longtime assistant coach for the Montclair State football team, will be honored for his exceptional coaching accomplishments at the Newark Hall of Fame on Thursday, October 24th.
O’Connor, who will become the fourth Montclair State coach to be selected for induction, will join head football coach Rick Giancola, softball head coach Anita Kubicka, and head men’s basketball coach Ted Fiore. O’Connor will be a part of the 25th Anniversary Class.
This will be O’Connor’s third Hall of Fame honor. He is a member of the Hall of Fame for St Mary’s High School in Rutherford, as well as the Essex County Football Coaches Hall of Fame.
This is his 31st season as an assistant with the Red Hawk football team. O’Connor operates as the offensive coordinator. In his tenure, the football team has qualified for five postseason appearances, which includes three NCAA Playoffs appearances in 2009 and 2010. Furthermore, since joining the football staff in 1983, Montclair State has won 10 New Jersey Athletic Conference championships and has earned fifteen postseason bids.
But O’Connor hasn’t only helped out the football team. He spent 18 seasons on the diamonds of Pittser Field and Yogi Berra Stadium with the Montclair State baseball team as the Associate Head Baseball Coach for both Kevin Cooney and Norm Shoenig, who are Montclair State Hall of Fame inductees. During these 18 seasons, the baseball team won six New Jersey Athletic Conference championships and participated in the NCAA Division III World Series on nine occasions, winning the national championship three times (1987, 1993, and 2000).