University Communications

Immaculata Names New Male Soccer Coach

Seamus O´Connor has been named the first head men´s soccer coach at Immaculata University. He is a native of Galway, Ireland, and currently resides in Marlton, NJ with his family. The first priority of Coach O´Connor is the recruitment of male student-athletes as Immaculata anticipates the enrollment of its first coeducational class in the traditional undergraduate college for fall 2005.
Coach O´Connor comes to Immaculata from the Reading Rage of the United Soccer Leagues (USL) Premier Development League (PDL), the fourth division on the professional soccer ladder. In his first and only season at the helm, he combined with new Immaculata assistant coach Jody Roberts, to direct the team to an 8-8-2 record and a close miss in qualifying for the U.S. Open Cup – a substantial improvement over the team´s 2-12-2 record from the previous season. While coaching the Reading Rage, Seamus supervised the development and entry of the Rage´s youth organization into the USL´s Super Y League, our country´s national youth league.
Seamus is a former collegiate player for Athlone Institute of Technology in Ireland. While in college he trained with League of Ireland clubs Athlone Town and Longford Town. His soccer education includes a Football Association of Ireland (FAI) Coaching License, FAI Goalkeeping License, National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) State Diploma, NSCAA Advanced Regional, NSCAA National License, NSCAA Level 1 Goalkeeping and NSCAA Level 2 Goalkeeping.
As head men´s soccer coach, Coach O´Connor will oversee the daily operations of the men´s soccer program which includes on-field coaching during games and practices; coordinating scouting and recruitment; developing players; assisting in
fundraising; and arranging for team travel.
Immaculata University, a Catholic, coeducational institution, is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.

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2.2.2005