Hoboken, NJ – Stevens Institute of Technology Head Men’s Soccer Coach Tim O'Donohue has accepted the position to become the Associate Head Coach at the University of Connecticut, it was announced on Tuesday morning. O’Donohue spent the last 10 seasons leading the Stevens men’s soccer program to unprecedented success and a record of 165-22-22.
“I would like to thank Russell Rogers (Branchburg, N.J.) and the Stevens community for the opportunity to work at such a great institution,” said O’Donohue. “It has been an honor to represent Stevens over the past 10 years.”
O’Donohue took over the men’s soccer program in the middle of the 2001 season and immediately began an amazing run that saw the Ducks reach the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Soccer Championship nine times in 10 years including making the tournament eight-straight seasons from 2003-2010. Going into this year’s NCAA’s, the Ducks had a .650 winning percentage in tournament play which was sixth all-time. O’Donohue ends his Stevens career with an 11-6-5 mark in the tourney. The Ducks reached the National Championship match in 2008 and the team made the Sweet 16 six times in nine tries.
Stevens has also found itself ranked in the final National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll for eight-straight years and are one of just four teams in the nation to have reached the tournament for eight (or more) consecutive seasons (14 – Messiah College; 9 - Trinity University (Texas), 8 – Stevens; 8 – Dominican University.)
After joining the Empire 8 in 2007, Stevens went on to win the conference title in each season it was a member of the league. Prior to the four consecutive E8 championships, the Ducks won the Skyline Conference Championship in 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006.
“I have had the privilege to coach many great players during my time at Stevens, and I will cherish all the wonderful memories,” added O’Donohue. “We have built something special and I could not be more confident in the program moving forward. This year’s team has a lot of experience and talent, and I know that it will be another great year for the Ducks.”
Four of O’Donohue’s players were honored as first-team NSCAA All-Americans in 2009 and 2010 and 12 players have received All-America accolades during his career in Hoboken. There have been 39 NSCAA All-Region performers, five CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, and 77 all-conference athletes over the last 10 years. Seven times O’Donohue coached the conference Player of the Year and he was named the Skyline and Empire 8 Coach of the Year one time each in addition to being named the East Region Coach of the Year in 2003.
O’Donohue’s .842 winning percentage is amongst the nation’s best and is the best in Stevens history.
“We want to wish Tim well with his new opportunity at the University of Connecticut and sincerely thank him for all that he has done for our men’s soccer program and the entire athletic department,” Stevens’ Director of Athletics Russell Rogers said. “Tim’s record and all of his accomplishments at Stevens speak volumes but what people won’t see on paper are the countless number of student-athletes he mentored and had such a positive impact on during their experience at our institution. Stevens men’s soccer is positioned for success well into the future and Tim’s leadership, hard work and dedication have played a major role.”
O’Donohue will join 15-year head coach Ray Reid (Storrs, Conn.) and his staff early next week. Reid's record at UConn improved to 200-70-34 in 2010 after earning his 200th victory at the institution, a 2-0 win over DePaul in the first round of the 2010 BIG EAST Men's Soccer Championship. UConn battled to an overall record of 12-2-6 in 2010 en route to its 31st overall and 13th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.
“The opportunity to be part of the University of Connecticut is very exciting,” O’Donohue said. “I am looking forward to being a Husky and working for one of the best coaches in the country. I leave Stevens with the fondest of memories and am excited about the new challenges that lie ahead at UConn.”
In 2010, the Huskies spent every week ranked in the top-25 of the NSCAA/HendrickCars.com poll, finishing the regular season ranked ninth in the country. The Huskies moved as high as No. 2 on October 5 after opening the year unbeaten at 7-0-2.
Connecticut reached the national semifinals in 1999 and won the national championship in 2000. A scholastic soccer star at Brentwood High School (N.Y.), Reid was an all-region selection at Suffolk Community College before transferring to Southern Connecticut prior to the 1980 season. His overall record as a collegiate soccer coach is 346-87-49.
“Tim O’Donohue brings a wealth of experience to our program,” said Reid. “His accomplishments at Stevens Institute of Technology speak for themselves.” He’s an outstanding recruiter as well as a great on-field coach. We are excited to add him to our family.”
Stevens is in the process of conducting a national search for the next head men’s soccer coach.
About Stevens Institute of Technology
Founded in 1870, Stevens Institute of Technology, The Innovation University™, lives at the intersection of industry, academics and research. The University's students, faculty and partners leverage their collective real-world experience and culture of innovation, research and entrepreneurship to confront global challenges in engineering, science, systems and technology management.
Based in Hoboken, N.J. and with a location in Washington, D.C., Stevens offers baccalaureate, master’s, certificates and doctoral degrees in engineering, the sciences and management, in addition to baccalaureate degrees in business and liberal arts. Stevens has been recognized by both the US Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Excellence in the areas of systems engineering and port security research. The University has a total enrollment of more than 2,350 undergraduate and 3,600 graduate students with almost 450 faculty. Stevens’ graduate programs have attracted international participation from China, India, Southeast Asia, Europe and Latin America as well as strategic partnerships with industry leaders, governments and other universities around the world. Additional information may be obtained at www.stevens.edu and www.stevens.edu/news.