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Coach Profiles

Head Coach

4th Season


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Dan grew up in Champaign, Illinois. He attended Eastern Illinois University. After gaining a Masters Degree in Physical Education from Bemidji State University in 1976, Dan joined the Peace Corps as National Tennis Coach to the Kingdom of Lesotho.The International Tennis Federation employed Dan to conduct clinics throughout Africa from 1985 to 1991.In 1991, after 15 years based in Africa, Dan was appointed the ITF Pacific Oceania Development Officer. During his career with the ITF, Dan visited over fifty nations to conduct or review / improve a variety of development programs.

Since the 1980’s, Dan assisted NMMI, to identify over 40 international student/athletes to receive NMMI scholarships. In addition to Dan’s tennis duties at NMMI, Dan also co-ordinates the Oceania Junior College Scholarship Program for the Oceania Australian Foundation and the Oceania National Olympic Committees; he is the past Joint Secretary General of the Oceania Tennis Federation and serves as Secretary of the Fiji Tennis Association.

Dan is married to Isabel O’Connell. Their sons William and Tony attended NMMI.


- Contact info for Coach O'Connell -


Phone: 575-910-2246