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Coach Profiles

Head Coach
DAN O'CONNELL


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Dan grew up in Champaign, Illinois and attended Eastern Illinois University. After gaining a Masters Degree in Physical Education from Bemidji State University in 1976, Dan joined the Peace Corps as the National Tennis Coach to the Kingdom of Lesotho. Dan taught tennis throughout Africa for fifteen years and in 1991, was appointed the first Pacific Oceania Development Officer for the International Tennis Federation.

Besides teaching tennis in over fifty nations, the passion of Dan’s work has always been to secure USA sports scholarships for champion student/athletes in Africa and Oceania. The past two decades Dan has worked closely with men’s coach Gene Hardman to bring 30 international student/athletes to NMMI.


In addition to Dan’s duties at NMMI, Dan coordinates the Athletes of Oceania Scholarship Program for the Oceania National Olympic Committees, is the Joint Secretary General of the Oceania Tennis Federation and is President of Tennis Fiji.


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

 

- Contact info for Coach O'Connell -

Email: daninfiji@gmail.com

Phone: 575-910-2246

 

 

 

 

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