Ryan O’Connell will enter his third season as a full-time assistant men's and women's cross country and track and field coach at Wheaton College during the 2018-19 academic year.
O’Connell came to Wheaton College after a one-year stint as assistant track and field coach at Bridgewater State University where he worked with both the men’s and women’s middle distance and distance runners.
O’Connell got his coaching start at his alma mater, Springfield College, and he spent two seasons as the graduate assistant. He worked with the cross country and track and field programs and focused on the distance and middle distance runners.
As an undergraduate at Springfield, O’Connell was a four-year member of the cross country and track & field teams served as captain for cross country for two years and captain for the track and field team for three.
As a Cross Country athlete, he qualified for nationals twice, earned NEWMAC All-Conference honors three times, and earned New England D3 All-Region honors three times. As a Track and field athlete, he qualified for nationals once in the 1500m, earned New England D3 All-Region honors eight times, earned All-Division New England honors twice, and earned NEWMAC All-Conference honors once. He currently still holds the Springfield College school record in the 1500m with a time of 3:51.
A 2013 Springfield College graduate, O’Connell earned a degree in Recreation and Sports Management and completed his graduate master studies in 2015 when he earned a degree in Athletic Administration.
He has also earned certifications in strength and conditioning, jumps event specialist, and the level 1 technical track and field coaching certification, all from the USTFCCA Track and Field Academy.