Sunday, May 6, 2012

Katie O’Connor returns to KU women’s basketball staff


Katie O’Connor is returning to the Kansas University women’s basketball coaching staff.

O’Connor, who served 10 years under head coach Bonnie Henrickson, most recently at KU from 2005-11, spent last season as an assistant at Virginia.

She’ll replace Tory Verdi, who left KU to become head coach at Eastern Michigan.

“We are very excited to welcome Katie back to the Kansas family,” Henrickson said. “She is a passionate coach whose experience and knowledge will be beneficial for our program. Obviously, her familiarity with the Big 12 Conference and Kansas will also be huge assets.”

While O’Connor was at Virginia, the Cavaliers went 25-11 in 2011-12 and advanced to the WNIT quarterfinals for the second-straight season. O’Connor worked with the team’s post players, a role she previously held at Kansas and will take over once again upon her return.

“I am extremely excited to be a part of the Jayhawk program again,” O’Connor said. “This was a very unique opportunity for me, and I look forward to continuing to build success at Kansas.”


Tom Shelton 9 years, 4 months ago

You can never make a Hokie into a Hoo, or Moonshine does not mix with Zima !! It only took one year for Katie to figure it out.

Dirk Medema 9 years, 4 months ago

So does anyone know why she left and then returns 1 yr later? Seems odd.

big12ku 9 years, 4 months ago

I think so too, dagger 108. I mean she supposedly left KU a year ago and took the job at Virginia to be closer to home then one year later she's back at KU. Also, the Virginia website indicates her reason for leaving as health reasons, but then she comes back to KU as an assistant coach in a conference that is more competitive and I would gather more stressful to coach in than Virginia. Something's amiss. Lucy you have some esplaining to do!!!

In any event let's hope she's not part of the problem but part of the solution and that the girls continue building from their successful season.

no_fan 9 years, 4 months ago

Well well well. While I'm not surprised HCBH wanted her minion back it does surprise that KU Administration signed off on it as i suspect Katie was persuaded to leave in the first place. It is a well known fact that Katie O's documented physical and verbal abuse of the players during her tenure became a concern for the parents, players and staff at KU and validated by the fact that Katie apologized to the team for her behavior upon her reintroduction to the team Those young ladies were miserable when Katie was there. The fact that she was not on the sidelines and HCBH finally scratched her style of coaching and let the team play contributed to their success this season. While I'm a firm believer in second chances I'm hoping with Katie knowing "all eyes are on her" that she'll control her behavior and coach. Otherwise the team has legal recourse to hold the administration accountable for their decision We can't afford another mark mangino scandal Welcome back Katie O.

Clarkeee22 9 years, 4 months ago

Wait how is this a well known fact? I never saw any of that out of Katie O and I thought she did a great job while here.

microball 9 years, 4 months ago

This is a joke. They did not win before while Katie O'Connor was previously on the coaching staff, why would things keep looking up for the future for the program rehiring her? It seems that the two previous coaches who left made the big difference with the program. Why not bring in someone who has a better resume or was there no other applicants interested? Well, it was a good ride this season. I am afraid to say but back to the WNIT.

bigslickhawk 9 years, 4 months ago

The success of the program last year had NOTHING to do with the assistants that left. The failure in prior years had nothing to do with the assistants. Unless you think Katie O'Connor caused Angel to tear her knee twice! It all had to do with a fully healthy and prior a unhealthy PG in Angel Goodrich!!!! If she wasn't healthy last year, we are probably looking for a new coach. It's just that simple. We saw what that young lady can do all by herself with the ball in her hands. You might say HCBH should have had the ball in her hands more than Davis, but it is hard not give the ball to someone shooting 60% plus from the field.

Your comments are way off base IMO and as long the Goodrich stay's healthy again next year, it will be a good/great season. Do you think the football assistants at Baylor were dumb prior to RGIII or was it just that RGIII is that good? Were the assistants at Atlanta just dumb prior to Mike Vick? Davidson men couldn't win the 1st Rd of the NCAA tourney, is he a bad coach just maybe didn't have a guy named Curry!

I really hope one of the guards HCBH has signed has some of Angel in her or you might be correct in the WNIT the following year.


microball 9 years, 4 months ago

Lmao! According to you the TEAM does not need any other guards. Your entire post is saying Angel did it all by herself! Why does it matter if the other guards coming in are as good as Angel, the TEAM does not need them. Angel is the TEAM all by herself, at the sound of the whistle she tipped the ball to herself, caught the ball, dribbled, passed, shot, rebounded ALL BY HERSELF! What a amazing player! IMO your a little off base. Angel is a good player but sorry can't give ALL credit to her, RGIII and whoever else play a TEAM sport for winning. If that was the case Delle Donne would have beat our team all by herself.

kubiggestfan 9 years, 4 months ago

Truth be told, aishah has always been the unsung hero for this team for the past few years. Our concern needs to be in finding someone to replace her. Did so many things, yet got so little recognition. Hope she goes on and do well at the next level. This is the one player that will be missed most on the court.

kubiggestfan 9 years, 4 months ago

The success of the program this past year was not just attritutable to Angel, nor Carolyn....It took the entire team! As you might know, it was unfortunate that Carolyn Davis went down or Angel the year(s) she did, as an injury always hurts any team. This team started to bond and win more games when all players were contributing. Basketball is a team sport and I have never seen one player win a game, nevertheless a championship by themselves. Angel and Carolyn are both good players, but don't think for one minute that they got to the Sweet Sixteen by themselves and their talent alone....There was lots of supporting cast members on this team sacraficing their game for the better of the team. Anyone knowing this system, knows that it is only designed for one or two players each year to succeed.

As for the coaches on the sidelines, I truly believe that coaching is about motivating and getting the best out of your players and some coaches do, some don't. The two coaches that left seem to have that personality about them that made the girls want to give 110% to the game and the University. I attended lots of games, and I could see the desire on the girls face this year, as opposed to previous years....NOT THE SAME LOOK.

Concerning the WNIT....Yes we may be going back to the WNIT if we go back to playing the 1-2 game as you are speaking of. If I remember correctly, it was more than Angel that went to the Sweet Sixteen....It took all 10 of them, even Carolyn on the sidelines to pull off the wins with supporting her teammates....THERE IS NO I IN TEAM !!!!

Time will tell, as soon as you know it the season will be here again. Good luck to the ladies and if they want to get back to the NCAA Tourney, it will have to be a collective effort as we saw during the NCAA Tournament run.

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