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

Sunday, May 6, 2012

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.”