Outlaws Hire O'Hara as Assistant Coach
from staff reports
DENVER — The Denver Outlaws have hired B.J. O'Hara as an assistant coach, the team announced on Thursday. O'Hara will enter his ninth Major League Lacrosse season in 2012. He served as head coach of the Rochester Rattlers before being let go midway through the summer.
"Since joining Major League Lacrosse, the Denver Outlaws, in my opinion, are one of the premier organizations in the League and are first class in every respect," O'Hara said. "As an MLL coach, I have had many outstanding battles against the Outlaws over the years and I am really looking forward to being on the Outlaws' sideline and helping the team to strive toward its ultimate goal of bringing the Steinfeld Cup to Denver."
Overall, O'Hara has posted a 206-164 (.557 pct.) record in 33 years as a lacrosse coach. His teams have reached the postseason 18 times under his guidance, including nine NCAA Championships and one MLL Title. Additionally, he served on the selection committee of the U.S. Men's National Team that earned the 2010 FIL World Championship. O'Hara has coached 101 NCAA All-Americans and MLL All Stars during his career.
"We are very excited to have B.J. join our organization," Outlaws General Manager Tony Seaman said. "He brings a wealth of Major League Lacrosse coaching experience and knows what it takes to win in this league. B.J. is a Hall of Famer who has found success at every level of the game."
O'Hara began his professional coaching career with the Rochester Rattlers in 2003, and remained with the franchise until its move in 2010. He led the Rattlers to their only Steinfeld Cup in 2008, and reached the MLL semifinals three other seasons (2004, '05 and '07). With the Rattlers' move to Toronto, O'Hara was hired as the head coach of the Chicago Machine prior to the 2010 season. After one year in Chicago, the team relocated to Rochester, and promoted O'Hara added general manager responsibilities to his title.
Prior to joining the professional ranks, O'Hara worked as an assistant coach at Syracuse University for two seasons, helping the school to an NCAA Division I Championship in 2002 and back to the NCAA Semifinals in 2003.
O'Hara spent 12 seasons (1990-2001) as the head coach at his Alma Matter, Hobart College, where he led the Statesmen to three NCAA Division III Championships and a total of six NCAA Tournament selections (four at the Division III level and two at the Division I level). He was named the 2000 Patriot League Coach of the year after leading Hobart to the conference title and Division I NCAA Tournament. Under his guidance, Hobart posted a 90-63 overall record (.606), including a 43-46 (.483) mark in the school's first years of Division I competition.
O'Hara's first head-coaching experience came at Dartmouth College, where he coached both men's lacrosse and women's soccer (1986-1990). Before making the move to Dartmouth, he spent five seasons (1982-86) as an assistant lacrosse/soccer coach at Hobart, where the Statesmen earned NCAA Division III Lacrosse Championships each season. He served as an assistant coach at North Carolina State University in 1978-79 before becoming head coach at Alfred University, which was followed by one season as an assistant coach at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
A member of the Hobart College Athletics Hall of Fame, O'Hara was a four-year letterman and two-time All-American who served as team captain during his senior season with the Statesmen (1975). He ranks second on the school's all-time goals scored list (163), fourth in points (280) and fourth in assists (117). O'Hara played on the school's first national championship team in 1972.
O'Hara was inducted to the U.S. Lacrosse Regional Hall of Fame – Western N.Y. Chapter in 2011 in addition to being named to the U.S. Lacrosse Regional Hall of Fame – Upstate N.Y. Chapter in 1993. He was chosen to represent the MLL in the selection of the 2010 U.S. Men's National Team, which went on to win the gold medal at the 2010 FIL World Championships. From 1994-99, O'Hara was a member of the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Committee where he was responsible for championship selection and operation, along with rules advisement for Divisions I, II and III. He served as the President of the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association from 1998-2000.
O'Hara holds a master's degree in educational psychology and counseling from Slippery Rock (Pa.) University. He began his coaching career at West Genesee High School in Camillus, N.Y., where he enjoyed a distinguished lacrosse and soccer career. He currently is the owner and director of CNY Roadhawks LLC, a non-profit lacrosse program that he helped found. The organization works to provide the highest level coaching and competitive experience for high school players, assist in college search/recruiting consultation and provide scholarship help for those students with financial need. The program currently has approximately 300 students enrolled from various schools in Upstate New York.