STORRS, Conn. – After spending five seasons in Storrs, helping the Huskies to 68 wins, former UConn men’s soccer associate head coach Tim O’Donohue has accepted an offer to become the head coach at Navy, as announced by the school on Friday.
Since joining the Husky coaching staff prior to the 2011 campaign, O’Donohue has helped guide the program to four NCAA Tournament berths, including three-straight Quarterfinal appearances from 2011-13. Working under 20th-year head coach Ray Reid, O’Donohue played an integral part in leading the program to a pair of regular-season conference championships in 2012 and 2014.
“Tim will do a fantastic job at the Naval Academy,” said Reid. “He checks all the boxes – he can coach, he’s a big-time recruiter, he’s an effective communicator and great leader of men. We were fortunate to have him here in Storrs for as long as we did and many of the players on our team right now are are the result of his efforts. He will be missed. We are appreciative of all that he has brought our program over the last five seasons and wish him, his wife Virginia, and their children Tadgh and Tierney, all the best in Annapolis.”
Under his guidance in the last five seasons, 13 former Huskies have heard their name called as part of the MLS Draft, including back-to-back first overall selection in 2013 (Andre Blake) and 2014 (Cyle Larin). Connecticut became the first school in history to notch two-straight MLS SuperDraft top picks and boasts six first round selections since O’Donohue’s arrival.
Before coming to UConn in 2011, O'Donohue spent the previous 10 seasons at Stevens Institute of Technology. After taking over at the helm of Stevens in 2001, O'Donohue kept the Ducks in the top-20 of the NSCAA poll for eight consecutive seasons. During his tenure, Stevens reached the third round of the NCAA Tournament in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009. O'Donohue left Stevens with the fourth-highest winning percentage all-time at any level of college soccer with a .844 winning percentage based on a record of 165-21-23. O'Donohue led the 2006 Ducks to an undefeated record while the 2008 squad advanced to the NCAA National Championship.
Four of O'Donohue's players were honored as first-team NSCAA All-Americans in 2009 and 2010 and 12 players have received All-America accolades during his career at Stevens.
Seven times O'Donohue coached the conference Player of the Year and he was named the Skyline and Empire 8 Doug May Memorial Coach of the Year one time each in addition to being named the East Region Coach of the Year in 2003
A 1995 graduate of Muhlenberg College with a degree in English, O'Donohue was a four-year starter and helped lead the team to four-straight NCAA Tournament appearances including a berth to the 1995 Final Four. He was inducted into the Muhlenberg Athletics Hall of Fame as part of the 1995 men's soccer team.