St. John’s Announces Interim Head Coach of Boys’ Basketball

St. John’s has appointed Patrick O’Connor as interim head coach of the boys’ basketball program.

Entering his eighth year serving the St. John’s community, O’Connor has taught in the Benilde Program, coached the freshman boys’ basketball team, assisted the varsity boys’ basketball team, and for two years served as dean for the Class of 2024. 

Most recently, O’Connor and the varsity program completed one of the most successful seasons in St. John’s history. Galvanized by Pat Behan’s courage after his ALS diagnosis, O’Connor and the St. John’s community rallied to achieve a 32–4 record and a WCAC championship. Throughout the season, St. John’s earned a No. 14 ESPN national ranking, No. 5 Ball is Life Fab50 national ranking, No. 5 MaxPreps national ranking, and No. 1 Washington Post ranking for multiple weeks.  

During his previous seven seasons as a varsity assistant, the Cadets earned a 147–59 record and sent 19 players to compete at the collegiate level, most recently headlined by 2023 DC Gatorade Player of the Year and Harvard commit, Malik Mack ’23.

Outside of his roles at St. John’s, O’Connor is the director of the Pro Skills Basketball Club program in Washington, DC, and runs the DMV 3v3 League each fall. 

Before his time at SJC, O’Connor taught and coached at E.L. Haynes Public Charter School and was a four-year letter-winner, three-time Academic All-Conference team member, and two-time captain on Washington and Lee University’s men’s basketball team. 

He has demonstrated his commitment to the Lasallian mission of St. John’s through his various responsibilities over the last seven years and is excited to represent the school in his new role as interim head coach. O’Connor is passionate about how the St. John’s experience, supplemented by basketball, can be the foundation for a life of faith, respect, and community.  He understands the legacy of the boys’ basketball program and is committed to guiding all members of the basketball program to represent the school at the highest level on and off the court.

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