Brian O’Connor begins first season as head coach after three seasons as an assistant with the Prairie Fire. He was an assistant coach with Coach Sheikh for his alma mater, Illinois College, in 2014 when the Blueboys advanced to the Midwest Conference tournament for the first time since 1993.
In 2015 O’Connor translated his experience playing as an attacker in the lower leagues of Germany to help coach Knox’s offensive players. The Prairie Fire ranked third in the country in goals scored per game. They also scored the most goals in program history.
In 2016 O’Connor’s recruiting helped bolster the Prairie Fire’s depth so the team didn’t skip a beat after two record-setting seasons. The result was a team that was one of the best in the region.
O’Connor holds an NSCAA diploma and is set to complete his Master's in Athletic Administration in December of 2018.
A four-year men’s soccer letter winner at Illinois College, O'Connor earned All-Midwest Conference honors as a senior attacking midfielder in 2009 and helped lead the team to its best season in 16 years. He joined the U.S. Army after graduating in 2010 and served tours of duty while stationed in Germany and Afghanistan.
A native of Pleasant Plains, Illinois, O’Connor and his wife Sarah reside in Galesburg with their baby boy, Declan. The family enjoys spending free time on Knox’s beautiful campus and watching all Knox athletic events.