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Ryan O'Connell

Howmetown:  Normal, IL

Currently resides in:  Normal, IL

College:  University of Illinois, Urbana

Coaching License:  USSF National “D” License (and Masters Level USA Hockey)

Playing experience: - PCSL (and University of Illinois – Hockey)

Like most about soccer:  - possessing the ball

Favorite soccer player:  Megan Rapinoe

Coaching philosophy:  we don’t set off to win championships, we aim to develop champions.  And if we build enough champions, the championships will take care of themselves.

Other useful information:  while still relatively “young” in terms of soccer experience (this will be Ryan’s 5th season coaching girls’ soccer), Ryan brings a unique sense of calm and perspective that comes from having coached 18 seasons of hockey (K – college and all ages in between).  Ryan works as a Senior Financial Advisor for Merrill Lynch http://wealthmanagement.ml.com/wm/system/viewfapage.aspx?pageurl=ryan.oconnell

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