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Fred O'Connor
Fred  O'Connor

Oceanside, NY

Last College:
B.S. Health and Physical Education, East Stroudsbu

Special Assistant to Head Coach


Coaching Experience:
30+ years as a college or NFL coach


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Coaching Experience
2004-present Florida Atlantic University (Special Assistant to the Head Coach)
2000 -2003 Florida Atlantic University (Assistant Coach, QB, RB, and WR)
1984-90 Catholic University of America (Athletic Director and Head Football Coach
1981 Montreal Allouette - CFL (Offensive Coordinator)
1979-80 Washington Redskins - NFL (Offensive Backfield Coach)
1978 San Francisco 49ers - NFL (Offensive Coordinator and Interim Head Coach)
1975-77 Chicago Bears - NFL (QB and Offensive Backfield Coach)
1974 Florida Blazers - WFL (Offensive Backfield Coach)
1973 Villanova University (Offensive Coordinator)
1972 University of Southern Mississippi (Offensive Coordinator QB Coach)
1971 University of Maryland (QB and Offensive Backfield Coach)
1970 Villanova University (QB and Receiver Coach)
1965-69 C.W. Post College (Offensive Backfield Coach)
1964-65 Newfield High School
1962-63 Oceanside High School

Bowl Games as a Coach
1977 Challenge Bowl (Pac 10 All-Stars vs. Big 10 All-Stars)
1976 Senior Bowl

At Florida Atlantic
Fred O'Connor joined the staff along with the current seniors and worked with three groups during their tenure. His first role was with the receivers. Staff assignments were shuffled, he moved to the running backs. Following the 2002 season and more reassignments he moved to the 2004 he began the season as a special assistant to the head coach, however, he easily stepped back into the role of running backs coach following a mid-season vacancy...FAU has, not one but two former NFL Head Coaches, Schnellenberger and O'Connor, on the sideline to work with the signal caller. Last season, Jared Allen ended his junior campaign with a no. 4 national ranking in quarterback efficiency. He completed more than 63% of his passes for a total of 3003 yards for an average of 214.5 per game and a record of 11-3 along the way to a semi-final NCAA finish.

Coaching Accomplishments
-Called offensive plays and led the Chicago Bears to a third ranked offense in the NFL
-Called all plays as Walter Payton set single-game rushing record of 275 yards versus Minnesota -Position coach for three NFL Hall of Fame running backs (Walter Payton, John Riggins and O.J. Simpson)
-Records at Villanova University: no. 1 offense in ECAC; no. 9 nationally pass offense; NCAA record for most offensive plays in a season (932).
-Records at University of Maryland: no. 1 pass offense in ACC; no. 2 in ACC total offense.
-Led Catholic University to best record in school's history.

Prominent Players Coached
• Walter Payton (Bears)
• John Riggins (Redskins)
• O.J. Simpson (49ers)
• Joe Thiesman (Redskins)
• Art Monk (Redskins)
• Virgil Carter (Bears)
• Steve DeBerg (49ers)
• Freddie Solomon (49ers)
• Ray Guy (Southern Mississippi)
• Mike Siani (Villanova)
• Billy "Whiteshoes" Johnson (Montreal)
• David Overstreet (Montreal)
• Vince Ferragamo (Montreal)

Personal Information
Birthdate: September 1, 1939
Hometown: Oceanside, NY
Education: B.S. in Health and Physical Education, East Stroudsburgh University '62. Honored with the University's Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award.
Marital Status: Married 41 years to wife Marge.
Children: Fred, Jr. and Jill Anne
Grandchildren: Fred, III (12), Caitlin (11), Colleen (10), Shannon (9) and Meaghan (7).

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