Wade O'Connor is in his first season as the associate head coach at Southern Miss. Prior to joining the Golden Eagles, O'Connor served as the associate head coach at Morehead State for the previous two seasons, where he assisted with all aspects of the program, including recruiting, scouting and game planning.
O'Connor was on board for the 2010-11 season, which saw MSU finish 25-10 overall, 14-1 at home, 13-5 in the Ohio Valley Conference, win the OVC Tournament and upset Louisville in the NCAA's round of 64.
O'Connor worked with two Eagles that season that went on to sign professional contracts. Kenneth Faried, a two-time OVC Player of the Year and the NCAA's all-time leading rebounder, was taken 22nd overall by the NBA's Denver Nuggets. Demonte Harper went on to play for KK Cibona VIP Zagreb in Croatia's top pro league.
A long-time Division I assistant coach, O'Connor came to Morehead State after a two-year stint as an assistant coach at Western Carolina. While at WCU, O'Connor helped lead the program to 38 wins over two seasons, including a school-record 22 victories in 2009-10.
Western Carolina participated in the 2009 CollegiateInsider.com Postseason Tournament. The Catamounts also became the last non-Big East Conference team to defeat Louisville in Freedom Hall.
Prior to WCU, O'Connor was the head coach at St. Catharine College (Ky.). In four years at SCC, he led the Patriots to 94 wins. In 2005-06, St. Catharine finished 25-6 overall and captured a share of the school's first-ever Tennessee Junior and Community College Athletic Association (TJCCAA) regular-season championship. The Patriots were also ranked as high as 16th in the country by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) that year.
Before his stop at St. Catharine, O'Connor spent 10 years among the Division I coaching ranks. From 1994-96, he was on Billy Donovan's staff at Marshall. The Thundering Herd won the Northern Division of the Southern Conference in their first season together.
From 1996-2000, O'Connor spent time on Oliver Purnell's staff at Dayton. In 1997-98, Dayton went 21-12 and earned a bid to the National Invitational Tournament (NIT). The Flyers made the NCAA Tournament two seasons later after winning the Atlantic-10 Conference's Western Division with 22 victories.
O'Connor was the recruiting coordinator at Tulane from 2000-04. He helped develop Linton Johnson, who spent time with the NBA's Phoenix Suns. O'Connor's 2002-03 recruiting class was ranked 29th in the country.
O'Connor has also coached and developed over 50 players who have gone on to sign a professional contract.
He earned a bachelor's degree in physical education from Bridgewater State College (Mass.) in 1994.