Written by: Owen Boyle
As of Monday afternoon, Temple Women’s Soccer is left without a head coach.
Seamus O’Connor, who led Temple for the past seven years, has resigned from his head coaching position, the University announced Monday.
The resignation comes after the Owls finished with a 5-9-5 record in 2019 and missed the AAC Postseason Tournament (2-5-2, AAC).
O’Connor was introduced as the program’s head coach in June 2013 after serving in an assistant role for two seasons before that.
O’Connor compiled a 50-73-11 record during his tenure and advanced to the American Athletic Conference playoffs four times in seven seasons. The height of O’Connor’s tenure was 2015 when the Owls won 12 games, which is a program record. In the same season, Temple finished 4-4-1 in conference play, the team’s best since joining the conference in 2013.
The Owls failed to reach the .500 mark in the next two seasons before bouncing back in the 2018 campaign, where they earned a conference tournament berth and knocked off two ranked opponents.
“This was not an easy decision,” O’Connor said in a University press release. “But it is time for me and my family to look for a new challenge in the soccer world.”
Athletic Director Dr. Patrick Kraft will lead a national search to find the right person for the head coaching position.
“We wish [O’Connor] all the best in his future endeavors,” Kraft said in the press release. “We will begin a national search to find the right person to lead the program forward and I am confident that with our support of the program, we will attract a strong pool of coaching candidates.”