McConnell named IUP women’s coach

INDIANA, Pa. – Former St. Francis University men’s basketball and Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School boys basketball coach Tom McConnell was named the 10th head coach in the history of the IUP women’s basketball program.

The hiring was announced at a press conference by IUP Director of Athletics Dr. Frank Condino on Tuesday morning at the Kovalchick Complex.

“We feel that Tom McConnell is a great fit for IUP,” Condino said. “He brings three decades of experience on both the men’s and women’s sidelines, ranging from high school to the highest level of Division I college basketball. He also has deep roots in the Pittsburgh area, with both his wife Lisa and son Sean attending IUP, and comes from a strong basketball family.”

“It’s a privilege to be named the new coach at IUP,” McConnell said. “I want to thank Dr. Condino, President Driscoll, Dr. Luckey, and the members of the search committee for this opportunity. It is something that I am extremely excited about and really looking forward to.”

McConnell comes to the Crimson Hawks after spending the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Old Dominion University, which competes in the NCAA Division I Colonial Athletic Association.

A 23-year veteran of the collegiate and high school coaching ranks, he joined ODU in 2011 after spending four years as an assistant at the University of Colorado.

McConnell spent seven seasons as the head men’s basketball coach at St. Francis from 1992-99, where he is tied for second on the school’s all-time list for wins with 85. His most successful season came in 1997-98 when he directed the Red Flash to a 17-10 mark for their first winning campaign in seven years.

McConnell became the Director of Youth and Campus Ministry for the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. He returned to coaching in 2004, while keeping his position with the Diocese, serving two seasons at Bishop Guilfoyle.

McConnell was the head coach for the Pittsburgh Women’s AAU Basketball Team that won the 1984 national championship and featured his sister, Suzie McConnell Serio.