Fort Hayes State University's newest head football coach is one of Mount Diablo's own. Tim O'Connor, '86, who was a highly recognized and recruited football prospect, has been chosen to fill the position.
After a hectic recruiting season in his senior year at MDHS, O'Connor selected Boise State University, as former MD coaches were then coaching at Boise. Herb Criner, former MD head coach was now an assistant athletics director at Boise and Lyle Setencich, former MD assistant coach, was the Broncos' head coach.
Tim began his freshman year, after a red shirt season, as the starting weak side linebacker and remained at that position his entire career. Tim is ranked as the 8th leading tackler in the BSU press guide.
Upon graduation from Boise, Tim coached as a graduate assistant at UNLV. He then moved onto Fort Hays State University where he is currently the head fooball coach of the FHSU Tigers.
O'Connor is the 20th football coach in Fort Hays' history and replaces Jeff Leiker. He just completed his ninth football season at FHSU, fourth as the team's defensive coordinator.
Under his leadership, the Tiger defensive unit has been one of the top defenses in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.