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Billy O'Conner promoted to head coach of Xavier baseball program

Billy O'Conner promoted to head coach of Xavier baseball program (XU Athletics)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - After a decorated playing career and four years as an assistant on the Xavier baseball staff, Billy O'Conner was named the program's seventh head coach on Tuesday.

"Billy is the full package when it comes to his playing, coaching and recruiting experience," said Xavier Director of Athletics Greg Christopher. "His passion for Xavier, mind for the game and tireless recruiting efforts have made him an invaluable part of our coaching staff during some great years for the program. More than that, I know he will continue our commitment to developing young men as students and people in addition to competitive baseball players. Billy has a bright future in coaching and I am excited to see the program continue to grow under his direction."

O'Conner recently completed his fourth season as an assistant on the XU staff during the 2016-17 season, helping the Musketeers to a third BIG EAST Championship in four years and a second straight NCAA Tournament Regional Final.

“This opportunity is a dream come true for me," said O'Conner. "It’s an unbelievable feeling to grow up in the Xavier community, have the opportunity to play baseball at Xavier and now have the opportunity to represent the university and the baseball program as the head coach. This school and this program truly are home to me. I could not be more excited to help to build on a great foundation already in place."

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Information courtesy Xavier Univ Athletics

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