Brendan O'Connor, head men's basketball coach at Otero Junior College, announced Tuesday that he will be resigning his position as leader of the program effective May 21.
O'Connor worked nine years as the assistant coach at OJC under Houston Reed before taking over the program in 2016. He started in 2007 after completing his degree at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota, while working as a student assistant for legendary head coach Don Meyer.
O'Connor cited personal reasons for his leaving his post at Otero, but does so with a sterling level of success over the course of his career. As an assistant coach, O'Connor helped Otero to the 2012 National Junior College Athletic Association Region IX championship and the NJCAA Elite Eight. The Rattlers also played for the Region IX championship in 2013 and finished ranked No. 20 in 2016 as the assistant coach working for then head coach Houston Reed.
O'Connor took the reins as head coach of Otero in May 2016 and has continued the program's winning tradition. He leaves OJC with a 49-14 record in two season. O'Connor's winning percentage of .770 is the best of any head coach in Otero men's basketball history.
This past season, the Rattlers had another historic run as they finished 29-5, broke the school record for regular season wins with 26, won the 2018 Region IX South championship, and clinched an at-large bid (the first in program history) to the 2018 NJCAA Tournament. Otero's trip to Hutchinson, Kansas, was the third in school history and the Rattlers' final NJCAA ranking of 15th is the best in program history.