Michael O’Connor helped lead the men’s basketball program to its most successful four-year run in team history. The Farmington, Conn. native was a four-year starter at guard and two-time All-Conference performer, serving as team captain his junior and senior seasons. O’Connor holds the program’s all-time record for assists (480) and his 161 career steals rank fifth. He is among 23 men’s basketball student-athletes to reach the 1,000-point milestone (1,025), while his 102 games started and 105 games played rank second and fifth in program history, respectively.
O’Connor made an immediate impact during his freshman season in 1999-00, as he started all 28 contests for a Western New England squad that went 22-6, captured the GNAC championship, and appeared in the NCAA Division III Tournament for the second time in program history. O’Connor was recognized as the GNAC Rookie of the Year for his contributions. The following season (2000-01), Western New England topped the 20-win mark again (20-8) and repeated as GNAC champions with the help of O’Connor, who was named to the GNAC All-Tournament Team. O’Connor’s junior and senior campaigns were highlighted by selections to the All-GNAC Second Team.
In 105 career games, he compiled 1,025 points, 480 assists, 312 rebounds and 161 steals. O’Connor’s teams went a combined 74-35 (.678) and won two GNAC titles with two NCAA Tournament appearances.