O'Hara Forced Out at Hobart

O'Hara Forced Out at Hobart

O'Hara Forced Out at Hobart

O'Hara Forced Out at Hobart

GENEVA, N.Y. - Hobart College Director of Athletics Mike Hanna announced this morning that he has requested and received the resignation of Head Lacrosse Coach B.J. O'Hara. O'Hara has served as head coach of the Statesmen for the past 12 seasons.

Just the sixth head coach of Hobart's lacrosse program since 1927, O'Hara oversaw the Statesmen's transition from Division III powerhouse through its elevation to Division I status in 1995. During his tenure, he guided Hobart to a 90-63 overall record (.606), including a 43-46 mark at the Division I level.

O'Hara led the Statesmen to the NCAA Division III National Championship in each of his first two seasons, extending Hobart's streak to 12 consecutive titles. After falling in the 1992 semifinals, he returned the Statesmen to the pinnacle of Division III a year later. In the team's first season of Division I play, he guided Hobart to a 7-6 mark, but suffered back-to-back losing seasons in 1996 (5-7) and 1997 (5-7) for the first time since 1958-59. The team rebounded in 1998 to capture its first Division I tournament bid. After another losing season in 1999, the Statesmen joined the Patriot League. Hobart captured the league championship in its inaugural season and the accompanying automatic bid. O'Hara was selected the 2000 Patriot League Coach of the Year. This past season the Statesmen finished 5-7, suffering losses in six of the team's last seven games.

A 1975 graduate of Hobart, O'Hara was a two-time All-American lacrosse player. He currently ranks fourth in career points (280), second in career goals (163), and fourth in career assists (117).

In 1995, O'Hara was inducted into the Upstate New York Lacrosse Foundation Hall of Fame. In 1998, he was inducted into the Hobart Hall of Fame. He's a past president of the USILA, and sits on the USILA Rules Advisory Committee, and All-American Selection Committee.

O'Hara holds a master's degree in educational psychology and counseling from Slippery Rock (Pa.) University. He began his coaching career at West Genesee High School in Camillus, N.Y., where he enjoyed a distinguished lacrosse and soccer career. He served as an assistant coach at North Carolina State University in 1978-79 before becoming head coach at Alfred University. After a season as an assistant coach at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, O'Hara returned to Hobart as assistant lacrosse and soccer coach.

The Hobart Department of Athletics will begin the search for a new head coach shortly. Hobart and William Smith Colleges are two private, coordinate institutions of higher learning in the liberal arts located along the western shore of Seneca Lake in Geneva, N.Y. Hobart College was founded in 1822 and currently enrolls 868 men. William Smith College for women was founded in 1908 and currently enrolls 982 women. The coordinate system allows the two colleges to share faculty and facilities and provide coeducational classes. However, each college awards its own degrees, has its own dean and admissions office, and maintains its own student government and athletics programs.

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    by (#5329) on 5/25/01 @3:47PM
How does Mike and the alumni feel about the 17 and 18 year young men that were recruited with the understanding of playing for a quality staff like BJ and Ed Stephensen. These guys are more than coaches but real mentors. All the kids have been told pick a school for more than lacrosse but lets face it the staff and the comfort level they feel is a huge part of their decision. Some lucky coach is going to reap the benefits of an outstandig group of incoming players(assuming they all decide to go.)
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Coach O'Hara
    by (#6002) on 5/25/01 @5:04PM
He had the best seminar at the coaches convention in 2000. He was also willing to talk to me after and answer my questions. He will have a new job in no time at all. Good Luck Coach O'hara
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Thank You and Goodbye
    by (#11430) on 5/26/01 @1:40PM
B.J. O'hara was a God as a college player for Hobart. Then he stepped in and coached Hobart when they were a stong D3 power and he helped guide them to a couple of national titles. Hobart went D1 and the story changes, Hobart's lacrosse hero could not perform anymore miracles. The game is just different on the D1 level. O'hara had his chance now it's time for someone new. For a college jam packed with so much lacrosse tradition, it must have been a tough few years for the players as well as the alumni, so much losing is not part of the Hobart tradition. After adding a turf field, and soon to rebuild the locker room facilities, a coaching change is just another step in the right direction for Hobart. The players will be revitalized and probably come back as a completely different team. The talent had been there, but the coaching was not. O'hara lacked the people skills to keep his players improving, confident and most importantly, happy, a change will be good.
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are you kidding
    by (#14048) on 5/29/01 @9:27AM
Where are you getting your information...."lacked the people skills"... are you kidding...BJ is an excellant coach and a great person. He has enough people skills to be selected President of the body that runs college lacrosse. And "the game is different on the D1 level", he took them to the tournament twice...including last year. They had a bad year, yes, but he has had good success at this level... who are they gonna get who is better than BJ.... NOBODY..
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Drumbeats Along the Seneca
    by (#2700) on 5/30/01 @3:58PM
"who are they gonna get who is better than BJ?"

AD Mike Hanna will answer this question very soon. (By the way, he took no particular pleasure asking for BJ's resignation.)
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Can you give us any clues?
    by (#2419) on 5/30/01 @9:50PM
Stephenson, Marc VanArsdale, Tambroni, Dave Urick, Jerry Schmidt? Or is it Babe Krause? Everything is there for the program to achieve liftoff in the near future.
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Gun for Hire
    by (#7737) on 5/31/01 @8:54AM
Rumor in Geneva has it Parcells is being considered for the job.
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Just one problem (nt)
    by (#14226) on 5/31/01 @12:24PM
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I dont believe that
    by (#14226) on 5/31/01 @12:26PM
BJ did not resign - he was fired. Along with a lot of other coaches at Hobart lately. I think it is time for a new AD.
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New Coach
    by (#4742) on 6/13/01 @2:03PM
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