TEMPE – Solar Satan Soccer head coach Kenny Dillingham introduced that he’ll retain Joe Connolly as this system’s Head Coach of Soccer Sports activities Efficiency. Connolly has served that place for the final 5 seasons at ASU.
“There wasn’t even a query that Joe Connolly was the fitting man for this job,” Dillingham stated. “His identify was one I used to be aware of lengthy earlier than I returned to Tempe and he was one of many first individuals I sat down with once I arrived. Joe is famend within the energy and conditioning world for his consideration to element and the outcomes of his work ethic on the student-athletes he trains. He’s a consummate skilled and we’re privileged to have the ability to preserve him in Tempe.”
Constructing and directing a proficient workers underneath the diet, sports activities science, and sports activities efficiency sector, Connolly has elevated the usual of energy coaching at Arizona State. As ASU Soccer’s head coach of sports activities efficiency, Connolly has developed, personalized, and instilled a proprietary coaching system distinctive to every particular person. Connolly’s reign as Head Coach of Soccer Sports activities Efficiency has additionally included the implementation of latest expertise and gear.
“I am undecided anybody may have listened to Coach Dillingham’s opening remarks as the top coach for this program and never be excited to have the chance to work with him,” Connolly stated. “I’m really honored and excited to take that keenness and power and carry it over into the load room this offseason. Arizona State is particular to me and I’m excited to proceed being part of this college.”
Connolly was named a Grasp Power and Conditioning Coach (MSCC) by the Collegiate Power and Conditioning Coaches affiliation (CSCCa) earlier this season. The distinction is the very best given within the energy and conditioning teaching career, and the ceremony is the spotlight of the affiliation’s nationwide convention annually.
“That is an unimaginable honor for Joe,” CSCCa Chief Govt Officer Scott Bennett stated on the time. “Being named a Grasp Power and Conditioning Coach signifies a dedication to the student-athlete, the Arizona State athletic program, and the energy and conditioning career. We’re honored to have Coach Connolly as a member of our affiliation and to have him be part of the ranks of the Grasp Power and Conditioning Coaches. He’s really a mannequin of an excellent energy and conditioning skilled.”
In his 5 seasons with the Solar Satan soccer program, Connolly labored with a number of gamers that at the moment are thriving on the subsequent degree, together with standout NFL rookies this season Rachaad White and Jack Jones. His program performed an enormous position in serving to Solar Satan broad receiver Brandon Aiyuk develop into a 2020 first spherical draft, making it consecutive years that ASU had a receiver taken within the first spherical. Working again Eno Benjamin was additionally chosen in that draft and remains to be on the lively roster with the Arizona Cardinals.
The record of pros he labored with throughout his time at ASU additionally consists of 2019 NFL draft selections WR N’Keal Harry (first spherical) and Renell Wren (fourth spherical), who had been beneficiaries of working with Connolly. Previous to the draft Wren was singled out as a participant who had raised his draft profile on the NFL mix the place the previous Solar Satan defensive lineman had a breakout efficiency. Additionally working in Connolly’s program previous to skilled careers had been 2019 NFL rookie free agent signees OL Quinn Bailey, DB Jalen Harvey, OL Casey Tucker and QB Manny Wilkins.
The 2021 Solar Satan Soccer roster featured a number of future NFL gamers, together with Rachaad White, Jones, Chase Lucas, Darien Butler and D.J. Davidson who all reworked their our bodies after arriving in Tempe, making them candidates to be drafted or signed as free brokers.
Connolly joined ASU from UMass, the place labored primarily with the soccer crew. In his first 12 months with this system, Connolly helped develop Elijah Wilkinson – a 6-6, 329-pound offensive lineman who signed with the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent and concluded the 2018 season as a starter on the Denver offensive line.
Connolly additionally oversaw the energy and conditioning growth of tight finish Adam Breneman. In 2017 Breneman was named to the USA TODAY Faculty Soccer All-American Crew as one of many two finest tight ends within the nation. He completed the 2017 marketing campaign because the top-ranked tight finish within the nation for receptions per recreation (5.8) and second for many receiving yards per recreation (69.5). Breneman grew to become simply the third Minuteman chosen to a serious, nationwide All-America crew.
A local of Barnstable, Mass., Connolly arrived in Amherst after seven seasons working with the soccer program on the College of South Carolina with Corridor of Fame coach Steve Spurrier. Throughout his time with the Gamecocks, he coached 45 NFL Draft picks, together with the 2014 No. 1 choice Jadeveon Clowney. The Gamecocks went on to 6 straight bowl video games, profitable the SEC East in 2010, and went 5-2 in opposition to in-state rival Clemson throughout Connolly’s tenure. South Carolina was additionally one in every of three Energy 5 groups that gained 11 video games for 3 consecutive years.
Previous to his arrival in Columbia, S.C., Connolly served as an assistant energy and conditioning coach on the College of Louisville. He labored with the Cardinal soccer program, primarily specializing in the ability place gamers. Connolly started his skilled profession at Harvard in 2007, aiding with all 41 sports activities, together with the league’s championship soccer crew. He was employed as a full-time assistant energy and conditioning coach with the Crimson in 2008 and served as the top energy and conditioning coach for males’s volleyball whereas persevering with to help with the opposite applications.
Connolly holds a Grasp of Science in bodily schooling with a focus in energy and conditioning from Bridgewater State, graduating magna cum laude in 2007. He’s a 2004 graduate of the College of Hartford, the place he earned levels in prison justice and sociology. He was a four-year letterwinner in baseball and was given the Senior Award for nice sportsmanship and perseverance. Connolly is Power and Conditioning Coach Licensed (SCCC) by the Collegiate Power and Conditioning Coaches’ Affiliation (CSCCA) and Licensed Power and Conditioning Specialist by the Nationwide Power and Conditioning Affiliation (NSCA).
Connolly is a present competitor in Olympic weightlifting, drug-free powerlifting, Highland video games and strongman competitions. He’s joined in Tempe by his spouse Shalona and daughter Cali, who was born in August of 2021.
Bowl Recreation Expertise:
2009 Papa John’s Bowl
2010 Chick-Fil-A Bowl
2011 Capital One Bowl
2012 Outback Bowl
2013 Capital One Bowl
2014 Independence Bowl
2018 Las Vegas Bowl
2019 Tony the Tiger Solar Bowl
2021 Las Vegas Bowl