June 4, 2013
Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina Director of Athletic Performance Evan Barr has filled his staff, most recently adding Daniel O'Connell as the Athletic Performance Assistant.
O'Connell joins Barr and Assistant Director of Athletic Performance Nick White, both of whom are within their first year at WCU. His role within the WCU Athletic Performance - formerly known as Strength & Conditioning - staff will be assisting with Catamount football, basketball, track and women's soccer, as well as day-to-day weight room duties.
While on-campus, O'Connell will also be pursuing a Master of Health Sciences (M.H.S.) degree with a nutrition concentration.
O'Connell comes to Cullowhee most recently from the University of South Carolina where he spent the past four months interning with the Gamecock Strength & Conditioning. While in Columbia, he assisted with the strength and conditioning programs for football, aiding in the nutrition program for the squad and working with the rehabilitation of injured football student-athletes. He additionally worked with men's and women's track & field, and the men's soccer team, as well as general weight room set-up and maintenance.
Prior to moving into intercollegiate athletics, O'Connell worked for a pair of fitness centers including the Credit-Suisse Fitness Center in New York and FM Global Fitness Club in Providence, R.I. At both, he worked with clients on proper nutrition and personalized workout plans.
O'Connell is a 2011 graduate from the University of Rhode Island where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Sciences and Services with a minor in Kinesiology. He was a four-year letter winner with the Rams' football team and was a special team's captain. Following his graduation, O'Connell played professionally in Europe with the Nokia Ghosthunters in Finland, additionally coaching on the Ghosthunters' staff working with the skill players, serving as the junior team defensive coordinator and implementing an in-season weight lifting regimen.