Billy O'Conner returns to the XU staff as an assistant coach following a one-year stint as an assistant at NKU. Prior to coaching at Northern Kentucky, he spent two seasons as a volunteer assistant at Xavier.
O'Conner has managed the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League's Cincinnati Steam for the past three summers, where he led the team to a first-place finish in 2012. O'Conner was named the 2012 Joe Carbone Manager of the Year for his efforts.
After beginning his collegiate career at Indiana University, O'Conner played his final two seasons at Xavier. He helped the Musketeers advance to their first NCAA Division I Tournament after capturing the 2009 Atlantic 10 Conference tournament championship. O'Conner was named the Most Outstanding Player of the A-10 Tournament.
As a senior captain, O'Conner batted .333 with two home runs and 39 RBIs and helped the 2009 team win 39 games, the highest single-season win total in program history. O'Conner was also a member of Xavier's 2008 squad that won the A-10 regular season crown.
O'Conner played two seasons at the professional level after graduating from Xavier. He spent one year as a member of the Texas Rangers organization, playing for the AZL Rangers and Spokane Indians, before playing one season for the Frontier League's Washington Wild Things.
At Xavier, O'Conner proved to be a standout student-athlete both on and off the field. Prior to his stint at XU, O'Connor a key member of the Indiana University baseball team where he eared a Big Ten Conference Scholar Athlete award.
Outside of collegiate baseball, O'Conner has been active with the Cincinnati Reds Community Fund, the Cincinnati Steam summer league team, and the Washington Wild Things and has been active in numerous community service projects including Read Across America.
O'Conner earned his finance degree from Xavier in 2009.