Returning for his fourth year with Shawn Finney and the Tulane Basketball program is assistant coach Wade O'Connor. O'Connor came to the Green Wave after four years as an assistant coach at the University of Dayton.
"Wade is a tireless worker and is a huge asset for Tulane as we work at building this program," Finney said. "His efforts in recruiting, as well as his knowledge of the game, are invaluable."
O'Connor was a key factor in the rebuilding of the Dayton men's basketball program under head coach Oliver Purnell. The Flyers had suffered through a miserable four-win season in 1993, but by 1997-98, O'Connor's second year, Dayton had cracked the 20-win plateau and earned a bid to the NIT Tournament. The 1999-2000 season was the culmination of the coaching staff's efforts as O'Connor helped guide the Flyers to a 22-9 overall record and the Western Division title in the Atlantic 10. Dayton closed the year by making its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 10 years.
The fourth-year Green Wave assistant was no stranger to turnarounds. Prior to his time at Dayton, O'Connor served as the men's basketball administrative assistant at Marshall University for two seasons. The Thundering Herd, led by head coach Billy Donovan, had also reversed its fortunes. In the year prior to Donovan's arrival, Marshall won just nine games. However, the team jumped to 18 wins in 1994-95 and won the North Division Championship of the Southern Conference.
O'Connor is a graduate of Bridgewater State College in Bridgewater, Mass. A native of Somerset, Mass., he played on two Massachusetts Division I Boys Basketball Championship teams at Durfee High School (1989 and 1990). After playing at Massaoit Community College in Brockton, Mass., O'Connor played one year at Bridgewater State. After that season, he began his coaching career as an assistant at East Bridgewater High School. Upon graduating from Bridgewater State in 1994 with a bachelor of science degree in physical education, O'Connor moved to the position at Marshall.