K-M grad, former-Gophers wrestler O’Connor has big aspirations

Chase O’Connor sits about 10 feet from University of Minnesota Athletic Director Mark Coyle.

They’re occupants of the same U of M athletics administration office, Kasson-Mantorville graduate O’Connor showing up 20-25 hours per week as a student worker in that space, taking phone calls and problem-solving them.

O’Connor has gotten to know Coyle well, and from his many conversations with him, has become familiar with his athletic director’s duties.

It’s a position he’d like to have someday. If not at Minnesota, then some other major university.

“I want to keep working in college athletics,” O’Connor said. “My end goal is to be an athletic director at a Division I university. I’m trying to build relationships now with the higher-ups that I’ve gotten to know. I really like (Coyle). He’s easy to relate to. I’m the first person he sees every day when he walks through the door (at work). His office door is 10 feet away from me.”

O’Connor fits the description of someone on the fast-track to becoming an AD. Continue reading at postbulletin.com