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

Chase O’Connor, Gophers’ go-getter

Chase O’Connor could have played it safe. He could have gone the conventional route.

But that wouldn’t have been the O’Connor way.

This a guy who loves a challenge. It didn’t bother him that he’d never been a state champion, or been on everybody’s recruiting list while wrestling at Kasson-Mantorville.

“I’d gone around and looked at some smaller (colleges),” O’Connor said. “I’d rolled around the mat with some of those guys on my visits, and I felt like I was as good as them or maybe even better. Plus, I knew my ability would keep growing.”

So, O’Connor went big. He chose the University of Minnesota and its tradition-rich wrestling program. Continue reading at www.postbulletin.com