Brian O’Connor was named Town of Montgomery Citizen of the Month for October at the town board meeting Thursday.
He is a long-time coach within the community, teaching Montgomery’s youth the fundamentals for more than 10 years.
“He was nominated by parents living within the Town of Montgomery who have seen him impact our young people over many years as a coach for soccer, basketball and baseball,” said Montgomery Town Supervisor Brian Maher.
O’Connor began coaching back in high school. He coached his younger siblings’ teams, as a way to give back to the community and improve their skills. When he got to college, he coached several high school varsity, junior varsity and middle school teams.
O’Connor’s experiences coaching inspired him to become a teacher. He currently teaches fifth grade science at Seven Bridges Middle School in the Chappaqua Central School District.
After moving to Montgomery he began coaching his children’s youth soccer, basketball and baseball teams.
“The pay is not as good for coaching the little guys around town but I wouldn’t have given up any of the minutes or hours on the field or in the gym with these little guys,” he said.
O’Connor added that he has enjoyed watching the children he has coached mature both physically and emotionally. Coaching has enabled him to spend quality time with his own children as well as others.
“It was just really hitting me how much bigger and stronger the players looked,” he said after watching his daughter’s soccer game on Sunday. “It seemed like only yesterday they were running around as eight-year-olds who couldn’t kick the ball very far.”
O’Connor also relishes the friendships that have blossomed from the youth sports he has coached.
“That’s been the coolest part, to be a small part in some of those relationships and connections that are being made that could result in childhood and lifelong friendships,” he said.
Nominations for citizen of the month can be sent to Maher at firstname.lastname@example.org.