Kevin O’Connor, Class of 1965

Currently the Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations for the NBA’s Utah Jazz, Kevin was Farrell’s first varsity basketball captain, and went on to serve as the team captain at Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina his senior year.

He served in the Army from 1969-71, then returned to Staten Island where he coached the JV basketball team at Curtis.

His college coaching career began as an assistant coach at Virginia Tech, where he helped the team win the 1973 NIT championship.  Kevin also coached at Virginia Military Institute, helping the team reach the Elite 8 in the 1976 NCAA tournament.  He was also an assistant coach at the University of Colorado before becoming head assistant under legendary coach Larry Brown at UCLA, where he helped lead the  Bruins to the NCAA championship game in 1980.

His professional career includes serving as an NBA scout for the Nets, Trail Blazers and Clippers, and Director of Player Personnel for the Philadelphia 76ers for two seasons.  He served as a Utah Jazz scout for three seasons before being named VP of Basketball Operations in 1999, and then to his current position in 2002.

The longtime Jazz executive stepped down from his demanding day-to-day duties as general manager in 2012 after calling the shots in player acquisitions since taking over in 1999.

Kevin is widely credited with rebuilding the Jazz into a playoff team after the departures of John Stockton and Karl Malone and then following the surprising exits of Jerry Sloan and Deron Williams.

He and his wife, Linda, reside in Salt Lake City, Utah.  They have three children:  Katie, Adam and Lindsay.  Their fourth child, Brian, is deceased.

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