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Tom McConnell

  • As of March 18, 2022

Tom McConnell will serve as an assistant coach for the 2022 USA Women's U17 National Team after having been an assistant coach for the 2021 USA Women’s U16 National Team, helping the team to a 6-0 record and gold medal at the 2021 FIBA Americas U16 Women's Championship.  

McConnell has been the head women’s basketball coach at Indiana University Pennsylvania since 2013-14. He has earned Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West Coach of the Year honors in 2018, 2019 and 2020, which is a conference record.

In his seven seasons at IUP, he owns a 197-50 record (.798).

Including seven seasons as the men’s basketball coach at St. Francis (Pa.) from 1992-93 to 1998-99, he owns a career head coaching record of 282-155 (.645) over 15 seasons.

In 2021-22, McConnell led IUP to a 21-9 record. Beginning in 2014-15, IUP has had seven straight 20-win seasons and seven consecutive NCAA Division II Tournament appearances. The Hawks reached the 2018 and 2019 NCAA Division II national semifinal games.

McConnell was an assistant coach for the Old Dominion women’s basketball team in 2011-12 and 2012-13 after spending four years as an assistant coach at the University of Colorado. 

McConnell's head coaching appointment at St. Francis was his second duty at the school, as he was an assistant coach in 1984-85. Between stints at St. Francis, McConnell spent one season as an assistant at Wake Forest University (1985-86), three years at Marquette University (1986-89) and three seasons at the University of Dayton (1989-92). 

After leaving his position of head men's basketball coach at St. Francis following the 1998-99 season, McConnell became the director of youth and campus ministry for the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. He returned to coaching in 2004, while keeping his position with the Diocese, serving two seasons as head boys' basketball coach at Bishop Guilfoyle High School in Altoona.

Prior to joining the collegiate ranks full time, he served as boy's head junior varsity coach and assistant varsity coach at Canon-McMillan High School in Canonsburg, Pa., and as a volunteer assistant men's coach at the University of Pittsburgh in 1982-83.

McConnell was the head coach for the Pittsburgh Women's AAU Basketball Team that won the 1984 national championship and featured his sister, Suzie McConnell Serio, an All-American at Penn State, a two-time Olympian and former head coach of the Minnesota Lynx (WNBA) and the University of Pittsburgh.

He was the director of the Steal City Basketball Day Camp from 1981-87 and has served as the director of The Word and the Rock Basketball Camp and Camp Zacchaeus from 2000-2006.

McConnell earned his bachelor's degree in sociology from Point Park College in 1984. He played two seasons at Davidson College (1980-82), serving as team co-captain as a senior, and two seasons at Butler County (Pa.) Community College (1978-80) where he earned an associate's degree in 1980. He helped Butler to the 1979-80 Skyline Athletic Conference title.

McConnell, the oldest of eight children, comes from a basketball family. He is one of six McConnell siblings who attended college on a basketball scholarship. In addition to Suzie, his sister Kathy has been a basketball coach at the collegiate level.

McConnell and his wife Lisa have six children, Tommy, Ashley, Sean, Luke and twins Christopher and Mary Grace. He also has nine grandchildren. His daughter-in-law Jill was a standout basketball player at Canisius College.

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