Tom O'Connor

Tom O'Connor, '75

Began his rugby career as a freshman in 1971 and played on some of the best teams in FURFC history in 1972 and 1973. His teammates selected him to numerous leadership positions including Treasurer of the 1973 England/Wales tour. One of the most respected and beloved ruggers in FURFC history.

"Oakie" began his rugby career after Fairfield as a flanker for the Essex RFC. In 1976 he was part of the Essex team that completed an undefeated season in Met Union play, winning the Met Union Championship. After moving closer to home to the Connecticut Yankees in 1979, he also began a distinguished coaching career.

The highlight of Tom's coaching career was his four-year stint as the FURFC head coach from 2004-2007 during which time his teams won 30 games. He was a founding member and the prime mover of the Friends of Fairfield Rugby where he continues to serve as a board member.

Admired, respected and beloved as a Fairfield rugby "Lifer," Tom has been the backbone of the FURFC support team following a distinguished career as an outstanding player and coach.

Career highlights include:
  • Winner, Hans Grauert Service award - 1974
  • FURFC Captain - 1975
  • Founding Member and Board Leader of the Friends of Fairfield Rugby