July 9, 2009
Brian O'Connor has been named the 2009 CollegeBaseballInsider.com National Coach of the Year. It marks his second national coach of the year honor, as he was given the same award by the College Baseball Writers Association during the College World Series. O'Connor was also the American Baseball Coaches Association Atlantic Regional Coach of the Year.
The head coach led the Cavaliers to their best season ever, as they recorded a 49-15-1 record. The 49 wins marked the most in school history. The 2009 campaign saw the Cavs take the ACC Tournament Championship, win their first NCAA Regional, win the NCAA Super Regional, and make their first College World Series appearance. Virginia was eliminated by Arkansas in 12 innings to end its season in Omaha on June 17.
In his six season at UVa, O'Connor has taken the program to new heights. He holds a 216-101-1 record as head coach, and his teams have appeared in the NCAA Tournament in each of the six seasons he had been head coach. A large majority of the 2009 team will return in 2010, leaving many to believe that the best may be yet to come.
Click on the above video link to hear O'Connor's thoughts on winning his postseason awards.