Friday 30 September 2016

My job in Munster: Ken O'Connell, Coach Development Officer

Published 22/05/2015 | 02:30

'It's great to work with like-minded people who are committed to developing future home-grown professional players'
'It's great to work with like-minded people who are committed to developing future home-grown professional players'

Ken is married to Sharon and they have four children, two boys and two girls, and they live in Whites Cross, Cork.

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When did you join Munster?

I previously played for Munster and Ireland and began working for the province in June 2007.

What do you do?

I work in the domestic rugby department. I began my career as an elite development officer in the academy and worked with many of Munster's current internationals.

I was also lucky to be a part of the coaching panel for the British & Irish Cup squad that won the title in Musgrave Park in 2012.

My role within the domestic game also includes 'Coaching the Coaches' and I am involved in facilitating numerous coaching courses. Recently I qualified as an IRFU tutor and enjoy presenting to the next generation of coaches.

What is the best part of your job?

Working with underage players. I also love being out on the pitch with the underage squads and I find it very rewarding seeing these guys go all the way. In heading up a three year programme for the Regional Development Squad at club level, it's great to work with like-minded people who are committed to developing future home-grown professional players which are vital to Munster's future successes.

Most memorable match?

I have two stand out moments - beating Leinster in the B&I Cup semi-final in the RDS in 2012 after extra time is one of them, and winning the Schools Interprovincial title earlier this season is the other.

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