My job in Munster: Ken O'Connell, Coach Development Officer
Published 22/05/2015 | 02:30
Ken is married to Sharon and they have four children, two boys and two girls, and they live in Whites Cross, Cork.
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.