JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (June 9, 2010) - ETSU women's soccer head coach Heather Henson announced the addition of John Conlon to the women's soccer coaching staff on Wednesday. Conlon will work primarily with the goalkeepers, and will be the recruiting coordinator for the Bucs.
"I am excited to have John join our staff," Henson said. "He brings a great deal of experience and some fresh ideas to the program. Having been in the America East and Atlantic 10, he understands a high level of soccer,- and has proven that he can communicate his ideas. We are fortunate to have such a great addition."
Conlon comes to ETSU from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where he served as an assistant on the Minutewomen coaching staff, helping UMass to a fifth place tie after being picked to finish 12th in the Atlantic 10 conference. The 2009 conference tournament appearance for UMass was the first since 2004.
Before heading to UMass, Conlon spent the spring of 2009 as a volunteer assistant coach on the women's soccer staff at Northeastern University in Boston. Conlon was also an assistant coach at his alma mater, University of New Hampshire, from 2006-08 after spending time as a volunteer assistant from 2005-06. While with the Wildcats, Conlon served as the team's goalkeeping specialist among other duties. Conlon was a part of the UNH staff that was named the America East Coaching Staff of the Year in 2007.
With Conlon on the sidelines, the Wildcats advanced to the 2006 America East semifinals after a fifth place finish in the league for the second straight season. In 2007, Conlon helped guide UNH to a first place tie and a share of the America East regular season championship as the Wildcats advanced to the conference tournament championship match. UNH also placed third in the conference in 2008 with Conlon on the staff.
Prior to his time as an assistant coach at New Hampshire, Conlon served as a strength and conditioning intern with the Wildcats from 2004-06 and worked with many of the UNH athletic teams, including track & field and men's and women's tennis. Conlon spent the summer of 2006 in Winchester, Mass. as an intern with Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning.
Conlon has earned his NSCAA Advanced Regional Certification and NSCAA National Goalkeeping Diploma. A former Director of Goalkeeping at the UNH Women's Soccer Camp for two years, Conlon has worked a number of camps.
In 2006, Conlon earned his bachelor's degree in kinesiology with an emphasis in exercise science and graduated Summa Cum Laude with honors. Conlon plans to complete a Master's degree in sport studies in the Spring.
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