Cairn hires D-I grad assistant

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Cairn has hired Jason O'Connell as men's basketball coach.

The 11th coach in the program's history, O'Connell replaces Jason Penley, who compiled a 7-70 record (.091) in three seasons.

O'Connell a 2012 Lancaster Bible graduate most recently served as a graduate assistant at NCAA Division I Eastern Kentucky. This past year The Colonels won Ohio Valley Conference tournament and advanced to the Division I NCAA Tournament, falling to Kansas 80-69.

O'Connell's primary duties at Eastern Kentucky were editing film, assisting with scouting reports, film exchange and coordinating travel plans, while working towards his second master's degree in the field of recreation and park Administration.

"I am excited for what Coach O'Connell will bring to the program," said acting athletic director Laura Behnke, also the women's soccer coach. "Through his knowledge of the game and passion for serving Christ, I believe our men's basketball program has a bright future." 

Prior to EKU he served as an assistant men's basketball coach at Penn State-Harrisburg during the 2012-13 season. The Lions' reached the North East Athletic Conference semifinals. O'Connell's duties included head of recruiting, film exchange, creating scouting reports and on-floor coaching.

In 2013 he received a master's from California (Pa.) in exercise science and health promotion: sport psychology.

Jason and his wife Kristina (Clairmont) will reside in Langhorne, Pa.