By Matt Smith
Dan Connor is back.
The two-time Daily Times Player of the Year from Strath Haven and former NFL linebacker was hired Thursday as the next head coach at Archbishop Carroll.
Connor’s move into coaching high school football should come as no surprise. His father, Jim Sr., and brother Mike are assistants at Cardinal O’Hara. Jim Sr. was the architect of Strath Haven’s District One championship-winning defenses in the 1990s and 2010. His other brother, Jim Jr., was a lineman at Boston College and is a head coach at Norwell High School in Chicago.
“I grew up in a family of high school coaches. My dad is doing it with my brother Mike at O’Hara. My oldest brother does it up at Boston and he’s a head coach,” Connor said. “When I look back on my career, some of the best memories and best lessons learned were in high school when you’re playing with the guys you grew up with it. You end up learning the most and having the most fun.”
In his high school career, Connor helped Strath Haven win four District One titles in the early-2000s.