General Background. Coach Connole is a native of Ohio and played basketball, baseball and others sports throughout his youth. Having worked most of his professional life as a journalist for various news services, Coach Connole has lived in New York, London and Chicago before settling in the Falls Church/Arlington area. Coach Connole graduated from MiamiUniversity (Ohio) with a B.A. in Political Science and History. He lives in Falls Church City with his family and works in Washington, DC, as an editor for a healthcare consultancy.
Coaching Experience. Coach Connole has extensive experience coaching in the Fairfax County Select/Travel girls’ basketball program, leading the Falls Church Flames from their origination in the 10U-Division 2 level to the 14U-Division 1 level during the 2007-2008 season. In 2006-2007, Coach Connole’s Flames won the FCYBL Division 2 regular season and tournament championships, finishing with a 16-1 record. For the 2008-2009 season, Coach Connole is coaching the Arlington Travel Girls 11U Division 1 team.
2010 will be Coach Connole's third season with the Matrix. In 2009, Coach Connole coached the 11U Black team; the team finished in fourth place in Division 1 at Districts; plus he coached the Matrix 10U Green team in 2008.
In addition, Coach Connole has managed baseball teams for the Falls Church Kiwanis Little League (FCKLL), leading the 11U All Star team in 2007.
Coaching Philosophy. Coach Connole believes in playing the game in an aggressive, fast-paced fashion, applying constant pressure on the ball on defense and running the court on offense. He believes in teaching fundamentals at all costs, and preaching the values of playing and sacrificing for the team.
The goal is consistent: to teach basketball fundamentals, to develop players who can handle the pressures of AAU ball, to be as competitive as possible at all times, and to create a positive experience that makes Matrix players lovers of the game for life.
Jen Rackliff will serve as Coach Connole's assistant coach for the 2010 season; click here to read Coach Rackliff’s coaching bio.