Marc Connolly enters his first year at Holy Cross in 2010, where he will be reuniting with head coach Ted Priestly, as the two were together for three seasons at UMass Lowell.
In his four years at UMass Lowell, Connolly helped guide the River Hawks to two appearances in the NCAA Tournament, which included a trip to the Elite Eight in 2008. That same season, UML won a share of the Northeast-10 Conference title.
A longtime coach at the youth level, Connolly led the FC Stars of Massachusetts U-17 squad to the Massachusetts State Cup championship this past June and to the Region I finals in July. In 2009, his U-18 Stars team also won the state title after making the finals in 2007 and 2008. In addition to being the club’s technical director on the boys side, he also coaches the U-17 and U-18 teams.
Before moving to Massachusetts, Connolly guided the U-15, U-16 and U-19 teams to Connecticut State Cup championships, as well as two bronze medals in Region I, while with the Oakwood Soccer Club.
In addition to coaching soccer, Connolly serves as the chief researcher and editorial consultant for ESPN’s MLS and U.S. National Team soccer broadcasts, where he works alongside on-air talents JP Dellacamera and John Harkes.
Connolly spent nine years covering the U.S. National Team for ESPN.com, and has been a contributor to USA Today, ESPN The Magazine, Boston Magazine and Four Four Two. He has been the recipient of the NSCAA’s Deadline Game Story Award on three occasions.
In May of 2006, Connolly received the Distinguished Alumni Award from his alma mater, Ithaca College, from where he graduated in 1996. A Dean’s List student, he graduated with a degree in sports information and communication.
Connolly was a former soccer standout at Westford Academy, where he was a teammate of Ted Priestly. He currently resides in Boxboro, Mass.