Joe Conner Jr.

Joe Conner was hired in the summer of 2018 as the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator for the Big Green.

Conner arrives in Hanover after serving nine years on the Bucknell men’s lacrosse staff, seven of those as the top assistant and the last two as the associate head coach. He helped the Bison win their first-ever Patriot League Tournament championship in his second season in Lewisburg, as well as achieve their highest national ranking at any point in a season in program history (sixth) during the 2013 campaign.

In his first year in the role of offensive coordinator, Conner coached Bucknell to the top shooting percentage in the nation in 2012, setting program records in goals (179), assists (108) and points (287) along the way. Three years ago, his Bison offense ranked 20th nationally with over 11 goals per game. This past spring, Bucknell scored nearly 12 per game as the team finished the year ranked 16th in the nation. The top-three offensive players on the team were all selected in the 2018 Major League Lacrosse Draft, including Will Sands who set the team record with 55 assists while scoring 20 goals as well to become the fourth Bison with at least 70 points in a season.

“As we continue to put together the building blocks for a successful program, the addition of Joe Connor as associate head coach and offensive coordinator is a pivotal addition,” Callahan said. “We are incredibly fortunate to have gained such an outstanding coach, recruiter, mentor and person. I know that our offensive unit will thrive under Coach Connor’s leadership, and our entire program will benefit from his experience, passion and creativity.”

Conner was also Bucknell’s recruiting coordinator during his tenure. In 2013, three Bison student-athletes were listed among Inside Lacrosse’s top-25 freshmen, more than any team in the nation. The following year, his recruiting class was ranked 13th nationally by Inside Lacrosse with three recruits among the publication’s Power 100 Recruit Rankings.

Prior to his stint at Bucknell, Conner spent two years as the assistant coach at Mount St. Mary’s. He helped the Mountaineers earn the second seed for the Northeast Conference (NEC) playoffs, and in his final season coached the defense, which produced the ninth-lowest goals against average in the country.

“I would like to thank Athletics Director Harry Sheehy, head coach Brendan Callahan and the Dartmouth athletics administration for this incredible opportunity,” Conner stated. “My family and I are thrilled to join the Dartmouth College community and the men’s lacrosse program.