Jon O'Haire was promoted to associate head coach February 2008 and is in his 11th season overall as a member of the Ohio State field hockey coaching staff. He is in his eighth year of his second stint with the Buckeyes, returning to Ohio State after a five-year hiatus.
A native of Coram, N.Y., O'Haire returned to Ohio State from Penn State where he served as an assistant coach. During his five-year stint at PSU, the team compiled a 76-35 record and made three appearances in the NCAA tournament, including reaching the NCAA title game in 2002.
O'Haire served under Wilkinson as an assistant coach at Ohio State from 1996-99 and for four years at American University (1989-92). In between his duties at American and Ohio State, O'Haire spent the 1994 season as a goalkeeper coach at Maryland. In 1995, he moved to Ann Arbor to take a first assistant coaching position at Michigan. He served the last part of the year as the interim head coach before moving to Columbus to work with Wilkinson.
Actively involved in the USA men's and women's national teams, O'Haire was honored as the 2003 USA Field Hockey National Coach of the Year for his work with the goalkeepers on both teams. O'Haire was an assistant for the men's team at the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg and the 2003 Pan Am team in Santo Domingo. He served as an assistant coach to the USA Women's Under-21 National Team in their qualifying run for the Junior World Cup title and at the 2001 Junior World Cup in Argentina.
O'Haire has been actively involved in the development of hockey in the region and goalkeepers nationally through the USFHA Futures program. Designed as a means of identifying the country's top junior players and providing them with elite instruction, he served as the Futures Program's Regional Coaching Director for the Great Lakes Region from 1997-99 and as a goalkeeping coach within the Futures program. He is actively involved with talent identification and development through the USFHA's elite programs news. He currently serves as the online expert for OBO goalkeeping equipment, answering questions from all over the world and providing instructional tips to their website.
A former USA National Team goalkeeper from 1982-95, O'Haire played in 54 international outdoor test matches. He played on three Pan American Games teams, winning bronze medals with the U.S. in 1987 and 1995. Domestically, he participated in eight U.S. Olympic Festivals, claiming four gold and three silver medals. O'Haire also represented the U.S. internationally in a number of indoor tournaments. He continues to play at the club level with a variety of tournament teams.
A 1986 graduate of the SUNY at Stony Brook, O'Haire earned a master's degree in elementary education from American in 1990. He is married to Elizabeth Hume, a professor in the linguistics department at Ohio State. The couple have a son, Zachary, and two dogs, Sammy and Tatum.
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