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Jan. 12, 2005

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Anne Wilkinson, Ohio State field hockey head coach, announced the hiring of Jon O’Haire as an assistant coach Wednesday. O’Haire spent the last five seasons on the Penn State staff.

“We are excited to have Jon return to our staff,” Wilkinson said. “He is dynamic, experienced and committed with a proven track record for success. Jon and I have worked together for many years and share similar philosophical beliefs. I am sure he will make a positive impact to our staff, team and Ohio State.”

O’Haire’s responsibilities at Ohio State will include recruiting and evaluating prospective student-athletes, monitoring academics, coordinating team travel and meals, breaking down video and assisting with daily practices and games.

A native of Coram, N.Y., O’Haire comes to OSU 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. At Penn State, O’Haire primarily worked with the goalkeepers and team defense. O’Haire’s keepers included Annie Zinkavich who finished her career fifth in the PSU records books for shutouts.

Familiar with Wilkinson’s coaching style and systems, O’Haire served under her as an assistant coach at Ohio State from 1996-99 and for four years at American University (1989-92). In between American and Ohio State, O’Haire had a one-year stint at Michigan in 1995, where he served the last part of the year as the interim head coach, and Maryland in 1994.

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. He served on the USA men’s coaching staff for the Pan-American Games in 2003, which recorded two shutouts en route to a 3-1-1 record and a fifth-place finish. The team also captured the Super Division title at the 2003 Cal Cup and earned a second-place finish at the Pan American Cup Qualifying Tournament.

A former USA National Team goalkeeper from 1982-95, O’Haire participated in eight U.S. Olympic Festivals, claiming four gold and three silver medals. He also won bronze medals at the Pan American Games in 1987 and 1995. O’Haire continues to play at the club level for the North American Premier League champion Boston Miracles and 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.