Bison, Black Knights resume spirited rivalry at noon at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium
Joe Conner Jr. is in his fifth season on the Bucknell men's lacrosse staff, and his third in the No. 1 assistant position, where he serves as offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator.
In 2013, Conner's second season as offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator, the Bison offense averaged 10.6 goals per game. They led the Patriot League in goals per game game at the end of the regular season and finished No. 2 after the completion of league tournament play. The Bison offense had one of the most balanced scoring attacks in the country with one 50-point scorer (David Dickson), two 40-point scorers (Sean Doyle and Chase Bailey), one 39-point scorer (Todd Heritage), one 30-point scorer (Thomas Flibotte), one 20-point scorer (Peter Burke) and one 19-point scorer (Brock Ghelfi).
In 2013, Conner's recruiting efforts were displayed by the play of several key freshmen during the season. The recruiting class was cited by Inside Lacrosse as one of the best in the nation, and the Bison had three freshmen make Inside Lacrosse's list top 25 freshmen, which was more than any other team in the nation.
In 2013, Conner coached Patriot League Rookie of the Year Sean Doyle and First Team All-Patriot League midfielders Thomas Flibotte and David Dickson. Dickson shattered Bucknell and Patriot League single-season assist records with 48, and he would go on to earn Third Team All-America honors.
Conner also coached 2012 graduate Billy Eisenreich, who currently plays pro lacrosse for the Chicago Outlaws. Eisenreich was a Third Team All-America attackman in 2012 after playing his first three years at midfield.
In Conner's first season as the offensive coordinator in 2012, the Bison finished the season with the No. 1 shooting percentage in the nation. The Bison offense also performed at historically high levels during the 2012 season. Inside Lacrosse's Pace Statistics for Adjusted Offensive Efficiency Rating determined that the Bison had one of the most efficient offensive units in recent Division 1 lacrosse history throughout most of the 2012 season.
Conner was the assistant lacrosse coach at Mount St. Mary's for two years before coming to Bucknell. At Mount St. Mary's, Conner helped coach the Mount to a 5-3 conference record and a No. 2 seed in the MAAC playoffs, the Mount's first conference playoff appearance in two years. He served as recruiting coordinator, and in his final season with The Mount he coached the defense, helping them to a No. 9 national ranking in goals allowed.
Conner is a 2007 graduate of Mount St. Mary's and received his M.B.A. degree with a management concentration from The Mount as well in May of 2009. During the summer of 2009, Conner worked at Wells Fargo Financial as a Credit Manager before being hired by Bucknell in September of 2009. As a student-athlete, he played at Binghamton University for three years before transferring to Mount St. Mary's to finish his playing career and pursue his coaching career. He was a midfielder at Binghamton and then was moved to attack when he transferred to Mount St. Mary's.
A native of Ijamsville, Md., he played both lacrosse and football at Urbana High School. He was a high school All-American in lacrosse and started at quarterback on a record-setting football team that won four straight state championships and carried a 50-game winning streak. He currently holds the Frederick County Maryland high school touchdown pass record with 28 in a single season. Joe is the son of Joe Conner Sr. and Ximena Conner, and he has two younger brothers (Jason and Justin) and a younger sister (Jackie).