The Bigger Picture: A Ring Fit for a Legend

January 8, 2024 By Andrew Ramspacher, Andrew Ramspacher,

Already the owner of a national championship ring, University of Virginia head baseball coach Brian O’Connor added to his jewelry collection Friday night in Dallas when he was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

O’Connor, who will begin his 21st season with UVA next month, has led the Cavaliers to six NCAA College World Series appearances, including a trip to the sport’s marquee tournament last June. His 2015 team won the national title, becoming the first Atlantic Coast Conference program to do so in six decades. 

O’Connor has a career coaching record of 839-353-2; that’s a .704 winning percentage, the highest of any active NCAA Division I baseball coach. He’s a three-time national Coach of the Year and five-time ACC Coach of the Year honoree. 

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In 20 seasons under O’Connor, the Wahoos have appeared in the NCAA Tournament 17 times. Prior to his 2004 arrival, UVA had been to the postseason only three times in program history. 







Founded in 1945, the American Baseball Coaches Association is the world's largest amateur baseball coaching organization. Induction into its Hall of Fame is the organization’s highest honor.