Men's Basketball Coaches
OJC Men's Basketball Head Coach
Coach Brendan O'Connor
Brendan O’Connor has been named the next head coach for the Otero Junior College Men’s Basketball program. O’Connor has served as assistant coach for the Rattlers under Houston Reed for the past nine years. He has been responsible for player development, strength/conditioning, monitoring student-athlete academic progress, planning travel arrangements, overseeing budget costs, recruiting, film exchange, and scouting.
In his assistant coaching role, O’Connor helped the program attain a record of 117-46 over the past five seasons. This past season the team went 27-6 and won the Region IX South Conference Championship. In 2012, the Rattlers won the Region IX Championship for the first time in school history and advanced to the NJCAA Tournament Elite 8 while finishing with a record of 30-6.
During O’Connor’s time at Otero 70 players have moved on to play at four-year institutions; 19 players were named Academic All-Region; and eleven players were named to the All-Region IX team. In the last five years, 16 players have been offered Division I Scholarships.
O’Connor expressed excitement and gratitude for being allowed to carry on the Otero tradition of strong athletic and academic performance.
“I’m incredibly excited to be named Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Otero Junior College. I’ve been very fortunate that my path to this point has involved playing for Bob Cavera at Lewis-Palmer High School and working for Coach Meyer at Northern State University. First and foremost, I want to thank Houston Reed for giving me my first job nine years ago. He has been the best mentor and friend you could ask for in our profession. There aren’t enough words to adequately describe the amount of love and respect I have for him,” said O’Connor.
“Additionally, I want to thank President Jim Rizzuto, Athletic Director Gary Addington, and our entire administration for allowing me the opportunity to build on the great academic and athletic tradition that exists at Otero. Lastly, my love and thanks goes out to my family, friends, and former players whose support has never wavered,” O’Connor added. “The mission of our program continues. We will strive every day to preserve the culture of hard work, unselfishness, and toughness that people have come to expect from Otero Men’s Basketball! Go Rattlers!”
“Brendan has tremendous rapport with all of our students, not just the basketball players, and like all of our coaches on campus he is a valued asset to the institution. Brendan will continue the success of the basketball program and has the background and firsthand knowledge of what OJC Athletics is all about. He understands the philosophy that academic excellence must come first before athletic excellence in order for our kids to be successful at the next level. This will be another exciting chapter into Otero Junior College Basketball,” said Addington.
Before arriving at Otero, the Monument, Colorado native competed in football and basketball while at Lewis-Palmer High school. As starting point guard, O’Connor led Lewis-Palmer to a 49-2 record during his junior and senior seasons.
O’Connor earned his degree at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota while working as a student-assistant for legendary Head Coach Don Meyer.
OJC Men's Basketball Assistant Coach
Coach Lucas Archuleta
Lucas Archuleta, originally from Rio Rancho, N.M., has joined OJC as the assistant Men’s Basketball coach. A Rattler Basketball alum, Archuleta was a leader on the 2012 team that clinched the Region IX championship and made it to the NJCAA National Tournament. Archuleta will also serve as an assistant dorm director.
Archuleta received an associate’s degree from Otero Junior College, a bachelor’s degree in finance from Fort Lewis College, and a master’s degree in sports administration from Northwestern State. Prior to his return to OJC, Archuleta served as a graduate assistant for Men’s Basketball at Northwestern State. He also had his own player development company called Limitless Basketball.
Archuleta’s goal is to develop his athletes into players who can move on to play at four-year schools to continue their college educations. “I want to coach and teach the game at the highest level and hopefully bring back another Region IX Championship to OJC, reach the pinnacle and win a national championship,” said Archuleta.
Outside of work, Archuleta enjoys working out, traveling, reading, golfing, hiking and spending time with family and friends.