|Title:||Head Men's Soccer Coach|
|College:||Worcester Polytechnic Institute|
Craig O'Rourke II returns for his seventh year at the helm of
the Salve Regina men's soccer program, the defending Commonwealth
Coast Conference (CCC) champions.
In his first six years, O'Rourke has guided the Seahawks to five consecutive conference tournament appearances, the 2012 CCC Championship, a spot in the 2012 NCAA National Tournament field, as well as an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championship tournament appearance in 2010, advancing to the semifinals. At the same time, O'Rourke has also helped the team succeed in the classroom, earning the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) College Team Academic Award in each of the past three seasons.
His 2012 team (16-6-1) is now regarded as the 'Gold Standard' for Salve Regina Men's Soccer. Last year, in addition to the Conference title and an automatic bid to the NCAA National Championships, O'Rourke led the Seahawks to a multitude of new school records including the best start to a season when they opened up the year a perfect 8-0-0. With this, the program earned its first ever mention in a national ranking poll when they appeared in the 'receiving votes' section of the D3soccer.com poll on September 25, 2012. The team also rose as high as #8 in the NSCAA New England Region poll before finishing the year with a final ranking of #9 - both program records. The team's 16 wins are the most ever in school history and the team also set a new school record for assists in a season at 43, eclipsing the mark (42) established by his 2010 side.
In 2011, O'Rourke led the Seahawks to their fourth consecutive CCC Championship tournament appearance, finishing with an overall mark of 7-9-3. The previous season, O'Rourke helped guide the Seahawks to a 14-win campaign, at the time tying the program's record for victories in a season. The 2010 team also set single season school records for shutouts (12) and goal differential (+30; 50 goals for, 20 goals against).
Prior to his appointment as men's soccer coach and intramurals' coordinator at Salve Regina, O'Rourke served as the head coach for four years at Bridgton Academy, a post-graduate prep school in Maine. While at Bridgton, O'Rourke led the men's soccer program to two NEPSSA Class 'A' Soccer Final Fours (2004 and 2005) while compiling a record of 57-16-7 (.756). His teams also won four consecutive MAISAD conference championships. In 2004, the team compiled one of the best records in school history at 19-3-0 and established a New England prep school record for single-season goals (122).
Before going to Bridgton, O'Rourke served as an assistant with the Roger Williams University men's soccer program, where he helped guide the Hawks to three consecutive conference championships and three NCAA tournament berths (1999, 2000 and 2001). In his five years at Roger Williams, the team compiled an overall record of 75-29-4 (.713) while posting a conference record of 55-6-1 (.895). O'Rourke has also served on multiple camp staffs, including both the SoccerPlus Goalkeeping School and the Brown University Soccer Camps. He is the former Olympic Development Program (ODP) goalkeeping director for Soccer Rhode Island and has acted as a goalkeeping assessor for the U.S. Youth Soccer Region I ODP Coaching Staff.
O'Rourke is a 1997 graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), where he earned his bachelor's degree in biology/pre-medicine while playing for the men's soccer program. While at WPI, he was twice selected to all-tournament and all-conference teams. After college, he turned down a contract offer to play professional indoor soccer in order to pursue his education. In 2001, he graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a master's degree in business administration.
O'Rourke holds both an Advanced National Coaching Diploma and an Advanced Level II Goalkeeping Diploma from the NSCAA as well as a National 'B' Coaching License from the United States Soccer Federation (USSF). He is also a licensed referee and has officiated at the U.S. Youth Soccer regional and national championships and has also served on the USL professional referees list. O'Rourke currently holds memberships in the NSCAA, U.S. Soccer Coaches Organization, USSF National Referees Association and the Rhode Island State Referees Association. In addition to his men's soccer coaching duties, O'Rourke also coordinates the University's intramural sports program.