Craig O'Rourke II returns for his twelfth season at the helm of the Salve Regina men's soccer program, having previously won the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) championship in 2012.
In his first eleven years, O'Rourke has guided the Seahawks to nine 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 United Soccer Coaches (formerly the NSCAA) Team Academic Award in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2018.
His 2012 team (16-6-1) is widely regarded as the 'gold standard' for Salve Regina men's soccer. 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 in 2012 including the best start to a season when they opened up that season 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. That 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 2017, O'Rourke led the Seahawks back to the CCC championship tournament, finishing with an overall mark of 11-5-3, and earning his 100th victory for the men’s soccer program. In 2010, 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 the head men's soccer coach 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 served on multiple camp staffs and is the former Olympic Development Program (ODP) goalkeeping director for Soccer Rhode Island while also acting 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 was also a licensed referee and officiated at the U.S. Youth Soccer regional and national championships and served on the USL professional referees list. O'Rourke currently holds memberships in the United Soccer Coaches, U.S. Soccer Coaches Organization, USSF Referees Association and the Rhode Island State Referees Association. From 2010 to 2014, O’Rourke served as the Commonwealth Coast Conference’s chair on the NSCAA Regional Rankings Committee and from 2015 to 2017, he served on the NCAA Regional Advisory Council for men’s soccer. In addition to his men's soccer coaching duties, O'Rourke also serves as the Director of Compliance – Academics & Eligibility for the University's Department of Athletics.