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Kevin O'Connell    

Head Coach of the Minnesota Vikings

At just 37 years old, Kevin O’Connell has played in the NFL, dabbled in broadcasting, and transitioned to head coaching in the NFL, earning a Super Bowl ring as an offensive coordinator and recently completing his second season as a head coach for the Minnesota Vikings. Starting his professional career as an NFL quarterback, O’Connell was Patriots’ head coach Bill Belichick’s earliest quarterback selection in any NFL draft. Shortly into his first season playing for Belichick, O’Connell recognized his innate desire to coach. Having now worked with a wide range of players, O’Connell is incredibly well-seasoned in both life and career experiences. “He has always used every opportunity to get better, study the game, and improve his own abilities so that he could use that to encourage, motivate, and better those around him,” says his wife, Leah.

Kevin O’Connell ensures that every individual he meets is treated with the same level of sincerity and respect. An incredibly genuine, optimistic individual who helps create a high-energy, united team environment, he understands the characteristics of a coach that are critical to leading a team that wins at the highest level.

Off the field, Kevin and Leah O’Connell are parents of three: two sons, Kaden and Kolten, and their daughter, Quinn. Kevin is also a proud advocate for childhood cancer. For the past three consecutive seasons, he has worn custom-painted shoes for the NFL’s My Cause My Cleats initiative to highlight nonprofits that support children battling cancer and fundraise for pediatric cancer research.

Speech Topics

  • Takeaways of a Super Bowl Win
  • Transition from NFL Player to Coach
  • Experience as a Player Versus Coach in Various NFL Organizations
  • Optimism Amongst Challenges like Injuries, Personal Lives, etc.


Vikings officially hire Kevin O'Connell as next head coach
Feb 16, 2022 ... The Los Angeles Rams will officially need a new offensive coordinator in 2022. The Minnesota Vikings announced on Wednesday that they have hired Kevin ...
Kevin O'Connell speaks about impact Sean McVay had on him
Feb 18, 2022 ... O'Connell, a former NFL quarterback, began his coaching career with the Cleveland Browns in 2015 as the team's quarterbacks coach. Following a year with the San ...

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