Ex Belvo Boy John O'Hara Named USA U17 Assistant Coach

(19 Oct 2017)

By Jamie Moore

Former Belvo boy John O’Hara has been hired by U.S. Soccer as the Under-17 Boys National Team Assistant Coach.

Goalkeeper John joined Belvo in August 1999, a week after playing in goal for Mayo in All-Ireland final against Down.

Belvo won U18 league that season – a victory famous in players’ memories because they never got their medals!!

He had massive kick out and was great on crosses.

Went on to play for Shelbourne in the League Of Ireland before moving to America on a four year scholarship.

His Belvo team-mates included Gerry Weston, Aidan O'Hara, Wilo Farrelly, Brendan Kelly, Richie Byrne, Keith Murray, Stephen Bennett and Robbie Glennon.

After college, he returned to Ireland and signed for Sligo Rovers before going back to America, where he had been working as Director Of Goalkeeping with Loudoun Soccer before getting his new job.

Interviews below courtesy of LoundounSoccer.com

“We are very proud of John and recognize all the work he has done to help take our club to the next level,” said Darryl Gee, the clubs Technical Director. “He fully deserves the recognition this new position brings for him and we wish him great success with the Under-17 team. He will be missed at Loudoun Soccer, but we are pleased that U.S. Soccer has recognized the opportunity to bring him into the national program full-time.”

Coach O’Hara’s work has already begun. He returned to the USA this week with the Under-17 squad, who won the 2016 Montaigu Cup, beating the hosts France in a thrilling final.

“I’m grateful to Loudoun Soccer for providing me the opportunity to work with such an exciting club, great players, and wonderful coaches and staff,” O’Hara said. “I look forward to my work in Florida, but plan to continue to follow the success of Loudoun Soccer closely. I am grateful for the warm welcome both my family and I received here, and know that the club is in good hands going forward.”

Mark Ryan, Loudoun Soccer Travel Director, added, “We wish John all the best. We are thankful for the wonderful service he provided to our club and know he will put the same effort into his position with the Under-17 Boys team. We look forward to watching his success with the team.”

Best fo luck to John in his new role from everyone


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