Ian O'Connor (born c. 1964) is a sports columnist for ESPNNewYork.com, host of The Ian O'Connor Show, a national Sunday morning show on ESPN Radio, and author of The New York Times best sellers, "Arnie & Jack: Palmer, Nicklaus, and Golf's Greatest Rivalry," and "The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeter."
O'Connor was a columnist at the New York Daily News, USA Today, The Journal News, The Record, and Foxsports.com, and also authored the book, "The Jump: Sebastian Telfair and the High Stakes Business of High School Ball." O'Connor has won national and regional writing awards, including the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi Award at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
Early life and education
Raised in Englewood, New Jersey, O'Connor is a 198 graduate St. Cecilia High School, the same school where Vince Lombardi was the high school football coach early in his career; O'Connor's childhood home in Englewood was just doors away from Lombardi's.
- Adler, Kristie Chong. "Vince Lombardi’s former prep players share their memories of legend with ESPN New York’s Ian O'Connor", ESPN Front Row, January 23, 2014. Accessed September 11, 2017. "ESPN New York's Ian O'Connor – a former St. Cecilia football player and Class of 1982 graduate – interviewed several of Lombardi’s former students.... My childhood home in Englewood was all of nine houses away from Lombardi’s on Mountain View Road, so it was hard not to be impacted by his titanic career."
- Staff. "River Vale's O'Connor to sign copies of new book", Pascack Valley Community Life, May 12, 2011. Accessed November 5, 2013. "River Vale resident Ian O'Connor, a nationally acclaimed columnist and author of "The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeter," will sign copies of "The Captain" and speak about Jeter's career at Bookends in Ridgewood, 211 E. Ridgewood Ave., on Thursday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m."
- Staff. "Bergen Celebrity Signing: Former Record columnist Ian O'Connor will sign his new book The Captain: The Journey of Derek Jeter", Bergen.com, April 24, 2011. Accessed November 5, 2013. "Ian O'Connor, Englewood native and current River Vale resident, will be signing his new book "The Captain" and speaking about the Yankee icon's career at Bookends in Ridgewood on May 19th at 7:30 p.m."