Thomas Connolly
Thomas Connolly
Title: Head Coach
Phone: (612) 201-5523
Previous College: Georgetown

Thomas Connolly begins his sixth season with the NOVA men’s soccer program, and fifth season as head coach.

Connolly has led the Nighthawks to their most successful seasons in program history. First in 2015, NOVA finished the year with a 7-6-1 record and in 2017 the Nighthawks closed out the year with an 11-3-1 mark.

The Nighthawks goalies and defense went 310 miniutes without allowing a goal in 2017.


Year Record Finish
2014 3-12-0 NJCAA Region 20 First Round
2015 7-6-1 NJCAA Region 20 Semifinals
2016 4-9-1 NJCAA Region 20 Semifinals
2017 11-3-1 NJCAA Region 20 Finals
2018 4-5-2 NJCAA Region 20 Semifinals
  • First Win Sept. 26, 2014 versus Potomac State
  • 10th Win Oct. 24, 2015 at Howard
  • 20th Win Sept. 19, 2017 at Potomac State
  • 30th Win Aug. 27, 2019 at Hagerstown

Year Student-Athlete Award
2014 Darwin Vasquez Second Team All-Region 20
2015 Romain Iff Honorable Mention All-Region 20
2015 Evan Kiani Honorable Mention All-Region 20
2015 Huber Letona Honorable Mention All-Region 20
2016 Alan Duran First Team All-Region 20
2016 Leland Jameson First Team All-Region 20
2016 Keyvan Montero Second Team All-Region 20
2016 Roberto Rivera-Greenwood Second Team All-Region 20
2016 Alex MacNabb Honorable Mention All-Region 20
2017 Everton Bailey First Team All-Region 20
2017 Gabriel Rickmann First Team All-Region 20
2017 Cristian Fuentes Honorable Mnetion All-Region 20
2018 Abdullah Al Maari First Team All-Region 20
2018 Oscar Cruz First Team All-Region 20
2018 Alexandre Barotteau First Team All-Region 20
2018 Bimosan Ghmire Honorable Mention All-Region 20

Thomas, a Minneapolis, Minn., native, comes to NOVA after serving as the head coach of the George Washington University Club Soccer team in 2010 and 2011, leading the team to a 9-2-5 overall record and the team's finest finish to date in the regional competition in 2010.

Thomas also participated in training with the Maryland Olympic Develop Program under Keith Tabatznik and in the local area with Len Oliver, head of the DC Stoddert Club.

In addition to coaching, Connolly also plays competitively in the Washington Premier League with the prestigious La Barra Brava club and trains youth goalkeepers in the D.C. area.

Connolly a graduate of Georgetown University, currently resides in Washington, D.C., with his wife and young son. He works as a recruiter in the financial services industry.