Former Orlando City player James O'Connor
, who has spent the last four seasons as the head coach of the USL's Louisville City, has been named the Lions' new head coach.
38-year-old O'Connor, who replaces Jason Kreis
, becomes the second youngest coach in MLS after Colorado's Anthony Hudson
O'Connor played for Orlando City in the USL and
then joined Louisville City as its head coach for its debut season in 2015. It won the USL championship in 2017.
O’Connor will coach Lou City FC through its match on Saturday before
joining the Lions for their match against Los Angeles FC on July 7. Interim head coach Bobby Murphy will remain in charge of the Lions for Saturday’s match at Atlanta United.
“James was our top target going into the coaching search. He has proven himself a consistent winner as both a player and coach at the USL level, and now is extremely eager to prove himself in
MLS,” Lions general manager Niki Budalic
said. “James is very aware of the winning culture we have built in Orlando and what it will take to uphold that tradition in both the short-
and long-term. We couldn’t be more excited for him to get started.”