U16 and U17 Boys Academy Assistant Coach
Coach Klekota will be joining the BSC program for the 2022-2023 fall season, assisting our MLSNext Program as they begin to play in the MLS Developmental League.
Connor has a long history of working at the highest levels in college soccer. He is currently an Assistant Coach at American University.
Connor Klekota led the Hoyas to the NCAA Championship in his second season on the Hilltop. He came to GU from Bucknell University where he was a graduate assistant for two seasons.
In 2019, the Hoyas had a historic run winning the national championship with a 3-3 victory over Virginia that was decided in penalty kicks, 7-6. GU finished the year with a mark of 20-1-3 which set the program record for wins in a season. Georgetown also boasted the program’s first three-peat, winning the BIG EAST Championship for the third consecutive year in a 3-1 victory over Providence College at Shaw Field. It was just the second time in program history that the squad has won both the regular season and the championship in the same year.
Individually, the Hoyas had three All-Americans for the first time in program history as well as five players named All-East Region. Additionally, senior Dylan Nealis was the second MAC Hermann Trophy finalist in program history. He along, with Achara was both MLS First Round Draft selections. In league play, the Blue & Gray won three of the major awards and had six All-BIG EAST selections. The coaching staff was also named the Division I National Coaching Staff of the Year by the United Soccer Coaches.
In his time at Georgetown, the team has won two BIG EAST Championships and had three NCAA Tournament berths including the title in 2019. He has coached six All-Americans, 14 All-East Region players, seven BIG EAST major award winners, 21 All-BIG EAST selections, and nine MLS draft pick or Premier League signees. Additionally, the coaching staff has earned league, region, and national coach of the year honors.
In his two seasons with the Bison, Klekota coached three United Soccer Coaches All-Region honorees as well as five All-Patriot League players as the team appeared in a pair of Patriot League postseason tournaments. He also coached at the Bison Summer Camps as well as a number of other camps throughout the country.
Klekota was a Dean’s List and ACC Academic Honor Roll honoree while playing soccer at Notre Dame from 2011-15. He appeared in 66 games, including 50 starts in his career. In 2013, the midfielder started in 14 contests, helping the Fighting Irish capture the NCAA championship. He helped Notre Dame win the ACC regular-season title in 2014 and was an ACC All-Tournament Team selection in 2015 as a senior captain.
The Amherst, Ohio native served as a peer facilitator for the Rosenthal Leadership Academy at Notre Dame, where he was a group leader during leadership workshops throughout the year. He also interned in Notre Dame’s Office of Student Welfare & Development, helping with leadership and teamwork techniques.
Klekota was a three-time Notre Dame monogram winner, and a two-time Francis O’Connor Award recipient, given to a student-athlete who best represents the spirit of Notre Dame. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in management consulting in 2015.
He graduated from Bucknell in 2021 with a Master’s of Science in education with a concentration in college student personnel. Klekota resides in Washington, D.C.