Panthers 2018 Coaching Staff

The South Dublin Panthers

Panthers 2018 Coaching Staff

The South Dublin Panthers Coaching Staff

Head Coach

Stephen ‘Mack’ McDonnell
Coach Mack took over as Head Coach in 2016 following two years as Offensive Coordinator. He is a former Running Backs Coach for Team Ireland. He has also served as a Performance Analyst for the National Team.

Assistant Head Coach & Performance Coach

Emma B. Connaughton
Coach B came on board as the Panthers Performance Coach with Coach Macks new staff in 2016 and following the close of the 2017 Season was elevated to Assistant Head Coach. Coach B is a sports psychology PhD candidate and is responsible for the performance of Panthers Coaches and Athletes.

Quality Control Coaches

Jennifer Walsh
Coach Jenn joined the Panthers during the 2017 season as Quality Control Coach. Providing assistance to the Head Coach and leads the scouting and analysis work of the Panthers.


Offensive Coordinator
Brendan McAleese
Coach McAleese joined the Panthers near the end of 2017 season and helped see the Panthers to a team record offensive total in 2017. The 2018 season will be his first full season as Offensive Coordinator of the Panthers. Coach McAleese was the Head Coach of the North Kildare Reapers from 2013 to 2016. He is also a Shamrock Bowl Champion during his playing career and is a former Wide Receivers Coach and current Offensive Coordinator for the Irish National Team also.
Skill Position Coach
Steven O’Rourke
Coach O’Rourke was the Offensive Coordinator for the successful Tullamore Phoenix teams from 2010 to 2012 and joins the Panthers for the 2018 season. He is also one of the foremost experts on American Football in Ireland with NFL and College football reporting published nationally.
Offensive Line Coaches
Derek McGarr
Coach McGarr joined the Panthers Coaching staff at the close of the 2016 season and along with Coach Cleary has overseen the formation of one of the premier offensive line units in the country. He’s a former Team Ireland selection in his playing days and is widely considered to be one of the best Offensive Linemen to have played the game in Ireland.
Brian Cleary
Coach Cleary also became a coach for the 2017 season following a number of years at the heart of the Panthers Offensive Line. Coaching and leading the Panthers in many areas. Coach Cleary has been the driving force of the Panthers since its inception.


Defensive Coordinator
Conor O’Sullivan
Coach Sully joined the Panthers in 2016 with Coach Mack as Defensive Front Coach. Leading the defence from an early stage he took up the role as Defensive Coordinator during the 2017 season. Coach Sully comes with vast experience, being an accomplished Rugby Coach and analyst, working for Leinster and Connaught Rugby during his career. He is also a veteran of the Irish American Football Association and is the Defensive Line Coach of Team Ireland.
Defensive Coach
John Romanowski
Coach Romo returns to the Panthers for the 2018 season following his time as Head Coach from 2013 to 2016, during which time the Panthers were promoted to the premier level of football in Ireland, the SBC, maintaining that status to this day. A former Defensive Line Coach for Ireland Under 23’s and Defensive Coordinator for the Senior Team. With experience coaching in Ireland and in the United States, he one of the most experienced Coaches in Ireland.
Defensive Backs Coach
Conor O’Driscoll
Coach Drico coached the Defensive Backs for the Panthers from 2013 to the close of the 2016 season. He will return as a Defensive Back Coach and Assistant to the Head Coach for the 2018 season.  

Assistant Coaches

The Panthers are always looking to develop Coaches both within and outside the team. If getting involved and possibly Coaching American Football is something you are interested in, the Panthers have a large and experienced Coaching staff to help you on that journey. Training with our Senior Team will develop your skills and match days with our development team will test your skills as you apply what you’ve learned to live situations.]]>

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