Joe O’Connor purchased the Klamath Falls Gems in September 2016. The Gems officially joined the GWL for the 2018 season having previously played in both the Golden State Collegiate Baseball League and the West Coast League. In 2015, he assied with the Gems working with pitchers and acting as the team's trainer.
O’Connor is the co-Founder and President of Modoc Meat, LLC, based out of Klamath Falls and is the owner/operator of O’Connor Sheep Company.
He served in the United States Navy from 2003-2008. O’Connor was the Head Baseball Coach at Lost River High School from 2012-2016. In 2015, he was named Special District Baseball Coach of the Year.
The Great West League is one of the premier summer collegiate wood bat leagues in North America, poviding a professional, minor league-like atmosphere for top college players seeking professional baseball careers. The league also provides affordable family entertainment, enriching its member communities in California and Oregon.