|Alma Mater:||Towson '87, University of Baltimore '91, Stevenson '15|
O'Brien returns to the Mustangs bench for his third season in 2017, serving as an assistant coach. It is his first under head coach Graeme Millar.
A three-year starter at goalkeeper for Frank Olszewski’s Tigers, one of the finest goalies ever to play at Towson. A native of Baltimore, he was named as an All-East Coast Conference selection twice in his career. The two time MVP was also named to the Division I All-South Team twice in his career, the first Tiger so honored. As a sophomore, he set a then-school record with seven shutouts. In his junior season, he tied the record. As a junior, he also set a then-school record by allowing just 14 goals in 15 games for a 0.93 average.
In his senior season, he led the Tigers to their best Division I season to date. With O’Brien in goal, the Tigers posted an 11-6-2 record and won the ECC East Section title. Led by an outstanding performance in goal from O'Brien, the Tigers advanced to the ECC Championship game for the first time.
In the semifinals against Delaware, he blanked the Blue Hens for 110 minutes. With the teams involved in a scoreless tie, the outcome was decided in a penalty kick shootout. The Tiger goalkeeper came up big in the shootout, stopping two Delaware shots as Towson advanced with a 4-2 PK win.
In his career, O'Brien posted 19 shutouts, 2nd highest total in school history. He allowed 64 goals in 55 career games and his 1.16 goals against average is still among the best marks in school history. His 399 career saves are also second on the Tigers’ all-time list. He served as the team captain in both his junior and senior seasons.
O'Brien was honored as the winner of the Towson “Unsung Hero" award for men’s sports at the 1985 Towson Sports Awards Banquet. The following Fall, he served as an assistant coach for the Tigers. In 2000 he was honored to be inducted into the Towson University Athletic Hall of Fame.
He and his wife Donna reside in Eldersburg, Md. He is retired from Verizon Communications after a 29 year career. He earned his Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Baltimore in 1991 and is currently finishing his Master’s in Business and Technology Management here at Stevenson.
In addition to his work with Eldersburg youth soccer, he was a server and fund raiser for Catholic Charities “Our Daily Bread” shelter in downtown Baltimore.
O'Brien, retired from Verizon Communications, earned his Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Baltimore in 1991 and his Master’s in Business and Technology Management from Stevenson in 2015.
O'Brien and his wife Donna reside in Eldersburg.