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CHICAGO – DePaul University introduced on Monday that Michele O’Brien has been named the pinnacle coach of the ladies’s soccer program. O’Brien assumes the pinnacle position after serving as an affiliate head coach of the Blue Demons since 2014. She takes over because the fourth head coach in this system’s 25-year historical past.
“After conducting a nationwide search, I’m proud to raise Coach Michele O’Brien to the pinnacle coach position,” stated Director of Athletics, DeWayne Peevy. “Michele is an outstanding athlete, motivator, educator and tactician. She exemplifies the whole lot we wish our student-athletes to be along with her relentless work-ethic and keenness. I’m enthusiastic about her imaginative and prescient for our program and the way she is able to DREAM BIG about our future.”
“I wish to thank DeWayne, Jill Hollembeak and the remainder of the hiring committee for giving me this chance and believing in me,” stated O’Brien. “I’m actually excited concerning the imaginative and prescient and way forward for DePaul Athletics. I need to thank Erin Chastain for her help and for being an incredible colleague, mentor and good friend for the previous 12 years.”
O’Brien labored alongside former head coach Erin Chastain in all features of this system together with recruiting, scouting and participant growth. Even earlier than being named affiliate head coach, O’Brien contributed on the recruiting path, serving to the Blue Demons land standout Ashleigh Goddard and 2013 All-BIG EAST Third Team defender Rachel Pitman from England.
“I’d additionally prefer to thank the remainder of the athletic division for his or her help, and I’m wanting ahead to working with them in my new position,” stated O’Brien. “We have an amazing group of younger girls with a ton of potential, and I’m actually excited to proceed creating them as we work in the direction of our aim of being a championship program.” 
The New York native was named affiliate head coach in May of 2014 after serving to lead the Blue Demons to the BIG EAST Conference event in 4 of her first 5 seasons at DePaul. She was instrumental in DePaul advancing to its first BIG EAST title recreation in 2013 together with securing a berth within the NCAA event.
In 2014, O’Brien was instrumental in main the squad to a program-best 16-1-4 total report that was the fifth-best profitable proportion within the nation. DePaul set a faculty report with a 20-game undefeated streak, and by the tip of the common season was one among solely two packages (No. 1 UCLA) to stay unbeaten. The Blue Demons attained their highest nationwide rating when Soccer America ranked them at No. 7.
O’Brien began at DePaul as an assistant coach in 2009 whereas finishing her taking part in profession with the Ireland National Team. As a participant, O’Brien helped lead the Ireland aspect to the 2011 European Championships.In addition to her nationwide crew expertise with Ireland, O’Brien performed seven seasons within the United Soccer Leagues W-League and performed with the United Kingdom for the Arsenal Ladies Football Club. Arsenal, probably the most profitable crew within the U.Ok., competed in world-class occasions such because the European Cup and FA Cup.In the USL, she performed for the Long Island Rough Riders and with the New Jersey Sky Blue. O’Brien retired from aggressive soccer in 2012 after taking part in internationally for 10 seasons.
O’Brien served as an assistant coach at Columbia University (2005-07) and was an assistant at New York University (2004-05). She performed collegiately at Florida International University (1998-2001) and was a two-time Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year. She additionally earned first-team All-Sun Belt Conference honors twice and was a two-time All-Sun Belt Tournament choice. O’Brien graduated as FIU’s all-time chief in photographs, objectives and factors.O’Brien and her husband Blair Banwart, who works for the DePaul Athletics amenities division, have a daughter, Addison, and son, Wyatt.For the entire newest on DePaul Women’s Soccer, keep tuned to and comply with the crew on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.  

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