Michele O’Brien has been named head coach of DePaul girls’s soccer group, the college introduced Monday. In 12 years with DePaul, she has served as an assistant coach from 2009-2014 and the affiliate head coach since 2014.
“After conducting a nationwide search, I’m proud to raise Coach Michele O’Brien to the head coach position,” DePaul athletic director DeWayne Peevy mentioned in a press release. “Michele is an exceptional athlete, motivator, educator and tactician. She exemplifies every part we wish our student-athletes to be together with her relentless work-ethic and fervour.”
O’Brien performed at Florida International University, the place she completed her profession as the college’s all-time chief in pictures and targets.
She performed professionally internationally for the Ireland National Team and in England with the Arsenal Ladies Football Club and Watford Ladies. She additionally performed nationally with the Long Island Rough Riders, Jersey Sky Blue and Chicago Red Eleven of the USL.
“I believe all of my experiences have actually come collectively and formed me for this second,” O’Brien informed The DePaulia. “I believe my worldwide expertise with the Irish National Team and simply taking part in overseas for various golf equipment in Europe simply has been an incredible expertise and a number of publicity.”
She additionally served as an assistant coach at New York University from 2004-2005 and at Columbia University from 2005-2007.
In her time with DePaul, O’Brien helped lead the group to a program-best total report of 16-1-4 in 2014. She has additionally performed a giant position in recruiting and constructing the group.
“First and foremost, DePaul girls’s soccer all the time delight ourselves on the gamers and work ethic,” O’Brien mentioned. “I believe that that’s all the time a staple of our program, so, for me, after I’m watching gamers, I believe that stands out to me, is gamers who’re decided, the gamers who work laborious.”
O’Brien is taking up the place from former head coach Erin Chastain, who accepted the head teaching place at University of Minnesota, DePaul introduced on June 11.
“The progress all through the season is thrilling to see,” O’Brien mentioned. “From the primary sport to the final sport and simply seeing how a lot gamers have grown as people and our group as a complete as a collective unit. And I’m hoping that with everybody doing their job and being disciplined, that each one provides as much as the tip consequence that we wish, and that’s to win the Big East.”