Kevin O’Brien begins his third year as the head coach of the Lipscomb women’s soccer program after being named to the post in February 2012. O’Brien is the third women’s coach of the NCAA Division I era at Lipscomb.
O’Brien is excited for the opportunities at Lipscomb.
“I’m overjoyed to be joining the Lipscomb family,” O’Brien said. “I am grateful to Philip Hutcheson and the search committee for putting their trust in me as their coach. I believe the future is bright for the Lady Bison soccer program and I am honored that I was chosen to lead these young women into a prosperous new era.
“Building a program that will have a lasting impact and reputation in women’s soccer is a process that will take some time. It will take strong tactical coaching and player development initially, along with a transformation of the culture and expectations within the program, all the while creating a competitive and deep squad through recruiting”.
This is O’Brien’s first head coaching job. He had been the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator of the men’s soccer program at Davidson College since 2009 and has shown to be not only a strong coach, but savvy recruiter as well. He assembled a top-notch recruiting class in 2011, including three players ranked in the top 150 nationally by College Soccer News.
On the field, O’Brien was part of Davidson’s staff that led the Wildcats to upset three top-25 programs in the past three seasons, including a victory against the National Champion North Carolina Tar Heels last season. Both the 2009 and 2010 squads were ranked in the National Top 25 at one point in their respective seasons.
Prior to joining the staff at Davidson, O’Brien served as the top assistant and recruiting coordinator with another NSCAA Top 25 program - the Charlotte 49ers. The 49ers were NCAA College Cup finalists in 2011, with seven of eleven starters being recruited by Coach O’Brien in his time with the program.
In his playing days, O’Brien led College of Charleston to two NCAA post season appearances, multiple top-20 rankings, the Elite 8 and was a two-time All-Conference selection and All-South Region player. Following his collegiate career, he played professionally (USL) for 8 years with the Charleston Battery and Charlotte Eagles.
As an assistant at the college level, O’Brien has also worked at Creighton, Oregon State and Presbyterian College.
O’Brien holds a USSF "A" License and the NSCAA Advanced National Diploma. He spent several years coaching in the North Carolina Olympic Development Program and won a national championship in 2006.
O'Brien led the Lady Bisons to a historic 2013 season. The team made it to the Atlantic Sun Tournament for the first time in program history. They finished the year with an overall record of 6-8-5 and a conference record of 3-3-3, a program best.
O'Brien also encouraged strong classroom participation, which ultimately earned the team the Team Academic Award by the National Soccer Coaches' Association of America. The squad posted a combined GPA of at least 3.0 to take home the honor.
O'Brien is eager to continue building the Lipscomb women’s soccer program.
“My vision for the women’s soccer program at Lipscomb University is to pursue excellence,” O’Brien said. “If we strive for excellence in all we do and pursue it with a passion on the field, in the classroom and around town we will reap the successes that accompany this vision.”
He married his wife, Shannon, a former University of Arizona women's soccer player, in 2003. Shannon played professionally for the Charlotte Lady Eagles. They have a 6-year old daughter, Keely and a 3-year son, Keegan.