(Dorn) O’Brien returns for her sixth season as a full time member of the
University of Connecticut women’s soccer coaching staff. She served two years
as a volunteer assistant before joining the Husky coaching staff on a full-time
basis for the 2003 season. Prior to her coaching career, O’Brien graduated from
UConn in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in sport marketing. A magna cum laude
graduate in the university’s Honors Program, she received both the John
McClendon Memorial Postgraduate Scholarship and the NCAA Enhancement
Postgraduate Scholarship to pursue further education.
graduation, O’Brien began her master’s degree at UConn in sports management and
served as a graduate assistant in the athletic department. That same year, she
was drafted in the fifth round of the Women’s United Soccer Association’s (WUSA)
inaugural draft as the 40th overall pick. Putting her master’s degree on hold,
O’Brien played two years (2001, 2002) for the San Jose CyberRays and was a
member of the 2001 Founder’s Cup Championship team. Playing along side former
U.S. national team stars Brandi Chastain and Tisha Venturi-Hoch, and Brazilian
internationals Sissi and Katia, O’Brien was a defensive midfielder for the
CyberRays, playing in 34 games and starting 18 throughout her two years there.
to the WUSA, O’Brien was the mainstay of the Husky defense from 1995-1999 and
was captain her senior year. She played in 92 games, making 82 starts,
recording six goals and eight assists for 20 points. O’Brien finished her
career at UConn with an overall record of 83-17-3, advanced to three NCAA
quarterfinals and one trip to the NCAA Final in 1997. O’Brien was named Second
Team All-BIG EAST in 1998 and First Team in 1999. Also in 1999, O’Brien was
selected as a NSCAA Second Team All-American, a NSCAA Academic All-American and
a UConn Club Outstanding Senior Scholar-Athlete. For her accomplishments as a
youth, college and professional player, O’Brien was inducted into the
Connecticut Girl’s Soccer Coaches Association Hall of Fame in the fall of 2006.
addition to her coaching duties at UConn, O’Brien has been involved with various
youth clubs and camps. From 1997-2000, O’Brien served as an assistant coach
with Windsor World Class and in 2005, O’Brien worked with the U-10 girl’s
developmental team at Farmington Sports Arena (FSA). In 2005, she also served
as an Assistant Coach for the U-13 Connecticut Olympic Development Program
team. She has been involved with several camps and clinics including the
Pioneer Soccer School, Keene State Camp, Ray Reid Soccer School and the
SoccerPlus Field Player Academy. While in San Jose, Calif., she ran clinics for
youth teams throughout the Bay Area.
O’Brien, a native of West Hartford, Conn., attended William Hall High School
where she was a NSCAA High School All-American in soccer and an All-State player
in tennis. O’Brien currently resides in West Hartford with her husband, Jimmy
and their son, Casey.