UMBC Athletics Staff Bios
Tim O’Brien returns for his sixth season after he was previously a volunteer assistant under Jancuska in 1992, when fellow assistant coach Bob Mumma was a Retriever player and UMBC made the NCAA Tournament.
The Niagara University alum spent time as an associate scout for the Florida Marlins and Baltimore Orioles from 1993 to 2005. O’Brien won numerous awards as head coach of Long Reach High School in Columbia, Md., from 1997-2008, including Coach of the Year by The Baltimore Sun and The Washington Post and Regional Coach of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches’ Association. While at Long Reach, he served as president of the Maryland State Baseball Coaches’ Association.
O’Brien spent the 2010 summer as pitching coach for the USA Women’s National Team and was previously the pitching coach for the Men’s Champion’s Program that earned gold medals for USA Baseball in the Pan-American Games in 2007 in Guatemala and in Puerto Rico in 2008. In his time at UMBC, O’Brien helped former UMBC standout Dan Blewett recover from Tommy John surgery to become the Retrievers’ most recent professional player.
O’Brien is currently a teacher at Long Reach, and lives with his wife, Mary Beth, in Columbia, Md. Both of their sons, Robbie, who is a civil engineer in Baltimore, and Kevin, who is an accountant in Virginia, played collegiate baseball.