Tim O’Brien returns for his fifth season and will be working with the infield and team defense after spending three years working with the pitching staff.
Under O'Brien's tutelage, the Retrievers decreased their team ERA over two runs per game. Austin Drewyer ranked second in NCAA Division I in fewest walks per nine innings while the entire staff ranked 49th. Drewyer and Mike Mitchell ranked among the country's leaders in complete games, ranking ninth and 42nd, respectively. O'Brien's work with the staff included a more rigourous fitness program and the benefits paid dividends with not a single pitcher missing time due to injury in 2011.
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.