O´Brien Named Interim Men´s and Women´s Tennis Coach at Connecticut College
NEW LONDON, Conn.--Chris O´Brien has been named the interim head coach of the men´s and women´s tennis programs at Connecticut College.
"I´m excited to be at a place where there is such deep tradition," O´Brien said. "It´s great to work with both teams that are motivated and looking to excel. Both teams have great leadership and great depth."
O´Brien spent the previous six years as the men´s and women´s tennis coach at Roger Williams University, where he serves as the director of study advocacy. Prior to coaching at Roger Williams, O´Brien was the head men´s tennis coach at the University of Rochester, his alma mater.
"We are excited that Chris will coach our tennis program this spring," Fran Shields, the Katherine Wenk Christoffers '45 Director of Athletics at Connecticut College, said. "We´re fortunate to have a collegiate coach with 12 years of experience working with our student-athletes."
O´Brien has already begun working with both teams in preparation for the upcoming season. The women´s team will open the season with a home match against Skidmore March 14. Both teams will travel to Orlando, Fla., where the men´s team will open with a March 16 match against Roger Williams.
At Roger Williams, O´Brien led the women´s team to back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Tournament in 2007 and 2008. The men´s team was also successful, reaching the second round of Nationals in 2009.
O´Brien will continue to serve as the director of student advocacy at Roger Williams, managing the student advocacy office and directing the peer mentoring program for all incoming freshmen. O´Brien also serves as a matriculation advisor for the campus, teaches a first year seminar and probation class to freshmen and directs a leadership program for underrepresented students there.
At the University of Rochester, O´Brien´s teams qualified for the NCAA Championship from 2001-2003. He also served as the men´s squash coach for three years and the women´s squash coach from 2002-2003.
O´Brien replaces former head coach Paul Huch, who resigned earlier this year to pursue other coaching opportunities.
March 3, 2010