Veteran Coach O’Brien Joins Stony Brook WSOC

O'Brien, Stony Brook
Jim O'Brien. Image via Stony Brook Univ.

New Stony Brook women’s soccer coach Tobias Bischof has added a veteran presence to his staff with the hiring of Jim O’Brien as an assistant coach.

O’Brien joins the Seawolves after one season with Mercy College. He led the Mavericks to a 12-3-2 record, advancing to the semifinals of the East Coast Conference Women’s Soccer Championship. The team also earned a berth in the 2018 NCAA Division II Championship.

O’Brien is the second hire for Bischof. He recently named Stony Brook alumnae Shannon Grogan as an assistant coach.

“I am very pleased to have the opportunity to work with Coach Bischof as well as Coach Grogan here at SBU,” O’Brien said. “This was an opportunity that I am eager to take on and look forward to a great future of success with our program. Having been born and raised on Long Island, my career has come full circle as I return to my roots.”

Before his tenure at Mercy, the Southern Connecticut State graduate spent 12 years at Fairfield. He is the all-time winningest coach in Stags history.

The former MAAC and United Soccer Coaches Northeast Region Coach of the Year also founded the women’s soccer program at Southern Connecticut State. In 10 years at SCSU he was 105-56-8.

He earned a 2000 Northeast-10 Regular Season Title and Regional Coach of the Year honors for an undefeated regular season with the Owls.

“I am honored to welcome a great coach like Jim,” Bischof said. “His wealth of experience in the game will be great for our team to learn from and I can’t wait for him to help guide us back to an America East Tournament title and the NCAA Tournament.”

In his 23 seasons at the Division I and II levels, O’Brien has accumulated a 236-158-51 record, including 119 of those wins with the Stags at the Division I level.

He will join the Seawolves on the sideline when the team opens its spring schedule on March 31 against Fairleigh Dickinson at 3:30 p.m. at LaValle Stadium