O’Brien was tabeed as the first head coach in VCU Lacrosse history and now enters her fourth season at the helm of the Rams.
In 2018, the third year of the program, O'Brien was named the Atlantic 10 Co-Coach of the Year after guiding the Rams to their first Atlantic 10 Championship berth. VCU posted its first winning record in conference play at 5-4 and snapped UMass' NCAA-record 61-game conference winning streak. At the end of the regular season, Sky Hyatt and Molly Barcikowski were named to the All-Atlantic 10 Second Team. Hyatt and Kelley Flint also received All-Academic Team honors.
In her second season in 2017, the Rams posted a 7-10 record in their second season. It marked a four-win improvement from the program's first season. Hyatt was named to the Atlantic 10 First Team while Keriann McTavish was named to the All-Rookie Team. Olivia McGrath also earned All-Atlantic 10 Academic Team honors.
The program began intercollegiate play in 2016 the right way under O’Brien’s guidance, as the program won it's inaugeral game 21-9 over Gardner-Webb on Feb. 14, 2016. Both Sky Hyatt and Molly Barcikowski earned All-Atlantic 10 Rookie Team honors under her guidance as well.
O’Brien came to VCU after spending five seasons as an assistant coach at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md. In charge of the Blue Jays offense, she helped JHU rank in the top-40 nationally in goals per game over the past five seasons. Along the way, the Blue Jays racked up 43 wins in one of the toughest conferences in the country, the American Lacrosse Conference.
Prior to her time at Hopkins, O’Brien spent one year at Stanford, serving as the co-head coach and helped guide the Cardinal to a 12-8 record and the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament Championship.
“It is an absolute honor to be selected as the first coach to lead the VCU women's lacrosse program. I am so appreciative of Director of Athletics, Ed McLaughlin, and the confidence he has shown in me. I would also like to thank the Search Committee and entire VCU family for allowing me to immediately feel at home,” O’Brien said. “I could not be more excited to represent VCU and it's tremendous athletic tradition while establishing a women's lacrosse tradition of our own! It is an exciting time for both VCU Athletics and women's lacrosse and I look forward to successfully contributing to both."
The Eldersburg, Md. native had a stellar four-year playing career at UMBC, where she was a four-year starter, two-time captain and twice earned Second Team All-America East honors. She finished her career with 86 goals and 56 assists for 142 points and, as a senior, led the team in assists (18) and points (44). Her 56 assists ranked fourth in school history when she graduated.
O’Brien and her husband, Steve, reside in Richmond with their two children, Elle and Quinn.