Wednesday , Mar , 22 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Idaho State names O’Brien head basketball coach

Pocatello, ID (Sports Network) – Idaho State has named Joe O’Brien its new
men’s basketball coach.

Idaho State Director of Athletics Paul A. Bubb made the announcement Wednesday
at a press conference, selecting O’Brien to replace Doug Oliver, who stepped
down at the conclusion of this past season.

“As I and members of the search committee visited with references we
constantly heard about how hard of a worker Coach O’Brien was, how committed
he was to the academic success of his players, and his ability to out-coach
teams that often were more talented,” said Bubb. “Many have described him as
being one of the best-prepared floor coaches they have ever seen.”

One of just three coaches to ever win three Junior College National
Championships, O’Brien owns a career head coaching record of 313-117 and a
.728 winning percentage.

O’Brien, 51, began his collegiate head coaching career at Lincoln (Ill.)
College and registered a 100-53 mark in five seasons, including four straight
20-win seasons.

In 1996, he became the head coach at Southeastern (Iowa) Community College and
led the BlackHawks to winning records in all eight years, three of which were
30-win seasons. He amassed a 213-64 record at SCC.

O’Brien has earned six national Coach of the Year honors, and three District
XI Coach of the Year honors.

Idaho State finished the 2005-06 season with a record of 13-14, including 4-10
in the Big Sky Conference, and did not qualify for the league tournament.