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
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.