Ashley O’Brien enters her second season as an assistant coach with the Brown University women’s soccer program in 2015, having joined head coach Phil Pincince’s staff in June 2014.
O’Brien mentored four All-Ivy student-athletes in 2014 in Maclaine Lehan ’18, Charlotte Beach ’16, Carly Gould ’17, and Anastasia Gillen ’15 with Lehan and Beach also both earning All-New England honors. O’Brien also helped Chloe Cross ’15 gain an invitation to the NEWISA Senior Bowl.
"I am very excited about adding Ashley O'Brien to the Brown soccer staff. Ashley will bring experience, passion and energy as she has been involved in Division I women's soccer for almost a decade," Pincince said upon her hiring. "She was a two-sport athlete and that experience will be great with our younger players trying to find a balance between academics and athletics."
From 2011-13, O'Brien spent three seasons at the University of Idaho as an assistant coach, focusing on the designing and execution of practice plans as well as the recruiting of prospective players. She also served as interim head coach for Idaho after the 2013 season, finalizing the spring and fall schedules and communicating with recruits.
O'Brien worked with the Idaho Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program and also served as head coach of the Moscow United Soccer Club's U15 team.
A native of Broad Brook, Conn., O'Brien split her collegiate career between the University of Connecticut and the University of San Francisco, appearing in 56 combined matches between the Huskies and Dons. At USF, O'Brien was a NSCAA Second Team All-West selection in 2009 while also earning All-West Coast Conference Honorable Mention accolades that season.
A two-sport athlete at both institutions, O'Brien participated in soccer and track and field, leaving USF with the school's all-time record in the 800 meters. She graduated from Connecticut in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in Business Marketing before earning a master's degree in Sports Management from San Francisco in 2011. O'Brien currently holds a USSF National "C" coaching license.