As a player, Patricia O'Brien won an NCAA Division 3 basketball championship at Salem State College.
As a head coach, she guided the Colby College women's basketball program to the ECAC tournament four times, winning the title in 2001.
Now, she has been hired to turn the fortunes of a Framingham State women's basketball program that has not posted a winning record since the 2002-03 season.
"We really excited to have Trish come on, she comes with pretty good qualifications," said Framingham State College athetic director Tom Kelley. "She's a state college grad, and she knows what it takes to get this program right."
O'Brien, the head women's basketball coach at MIT the past two seasons, will also serve in a newly-created position at Framingham State, recruiting coordinator for athletics. She is the college's only fulltime women's coach.
"The college did an extensive study, and with so many part-time coaches, a recruiting coordinator was one of our top needs.," said Kelley. "This will allow us to streamline our efforts in recruiting. This is a start. And because 70 percent of our students are women, we need to start adding fulltime women's coaches."
O'Brien started her head coaching career at Rivier College (1992-95) before compiling a 140-115 mark in 10 seasons at Colby (1996-2005), winning the ECAC crown in 2001. Last week, she resigned as head coach at MIT, where she compiled an 11-36 mark in two seasons, to accept her new position.
"MIT is a different place to coach, you're kind of dealt a hand," in the recruitment of players, said Kelley. "But she was pretty successful at Colby. She is very competitive and now she's back in charge of her own destiny."
At Salem State, she was a two-time All-MASCAC selection, an All-New England selection and a Kodak District I All-American. She was elected to the college's Hall of Fame in 1994.
Framingham State finished 7-17 a year ago under second-year coach Bob Kelley, who also is the women's field hockey coach at the college.
-- Craig Larson
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