Michele O?Brien Joins Women's Soccer Coaching Staff
CHICAGO DePaul women’s soccer coach Erin Chastain announced that Michele O’Brien has joined the women’s soccer staff as an assistant coach. O’Brien, a member of Ireland’s National Team since 2003, brings elite-level playing and coaching experience to the sidelines of Wish Field.
“Michele will be an exceptional addition to our staff,” said Chastain. “She has an outstanding playing background both in the United States and Internationally for Ireland and has been successful for many years as a coach at the Division I level. I look forward to the immediate impact she will make on our team and program. Hiring someone of Michele’s background and experience is a huge step for our program and I couldn’t be more excited.”
In addition to her National Team experience with Ireland, O’Brien played the last seven seasons in the USL W-League and played in the United Kingdom for the Arsenal Ladies Football Club. Arsenal, the most successful team in the U.K., competed in world-class events such as the European Cup and FA Cup. In the USL, she played six seasons for the Long Island Rough Riders before one season with New Jersey Sky Blue. Ireland is currently ranked 27th in the FIFA World Rankings out of 116 national teams from around the globe.
O’Brien served as an assistant coach at Columbia University from 2005-07 and was an assistant at New York University from 2004-05. She played collegiately at Florida International University from 1998-2001 and was a two-time Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year. She also earned first team All-Sun Belt Conference honors twice and was a two-time All-Sun Belt Tournament selection. O’Brien is FIU’s all-time leader in shots (288), goals (58) and points (134) and is second in program history in assists (18).