On Tuesday, Virginia announced that assistant Tom O’Brien is set to retire from the game as he spent a coaching career spanning forty years, and sportsbook software services can imagine how many fans must have felt when they learned about this.
The coach, who very recently ended the second year in the staff of the Cavaliers, used to be NC State’s head coach for six years and was ten seasons working with Boston College.
“I want to thank Mike London for giving me the opportunity to come back and coach at Virginia,” said O’Brien, 66-years-old, about the head coach of the Cavaliers. “It is a great university, and I have a lot of wonderful memories from my time here with him and with Coach [George] Welsh.
“I would be remiss if I did not thank the most important people in my life — my wife, Jennifer, and our children Colleen, Daniel and Bridget. They were very loving and supportive throughout this entire journey. Through thick and thin, they were always there for me.”
O’Brien, who graduated from the Naval Academy, was coaching at the school under Welsh before he joined him for the first spell that he had at Virginia, where for 15 years he was working as an assistant.
From that point on, O’Brien was Boston College’s head coach from 1997 until 2006, becoming the coach to clinch the most wins in the history of the Eagles, at 75-45 – something that proves that he always knew how to handle his role.
When he was at NC State, the coach had a record of 40-35 in the six seasons that he was there.
“It’s been a pleasure to reunite with Tom the last two seasons,” said London. “… He was a great mentor when I was on his staff at Boston College and someone I respect tremendously. His retirement is a loss for college football.
“Tom is a coach who has always done things the right way, stood by his principles and instilled great values in the players he has coached. He’s done all of that while being very successful.”
The football world and sportsbook software services know very well how much O’Briren contributed to the game, and after 40 years perhaps it is time for him to rest from coaching. His fans will definitely miss him, and will always remember how much he helped the sport.