Assistant Baseball Coach Mark O'Brien Named Head Baseball Coach At Santa Clara
June 11, 2001
Santa Clara, Calif. - Stanford assistant baseball coach Mark O'Brien has been named the new head baseball coach at Santa Clara. O'Brien has been one of the nation's most successful Division I assistant coaches and is a native of Mountain View, Calif. O'Brien will begin his duties at Santa Clara on June 18 following the conclusion of the Cardinal's appearance in the College World Series in Omaha, Neb. The CWS championship game is scheduled for Saturday, June 16. Terms of O'Brien's five-year contract were not disclosed.
'I am truly excited and honored to have the opportunity to serve as Santa Clara's baseball coach,' said O'Brien. 'I grew up watching some great college baseball players and coaches at Buck Shaw Stadium and always felt that Santa Clara was a place I'd like to be. There is certainly a commitment to success at Santa Clara and our baseball program will be reflective of that both on the field and off of it. I believe we can win championships at Santa Clara and our program will focus every ounce of energy in working toward doing exactly that, while representing the institution in a first-class manner.'
O'Brien has served as an assistant coach and a recruiting coordinator for the past three years at Stanford and helped lead the Cardinal to three straight appearances in the prestigious College World Series. Stanford compiled a 150-47 record over the last three years for a .761 winning percentage with O'Brien handling the hitting and infield coaching duties. He also has served as the team's first base coach and has been heavily involved in all phases of recruiting.
A 1993 graduate of San Jose State, O'Brien began his career as the head assistant baseball coach at Cal Poly for the 1995, 1996 and 1997 seasons. While at Cal Poly, he served as the program's recruiting coordinator and attracted classes that were rated among the top 40 in the country.
Following his stint at Cal Poly, O'Brien served as the head coach at DeAnza College for the 1998 season and mentored each of the nine sophomore players on the team to advance their education at four-year institutions.
A graduate of Saint Francis High School in Mountain View, Calif., O'Brien began his college career as a baseball player at DeAnza College and San Jose State. While at DeAnza, he earned all-Northern California honors and was an all-Alaska League player during the summer of 1991. After earning a scholarship at San Jose State, O'Brien served as a team captain and was the program's defensive player of the year and a two-time scholar athlete honoree.