MILESTONE: Southwestern’s O’Brien picks up win #300

Southwestern College (IA) downed Tabor College last night 76-61, giving head coach Matt O’Brien’s his 300th victory as a collegiate head coach. The win pushed Southwestern’s record to 17-3 (11-3 KCAC), and increased their current winning streak to seven.

O’Brien is in his 13th season as the head coach of the Moundbuilders. In 2018 O’Brien became the winningest coach in the history of Southwestern, while being named KCAC coach of the year.  O’Brien has had twelve straight winning seasons, seven 20 win seasons, and is 15 wins shy of 300 wins, which puts him amongst the most active winning coaches in the NAIA.    

Other career highlights include:

All-Time winningest coach in Southwestern College history

2019 Kansas Basketball Coaches College Coach of the year

2018 KCAC Coach of the year

Coached 2019 National Player of the Year

11 straight winning seasons

6 straight 20 win seasons

2017-18 KCAC championship is the first Conference Championship since 2005-06

27 wins in 2017-18 are the 2nd most wins in school history

Ranked as high as #6 in the nation

Led Builders to 4 straight KCAC tournament championship games

National Tournament Appearance 2 of the last 3 years

First ever National Tournament win in school history

Back to Back Sweet 16 appearances

First ever Sweet 16 in school history

Has coached 4 All-Americans

Has coached 27 All-Conference Selections

Has coached Southwestern’s All-Time leader in scoring and rebounding (Cameron Clark)

2 time National Champion of Character Team

7 Team Scholar awards

Was selected twice to represent the USA to coach internationally with overall 11-2 record

Led his team to a Bronze medal in the 2018 United World Games

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