Pine Manor College head men’s basketball coach Rich Fazzi has recently announced the promotion of assistant coach Evan O’Brien to associate head coach.
O’Brien is entering his third year on the PMC staff where he has helped coach Fazzi build the Gator program from the ground up. As the program enters just its third year in existence, Pine Manor looks to build on last season’s ECAC tournament appearance and its all-time .553% winning percentage.
“OB has done a great job for us, helping to build the program and recruiting talented student-athletes to our campus,” said Fazzi. “I think his past experience at this level has been extremely valuable to us especially in terms of practices, in-game advice and in our recruiting efforts.”
O’Brien arrived at Pine Manor in 2014 after spending three seasons on the men’s basketball staff at Framingham State University. He took over as the Ram’s interim head coach for the end of the 2012-13 season and in 2013-14, went on to lead the Rams to their first MASCAC playoff appearance in three years.
Prior to Framingham State, O’Brien spent four years at Newbury College in Brookline, Mass. There he took over as head men’s basketball coach midway through the 2007-08 season and went on to lead the Nighthawks to a 17-4 record while winning the New England ECAC Championship. He later guided the program as they entered the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC), securing the program’s first ever conference playoff and semifinal appearances. He recruited the 2010 NECC Rookie of the Year and the school’s second all-time leading scorer while also overseeing the development of the top five leading scorers in program history. O’Brien also stands as the Newbury basketball program’s all-time winningest coach.