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Academy Leaders

Dan O'Brien

Dan O’Brien is the head baseball coach at Santa Clara University. He took over the program in the 2011-2012 season and is the 36th head coach in school history. Coach O'Brien has had numerous athletes recognized for All-Conference and All-American honors, as well as athletes who have been drafted to play in Major League Baseball. 

Before taking over at SCU, O'Brien spent 14 years at the head coach at UC San Deigo. Under O'Brien's guidance, the Tritons earned berths in the California Collegiate Athletic Association Championship (CCAA) Tournament eight years running, winning the tournament title in 2005, ‘09, ‘10 and ‘11. UCSD made five consecutive NCAA Regional appearances, claimed back-to-back West Regional crowns in 2009 and ‘10, and appeared in the DII College World Series in both 2009 and 2010. In 2011, O'Brien was honored as the Daktronics West Region Coach of the Year, the NCBWA West Region Co-Coach of the Year and the CCAA Coach of the Year. 

When it comes to the development of a team culture, creating a coaching philosophy, and teaching life skills through sports, there are few as knowledgeable as Coach O'Brien.