Bill O’Brien was born on October 23, 1969 in Dorchester, Massachusetts. He is the Head Coach for the Houston Texans and has been coaching in the NFL and college since 1993.
10 interesting facts about Houston Texans Head Coach Bill O’Brien
Bill O’Brien went to Brown University and played on their football team as a defensive end and linebacker from 1990-1992.
His first coaching job was at his college alma mater, Brown University where in his first two years, he was the Tight End and Inside Linebacker Coach.
He was hired by the Georgia Tech and spent 8 season there coaching the running backs, Quarterbacks and in 2001 and 2002 he was the offensive coordinator. During his two years as the offensive assistant at Georgia Tech, their record was 9-4 and 7-6 putting up an average of 31 and 21 points respectively.
Bill O’Brien left Georgia Tech for a job as the running back coach at the University of Maryland where he stayed for two years coaching RBs Josh Allen and Bruce Perry.
He was hired to be the Offensive Coordinator for Duke University in 2005 and spent two years there before being hired to his first job in the NFL for the New England Patriots as an Offensive Assistant. The following year he was promoted to wide receiver coach and that year when OC Josh McDaniels left to become head coach for the Denver Broncos, O’Brien took over play calling duties and QB coach. He was officially named Offensive Coordinator in 2011.
Bill O’Brien was hired to be Penn State Head Coach in 2012, following the Jerry Sandusky scandal and the retiring of longtime Head coach and Brown Alumni Joe Paterno. O’Brien is the 15th head football coach for Penn State.
Bill O’Brien had a great first year at Penn State despite the NCAA sanctions that cost the school 40 scholarships per year. He finished that first year with a record of 8-4.
Bill O’Brien was awarded the Big Ten Coach of the Year award for winning more games in his freshman year by both the media and his peers. He was named National Coach of the Year by ESPN and was the recipient of the 2012 Paul “Bear” Bryant College Coach of the Year Award.
He interviewed in early 2013 for the head coaching positions of the Cleveland Browns and the Philadelphia Eagles but declined both jobs opting to stay at Penn Sate for another year.
Bill O’Brien was hired to be the Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator of the Houston Texans on January 2, 2014, He replaces Gary Kubiak after the Texans finished 2-14 finishing last place in the NFL. O’Brien proceeded to trade away Starting QB Matt Schaub, signed Tennessee Titans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and used his #1 2014 NFL draft pick for DE Jadeveon Clowney.
Sources:GO PSU Sports , Patriots Team Page , Battle Red , The New York Times , Penn Live , Brown Alumni Magazine , The Sporting News
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