Promoted to assistant head coach in 2002, Bill O’Brien is in his second season as Georgia Tech’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach and his eighth year on the Rambling Wreck staff.
Under O’Brien, the Yellow Jackets led the Atlantic Coast Conference in passing and ranked third in scoring in 2001. Quarterback George Godsey set school records for passing yards (3,085 yards) and completions (249), including the best single-game performance in school history with 39 completions and 486 yards against Virginia, while running back Joe Burns became Tech’s first 1,000-yard rusher since 1995.
Three Tech offensive players earned first-team all-conference honors in 2001 in Burns, receiver Kelly Campbell and tackle Nat Dorsey.
A member of the Georgia Tech offensive staff since 1995, O’Brien coached Tech’s running backs for three years from 1998-2000 and was elevated to the position of offensive coordinator following the 2000 regular season.
O’Brien also served as Tech’s recruiting coordinator for two years (1999-2000), helping the Yellow Jackets attract highly-regarded recruiting classes.
In each of O’Brien’s three seasons as running backs coach, the Yellow Jackets ranked in the top three in the ACC in rushing, averaging 191.2 yards per game.
O’Brien spent his first three seasons (1995-97) at Tech as a graduate assistant coach, working with the offense.
Before coming to Tech in 1995, O’Brien coached two years at Brown, tutoring the Bears’ tight ends in 1993 and then linebackers in 1994.
A native of Andover, Mass., O’Brien was a three-year letterman at Brown, where played linebacker and defensive line. He graduated from Brown in 1992 with a bachelor of arts degree with a double concentration in political science and organizational behavior management.
O’Brien, 32, is married to the former Colleen Corron.