|Title:||Head Men's Basketball Coach|
Jim O'Brien enters his third year at Emerson as he continues to rebuild the Men's Basketball Program. Last season, with an exceptionally young team, the Lions showed tremendous progress as they more than doubled their win total and qualified for the New England ECAC Tournament.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, after a stellar career at St. Francis Prep, O'Brien played at Boston College for Hall of Fame coaches Bob Cousy and Chuck Daly. Following graduation he played professionally for four seasons in the American Basketball Association, playing one year for basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain.
Prior to coaching at Emerson, O'Brien coached at the Division I level for 27 years. He spent five years as an assistant coach at the University of Connecticut, followed by head coaching stops at St. Bonaventure University, Boston College and Ohio State University.
Jim's BC teams made post season appearances in five of his last six seasons, highlighted by the Elite Eight in 1993-94 and the Big East Championship in 1996-97.
At OSU, O'Brien took his teams to four consecutive NCAA tournaments, winning Big 10 titles in 2000 and 2002 and advancing to the Final Four in 1999.
For his efforts, Jim has been named Coach of the Year in three different conferences, the Atlantic 10, the Big East and twice in the Big 10 and was selected National Co-Coach of the Year in 1999.
During his career, Jim has served as a spokesperson for various charities including the Parkinson Foundation, Make A Wish Foundation and the Ronald McDonald House. Additionally, he has served as a volunteer mentor for the Boston Scholar Athlete Program, an organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of the experience for the student-athlete's of Boston's inner city public schools.
O'Brien has two married daughters, Erin Wright and Amy Siggens and a six year old granddaughter, Marin. He and his wife Mary reside in Boston.
|Title:||Associate Head Coach|
Bill Curley begins his third season on the bench with Jim O'Brien at Emerson after spending four years as the Boys Basketball Coach at Thayer Academy in Braintree, Mass.
Bill was an outstanding player at Duxbury, HS where, as a senior he was recognized as one of the nation's premier players by being selected to the prestigious McDonald's All-American Team in 1990.
Opting to play for current Emerson Coach Jim O'Brien at Boston College, Curley continued his illustrious career by being named Big East Conference Rookie of the Year as a freshmen and All Big East First Team in both his junior and senior years. His college career was culminated by leading BC to the NCAA Elite Eight highlighted by consecutive wins over North Carolina (Dean Smith) and Indiana (Bob Knight) in 1994.
Upon graduating from BC Bill was drafted in the first round by the NBA's San Antonio Spurs and then went on to have a seven year pro career.
Bill continues to run and operate his very succesful Bill Curley Basketball Clinics on the South Shore. Bill, his wife Kim and children Jack (14), Caroline (12) and Andrew (8) live in Duxbury.
|Title:||Assistant Men's Basketball Coach|
Jack also begins his third season as an assistant for Jim O'Brien.
An Andover, Mass. native, Jack was named All-Scholastic by both the Boston Globe and Boston Herald in 2004 as a senior at Andover High. He then went on to Franklin Pierce University and was a three year letter winner and two year captain. He finished his collegiate career at WIT where he was nominated for the prestigious Bob Cousy Award which goes to the best player in New England under six feet.
This year Jack will take on even more responsibilities with the Men's Basketball Program. In addition to his on court coaching duties, Jack will serve as the Lions recruiting coordinator. He also will edit the staff's scouting tapes as well as organize the film exchange program.
|Title:||Assistant Men's Basketball Coach|
Rico Cabral begins his first season as an Assistant at Emerson under Head Coach Jim O'Brien and brings an abundance of experience with him. Cabral spent the previous 22 seasons as the Head Coach at Mount Ida College. Rico played his college ball at Boston State College under Boston Celtic Hall of Famer, Jim Luscatoff.
Prior to Mount Ida, Cabral spent five seasons at the helm of Massasiot Community College, as well as six seasons at Marshfield High School. Prior to becoming a Head Coach, Cabral also served on Coach O'Brien's staff at St. Bonaventure and Boston College. With over 470 wins as a Head Coach, Cabral is a member of the new England Basketball Hall of Fame. Rico resides in Walpole with his wife Patti, and two sons, Joe and Mike.
Matt Gibson joins the Men’s Basketball staff at Emerson this year as Video Coordinator after graduating from Lesley University in 2013. At Lesley, Gibson served as team captain, leading the Lynx in scoring with 11.4 ppg in the NECC and earning team MVP in his senior season.
Gibson was inducted into the National Honors Society for Collegiate Athletes while earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. A graduate student at Emerson College, he is on track to receive his Master’s Degree in Global Communications in May of 2014.
As Video Coordinator, Gibson is responsible for editing all film on upcoming opponents for scouting purposes as well as breaking down film on past Emerson basketball contests using Sportstec’s Gamebreaker software.
A native of Quincy, MA, Gibson also writes for Dime Magazine, which he represented this summer at the NBA Draft in Brooklyn and NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.