Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/4/15
From press Release
Hood College has named Molly O’Brien (Unionville), a former assistant coach at Division I Monmouth University, as its new women’s lacrosse head coach.
“We are extremely pleased to announce Molly O’Brien as our head coach of women’s lacrosse,” Director of Athletics Tom Dickman said. “Molly’s successful playing and coaching experience under Denise Wescott at Monmouth University will serve her well in her initial head coaching position. In recruiting, I believe she will hit the ground running as she is very connected to the club lacrosse circuit and high school teams.”
O’Brien, a 2011 graduate of Monmouth, joined the Hawks coaching staff after finishing her playing career. She helped guide a 2013 team that produced both the Northeast Conference’s Player and Rookie of the Year. O’Brien worked primarily with the Hawks’ attack, helping with scouting opponents and film breakdown.
“I would like to thank Director of Athletics Tom Dickman for this opportunity,” O’Brien said. “It is an honor to be selected as Hood’s head women’s lacrosse coach. I am excited and eager to build this program and develop the team to become a top conference competitor.”
O’Brien has served as the program director for girl’s lacrosse for Next Level Lacrosse in Bethesda, Md. since July 2014.
As a player, she was a two-year captain and participated on the 2010 USAC Stars U-19 team. O’Brien’s fifth-year season was cut short in 2012 after suffering a knee injury just four games into the year. O’Brien was a prolific midfielder for the Hawks, starting in 58 career contests. The Kennett Square, Pa. native scored 75 goals and assisted on 32 others for 107 points, including a junior campaign in which she registered at least a point in every game.
She will also serve as the equipment manager for Hood’s athletic department.
O’Brien received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Monmouth in 2011 in applied communication with a minor in sports communication. Upon graduation, she began working on her master’s degree in corporate and public communication.