Dan O’Brien is in his second year coachingthe outside linebackers, assisting Justin Davis.
Navy finished the 2014 campaign with an 8-5 record, qualified for a bowl game for the 11th time in the last 12 years, won a bowl game for just the ninth time in school history (beat San Diego State, 17-16, in the Poinsettia Bowl), won a bowl game in back-to-back years for the second time in school history and defeated Army for a series-record 13th consecutive year. Head coach Ken Niumatalolo (57-35, .620) became the all-time winningest coach in school history in 2014, passing George Welsh, when Navy defeated Army for a record 13th-consecutive time. The victory over the Black Knights also made Niumatalolo the first coach in the history of the Army-Navy game to start his coaching career 7-0 against the other Academy.
The Navy defense finished 32nd in pass defense, 37th in interceptions and 38th in the country in red zone defense in 2014.
O’Brien came to Navy from Elon, where he was the defensive backs coach the past three years.
Prior to working at Elon, O’Brien spent four seasons as a defensive analyst and defensive graduate assistant at Alabama under the tutelage of Nick Saban and Kirby Smart. In O’Brien’s four years at Alabama, the Crimson Tide went 43-11 and won the 2009 BCS National Championship. The Crimson Tide ranked fifth nationally in total defense, third in scoring defense and 10th in rushing defense in 2010 and ranked third in all three categories in 2009.
He has also had experience as a scouting assistant intern with the New England Patriots and Bill Belichick in 2005 and spent a year at Harvard working with the safeties in 2006.
O’Brien’s father, Tom (‘71), was a three-year starter at defensive end for Navy and, after serving nine years in the Marine Corps, returned to Navy as an assistant coach for George Welsh from 1975-81. O’Brien went on to become the head coach at both Boston College and North Carolina State.
O’Brien is a 2005 graduate of Boston College where he earned his communications degree and served as a student coach. He is married to the former Alicia Marcum and the couple resides in Annapolis.