O'Brien is a 1971 graduate of the Naval Academy and the former head coach at Boston College and N.C. State
Nelson is a well-known figure around Navy athletics, having served as the color commentator on the Navy Radio Network for the past 14 seasons.
Nelson is a 1997 graduate of the Naval Academy, where he helped lead the Midshipmen to a 9-3 record and a victory over California in the Aloha Bowl his senior year. Nelson won three varsity letters at fullback for the Mids.
Upon graduation, Nelson reported to Surface Warfare Officer School in Newport, R.I., and then served as the First Division Officer onboard the USS Denver (LPD-9) from August 1998-July 2000. In January of 2000, Nelson deployed for six months to the Persian Gulf with the Denver for Operation Southern Watch.
Nelson also served as the Auxiliaries Officer onboard the USS Sides (FFG-14) from November 2000-May 2002. In February of 2002, Nelson deployed with the Sides in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Nelson reported back to the Academy in June 2002 to work in the Seamanship and Navigation Department and taught Strategy and Tactics and Seamanship and Navigation, as well as serving as the Officer in Charge of a Yard Patrol Craft training midshipmen.