Jessica O'Brien took over the head coaching position of the Marist women's lacrosse team on September 29, 2010.
Entering her third season during the 2012-13 school year. O'Brien has seen her program make a name for itself in both the classroom and on the field in just four years.
In her first season at the helm, she led the Red Foxes to a 6-10 record and came within one win of making the MAAC Tournament ... Under her tutelage, Marist had three first-time All-MAAC honorees; freshmen Jamie Romano and Bailey Knapton earned First Team nods, while junior Shannon Haas made the Second Team All-MAAC ... Seven other Red Foxes earned honors on the All-MAAC Academic Team.
After the 2012 season, her second with the Red Foxes, eight athletes were honored on All-MAAC teams, while another 10 earned recognition on the MAAC All-Academic Team ... All-MAAC Second Teamers included: Shannon Haas, Ariel Kramer, Ashley Miller, Ashley Casiano, Amanda Tuck, Jamie Romano, Christine Astarita and Emily Leonard ... As a team, the Red Foxes were named an IWLCA Academic Squad by maintaining a team GPA of 3.0 or better during the previous 2011 season.
During the 2013 season, her third as the head coach for the Red Foxes, the team finished with an overall record of 9-10. In the MAAC, the team finished third in the regular season with a conference record of 4-2, making it to the conference championship game. O'Brien was named MAAC Coach of the Year for leading her team to winning seven of their last nine games of the season. Three players were named to the All-MAAC First Team, they included, Ashley Miller, Tierney Larson, and Jamie Romano. Six more Red Foxes were named to the All-MAAC Second Team; Amanda Tuck, Ashley Casiano, Bailey Knapton, Christine Astarita, and Kirsten Viscount. While Allison Gionta was named to the MAAC All-Rookie Team. Four players were names to the IWLCA Academic Honor Roll, Jessica Irvine, Laura Lucchesi, Amanda Tuck, and Bailey Knapton. A conference high 16 Red Foxes were named to the All-Academic Team.
In 2014, O'Brien led her team to a record breaking season. O'Brien was named the Anaconda Sports MAAC Coach of the Year for the second straight season after leading her Red Foxes to a 14-4 overall record and 7-1 mark in the MAAC. The 14 wins breaks a single-season program record for wins in a single season. O’Brien and the Red Foxes claimed a share of the MAAC Regular Season title for the first time in program history as well as the number one seed heading into the MAAC Tournament for the first time. O’Brien also led her Red Foxes on a 10 game-winning streak, breaking the longest winning streak in program history, previously set in 2009 with five wins. This year's Marist squad earned several conference awards, including Rookie of the Year in Abigail Witczak, three All-MAAC First Team members (Allison Gionta, Bailey Knapton, and Jamie Romano), four All-MAAC Second Team members (Christine Astarita, Kara McHugh, Tina Pumo, and Abigail Witczak), two MAAC All-Rookie Team members (Natalie Bonatori and Abigail Witczak), and a conference high 15 All-Academic student-athletes (Bailey Knapton, Tierney Larson, Jamie Romano, Brooke Wickham, Christine Astarita, Lexi Brannigan, Sheri Fauvell, Liz Holmes, Emily Leonard, Erin Schroeder, Kirsten Viscount, Kaitlyn Brown, Kacey Carter, and Anna Petrunich).
During her playing days, O'Brien was a four-year member of the Marist women's lacrosse team, as she played for the Red Foxes during the 2005-08 seasons. She twice rebounded from season-ending injuries to score 42 goals in 51 career games. O'Brien also totaled 86 ground balls, 51 caused turnovers and 47 draw controls in her playing career.
In her senior year, O'Brien was an integral part of the Red Foxes first conference championship team. She scored a career-high 20 goals and also set a career high with 22 caused turnovers while playing in all 19 of the team's games.
Prior to taking on the head coaching position, she was an assistant coach at Wagner College. There O'Brien was involved in a considerable number of on- and off-the-field aspects of the program. She worked primarily with the Seahawks' defensive and goaltending units while also serving as the program's recruiting coordinator. Additionally, she was heavily involved in organizing practices, travel, film exchange and fundraising while monitoring the team's academic progress. Wagner was an Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Merit Squad in 2009, and an IWLCA Academic Squad in 2010.
O'Brien has also served as head coach of the Liberty Lacrosse Club on Long Island for the past three summers. In that position, she coached 25 rising high school seniors in summer tournaments and showcases.
O'Brien earned her B.A. in Communications-Advertising with a minor in Studio Art from Marist, and earned her M.B.A. in Management from Wagner.