After a one-year stint at her alma mater, Liz O'Brien returns to West Point for her second tour as an assistant coach under Sherri Abbey-Nowatzki. O'Brien previously helped coach the Black Knights during the 2002-03 season. Her primary focus this season will be floor coaching with an emphasis on offensive philosophies and scouting. O'Brien's concentrations will also lie with pre- and post-season individual workout development as well as facilitating marketing and promotions for the team.
Last season as a member of the Hofstra coaching staff, O'Brien helped the Pride record 14 victories, the highest total for a Hofstra team in 10 years. The Pride also finished second in the Colonial Athletic Association standings.
In 2002-03, O'Brien served as an assistant coach at Army, helping the Black Knights advance to the Patriot League championship game for the first time in 13 years, one season after an 11-17 finish. O'Brien served as first assistant and was responsible for scouting opponents, video analysis and game preparations. She also oversaw all guard development and was responsible for on and off campus recruiting.
O'Brien's coaching career began in 1997 when she served as assistant women's basketball coach and assistant compliance director at Dowling College. Then in 1998, O'Brien accepted a position at the University of South Carolina-Aiken. During her two year stay in Aiken, O'Brien was the recruiting coordinator, responsible for the signing of the Virginia 2A Player of the Year and the TSAC North Carolina Co-Players of the Year. Additional responsibilities included guard development and academic monitoring, and under O'Brien's guidance, the team GPA rose from 2.1 to 3.0. South Carolina-Aiken's on-court performance also improved during her time at the school. In 1999-2000 the team compiled a 15-12 record, its first winning season since 1993-94.
Two years later, O'Brien returned to Hempstead and spent two years on the bench at her alma mater. Assisting in all aspects of the Pride program, O'Brien's responsibilities included recruiting, guard development, academic supervision, marketing and promotion, film breakdown and scouting Hofstra's opponents. While recruiting for the Pride, O'Brien brought in a "Street and Smith Honorable Mention All-America" player who was ranked the 34th best post player in the class of 2001 by the All-Star Girls Report and the 48th ranked wing player in the class of 2001 by All-Star Girls Report. That individual was also Delaware's "Gatorade Player of the Year" in 2000 and 2001.
O'Brien graduated from Hofstra in 2000 with a marketing degree. In addition to basketball, O'Brien also lettered in soccer. After graduation, she coached at various basketball camps, including Mike Krzyzewski's Duke Basketball Camp, The Chris Mullin Basketball Camp, the Johnny Dawkins Camp and the Gail Goestenkors Lady Blue Devil Basketball Camp.
O'Brien resides at West Point.