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Katelyn O'Brien
Position: Assistant Coach
Alma Mater: Saint Joseph's
Graduating Year: 2006
Experience: 5 Years
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Email: katelyno@upenn.edu
Phone: 215-898-9058

Katelyn O'Brien was hired in May of 2010 and completed her sixth season with the Quakers in 2015 as an assistant coach for Penn’s head coach, Colleen Fink. Working with the offensive unit, O'Brien has turned Penn into a juggernaut.

The Quakers tied the program record of 42 goals in 2012 -- a record originally set by the 1988 team, an NCAA Championship semifinalist -- and then shattered the mark in 2013 with 57 goals, finishing sixth nationally in goals per game. In 2015, Penn scored 54 goals and ended the season eighth nationally in goals per game.

Individually, senior Elizabeth Hitti finished the 2015 season as the national leader in assists per game, while sophomore Alexa Hoover was second nationally in both goals and points per game. In 2013, Jasmine Cole finished the season second nationally in goals per game and fifth in points per game, while Emily Corcoran was 14th nationally in points per game.

Penn did not have a first-team All-Ivy player from 2008-12; in the last three seasons, the Quakers have had four. After placing just one woman on the All-Ivy teams in 2010 and two in 2011, Penn has had four women receive All-Ivy recognition each of the last four seasons. In addition, Penn had the Ivy League Rookie of the Year in both 2013 (Cole) and 2014 (Hoover), and in both cases they were named first-team All-Ivy as freshmen, the first times that happened in program history.

Hoover earned NFHCA All-America as a sophomore in 2015, becoming the progran's first All-America since 2003 and just its third since 1989. At the NFHCA All-Region level, Penn had no players recognized from 2008-12 but has had seven in the last three seasons including three first-team selections. Most recently, Hoover and Hitti were first-team All-Region selections in 2015 while Elise Tilton was second-team, the first time Penn had three all-region players in the same season since 2004.

Hitti participated in the NFHCA Senior All-Star Game during the NCAA's championship weekend in 2015, while Corcoran played in the game in 2014. Prior to Corcoran, Penn had not been represented at the event since 2004.

Led in part by its offensive exploits, Penn has won 13 games overall in two of the last three seasons, a feat previously accomplished just twice in the first 40 years of the program's history as a varsity program (1973-2012). In both 2013 and 2015, the Quakers entered their final regular-season game at Ellen Vagelos Field playing for a share of the Ivy League title and the league's NCAA Championship automatic bid.

O'Brien made the move to Penn with Fink from Haverford College. During her four-year stint at Haverford, O'Brien's main focus was with the offensive unit where she led individuals and the team to break program scoring, assist, and point records, while also improving their overall statistics to the top three in the conference in every offensive category. In 2009, O'Brien helped lead the program to its first ever Centennial Conference playoff appearance and first playoff victory in program history.

O'Brien has experience running and working a number of field hockey camps, including Suburban Elite Field Hockey Camp at Haverford, as well as working event management for College Quest, a tournament for high school players to showcase their ability in front of college coaches.

A Havertown native, O'Brien played her college field hockey at Saint Joseph's, where she closed out her career fifth in program history with 28 goals and 66 points scored. She was a three-time All-Philadelphia honoree and All-Atlantic 10 first-team member. As a senior, O'Brien was named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association's All-Mid-Atlantic Region first-team, Atlantic 10 All-Championship Team, and was chosen to compete in the NFHCA North-South Senior All-Star Game. She graduated from Saint Joseph's in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in business marketing.

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