"Katelyn brings a great perspective to coaching the offensive unit," said Fink, who coached O'Brien as a player at both Archbishop Carroll High School and Saint Joseph's. "She is passionate about scoring, innovative in her game plans, and clear and direct in her delivery. We are both eager to transform the Penn offense so it can be an Ivy League statistical leader. On a personal note, I am excited to continue working with her, because I trust her judgment and enjoy working with her day in and day out."
"I am extremely excited and honored tocoach at theUniversity of Pennsylvaniaand be part of its distinguished athletic and academic tradition," said O'Brien."I believe the opportunities for Penn field hockey are endless, and look forward to the challenges of competing at the highest level."
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 in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in business marketing.