Jim O’Brien, not to be confused with the Jim O’Brien of college basketball fame, or the Baltimore Colts American football player from the 1970’s, is presently the head coach for the Indiana Pacers professional NBA Indianapolis basketball team. A career basketball coach since 1974, O’Brien has also worked for the Wheeling Jesuit College, the University of Maryland, Pembroke State College, the University of Oregon, the University of Kentucky, Saint Joseph’s University, the University of Dayton, the New York Knicks, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Boston Celtics.
His stint with the Celtics saw O’Brien take the team from an unsuccessful one to the playoffs… twice. Because of in-fighting with management, however, O’Brien resigned in 2004, a real shock to the Celtics community.
Video about Indiana Pacers coach Jim O’Brien in Indianapolis, Indiana
Before launching into his career as a basketball coach, O’Brien won some renown playing the game at Saint Joseph’s University, ending up in the Big Five Hall of Fame.
Somewhat coincidentally, O’Brien has a Hall of Famer coach for a father-in-law, Jack Ramsay, pro coach for the 76ers in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
As coach of the Pacers, O’Brien’s name is as well-known as just about any of the many famous people of Indianapolis. An important figure in Indianapolis sports, basketball capitol of the world, Jim O’Brien is also a sports writer of note, author of “The Insider,” an ESPN.com sports column.