Bill O’Brien, Baseball, Class of 1998
The starting shortstop and one of the captains of the 1997 National Championship baseball team, Bill O’Brien, anchored the perennially successful Southern Maine defense, helping guide Southern Maine to four consecutive appearances in the NCAA Division III National Championship tournament. Wearing the Southern Maine pinstripes from 1994 through 1997, O’Brien was part of a Husky team that totaled a stunning record of 118 wins, 49 losses and one tie.
O’Brien’s outstanding and consistent play led him to becoming an All-New England shortstop, earning 1995 New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) honors, and 1996 All-ECAC Division III New England honors. During the 1997 season, O’Brien, overcame a shoulder injury that kept him out of the lineup for 17 game to play strong both defensively and offensively, hitting .348 (39-for-112) with nine doubles, two triples and four home runs. O’Brien drove in 18 runs, and scored 37 with a .571 slugging percentage that season, and defensively O’Brien had 91 assists and 38 putouts from shortstop. O’Brien’s talents are still evident today as he is in the top 10 for runs scored (70) and assists (406) in USM career records.
An entrepreneur and business owner in Maine, O’Brien is involved in numerous ventures and is the General Manager of The Edge Academy in Portland. O’Brien earned his bachelor’s degree in Business from Southern Maine.