CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Former MIT head baseball coach, Fran O'Brien, has been named the recipient of the Ethics in Coaching Award by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) the organization has announced. O'Brien will receive the award at the ABCA National Convention in January.
O'Brien was the head baseball coach at MIT from 1969-1996, with his 28 years at the helm of the Engineers program making him the longest tenured baseball coach in MIT baseball history. Taking over a program that had posted just one winning season, O'Brien turned MIT into a contender in the Greater Boston League. He led the program to winning seasons in five of his first seven years at the helm, including the 1974 campaign that saw the Engineers set a then school record for wins with a 15-9 record and reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. O'Brien's 255 victories still stands as the most by an MIT baseball coach.
During O'Brien's career he shared with his players a value system that highlights integrity and honesty. His commitment to being a teacher of baseball and life allowed him to impact hundreds of young people and earned him the respect of the baseball community throughout New England.
O'Brien, who also coached basketball at MIT, went on from Tech to coach baseball at Holy Cross from 1998-2004. He has also coached at the youth and high school level as well as in the Cape Cod League where he was selected as the Manager of the Year in 1990.
Fran O'Brien addressing the ABCA convention
after receiving the Ethics in Coaching Award.