Vince O’Brien is in his 18th season as the athletic trainer for the Ohio State men’s basketball team and is beginning his 25th year at OSU.
O’Brien oversees the athletic training facility in the Jerome Schottenstein Center, which houses men’s and women’s basketball, men’s ice hockey, men’s golf and spirit squads. He is primarily responsible for men’s basketball and men’s golf. His men’s basketball duties include evaluating injuries, designing treatment and rehabilitation programs and coordinating physician care. He also travels with the Buckeyes.
A 1991 graduate of Ohio State with a bachelor of science degree in Health Education, O’Brien began his career as the head athletic trainer and health teacher at Bishop Watterson High School in Columbus.
He then returned to his alma mater in 1993 to supervise the Larkins Hall Athletic Training facility at Ohio State. His duties there included work with OSU’s wrestling, gymnastics, aquatics, fencing and rowing teams. In 1998, O’Brien moved to the Biggs Athletic Training facility where he was responsible for OSU’s men’s soccer, baseball and women’s tennis teams.
While working at Ohio State, O’Brien has provided medical services for several Big Ten and NCAA championship events including: basketball, baseball, wrestling, gymnastics, golf and track and field.
On the international scene, O’Brien has provided services for USA Wrestling as a certified athletic trainer at the 1995 World Wrestling Championships in Atlanta, Ga., and as a chief athletic trainer for men’s water polo at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. In the summer of 2001, O’Brien accompanied the Ohio State men’s basketball team to Europe for a 16-day trip through Italy, Switzerland, France and The Netherlands. He traveled to Germany in the summer of 2006 with the Ohio State men’s soccer team for several friendly matches in preparation for the 2006 OSU season.
O’Brien is an Accredited Clinical Instructor and teaches courses in the undergraduate athletic training curriculum in the OSU School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. He was selected as Clinical Instructor of the Year in 2013.
He is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and the Ohio Athletic Trainers’ Association. He was named 2003 Collegiate Athletic Trainer of the Year by the OATA.
In May of 2016, O’Brien was inducted into the OATA Hall of Fame at the OATA’s annual meeting in Dublin, Ohio.
In 2012, O’Brien completed his nine years of service on the State of Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Athletic Trainers’ Board. Additionally, he is active in the OSU Alumni Association and volunteers with the American Cancer Society.
O’Brien resides in Columbus.