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Vince J. O'Brien

Vince O'Brien, ATC
Athletic Trainer, Department of Athletics
Instructor, Athletic Training Division


Vince O'Brien

Biographical Information

Vince O’Brien is beginning his 16th 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 and women’s golf and cheerleading. He is primarily responsible for men’s basketball and golf. 

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 chHRSionship events including: 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 ChHRSionships 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 ATEP.  He completed his Corrective Exercise Specialist Certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine in 2007.  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. 

O’Brien is beginning his second term as the appointed President of 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.

Degrees & Credentials

  • B.S. in Health Education, The Ohio State University, 1991

Contact Information

  • Office: Schottenstein Athletic Training Facility
  • Phone: 614-292-5134
  • Fax: 614-292-3258
  • email: obrien.20@osu.edu