Patrick J. O’Brien was a Quarterback for the Hillsborough High School Football Team where he won honors for 1st Team All-County, All-County Offensive MVP, 1st Team All-Conference, All-State Honorable Mention, National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete Award, 1980 Team MVP, Guy Toph Award, Golden Helmet Award and St. Pete Times “Tampa Bay Area All-Century Team”. His work on the gridiron at Hillsborough High School earned O'Brien a full scholarship to Sam Houston State University where he was a 4 year Letterman, 2 years All-Conference and 2-time Offensive MVP.
After his playing career concluded he spent two years coaching college football - NAIA National Championship Playoff Berth (Salem College, W.Va.)
Nineteen years teaching and coaching high school in Hillsborough County (5 at HHS), eighth year of head High School Football Coaching and nine years of Head High School Track Coaching experience.
National Football Foundation / NFL Alumni Association Coach of the Year, Coca-Cola Coach of the Year, Tampa Bay Mentor of the Year, Florida Athletic Coaches’ Association District 13 Coach of the Year, Florida Shrine Bowl South All Stars’ Offensive Coordinator & Championship, 2-time Co-District Championships in football (1 at HHS), Western Conference Championship in football (at HHS), District Championship in track, Back-to-back Western Conference Championships in track (at HHS), WVIAC Conference Football Championship and All Pro Dad & Family First’s Volunteer of the Year.