Kevin O'Brien

Coach Profile

Years with Cobb Atlanta: 
3 years
USA National Official 1996, PAVO National Official 2001, SRVA Impact Certification 2007

I would first like to thank my family for putting up with me and my life long obsession - Volleyball.

I was born in Miami, Florida and grew up in Southwest Virginia. I grew up an avid fan of all sports while growing up in Southwest Virginia, playing tennis and basketball in High School and Rugby in College.

In 1987, after graduating from Radford University, I moved to Atlanta. My first introduction to volleyball was 2’s sand. After playing in my first tournament I instantly fell in love with the sport.    

I played right side in Open 2 Man Sand, and right side in Men’s Indoor A. Our Men’s A team finished in the top three in the Southern Region 3 years in a row, and we won the Southern Region Championship in 1993 and represented the region at the US Open Volleyball Championships in Memphis, Tennessee.

I was "thrown" into officiating by a dear friend, Steve Kenyon and through some excellent mentoring from officials all across the nation, ultimately earned a USA and PAVO National Rating.     

I coached with the very first club in Atlanta, and grew to love coaching more than playing. I also learned that being a former player does not instantly make you a good coach, and have tried to hone this craft ever since. I have coached all ages and have found a perfect niche with 14's.  

My philosophy as a coach - developing the player and developing the team, which takes precedent over winning.  I uphold our club Motto that coaches coach, players play, and parents CHEER (including distant relatives). 

2018 - 14-1 (Dinero)

  • USA National Championsips - Gold  - Finished 3rd in the Nation out of 64 teams in the American Division.  
  • Big South Qualifier - Gold - Finished 9th out of 64 teams
  • Disney Showcase Qualifiter - Silver - Finished 15th out of 35 teams
  • SRVA Rankings - earned a bid to the USA National Championships and ended 4th overall.    
  • AES Final Rankings - Finished in the Top 100 out of 5000 + teams, defeating the 80th ranked team in the nation in the Quarterfinals at the USA Championships, and losing to the 2 time National Champion in the Semi-Finals.  (Overall 37 seed in the Nation) 


2017 - 14-1

- AAU Nationals - Gold 9th out of 128 Teams
-Colorado Cross Roads - Silver 25th out of 121 teams
-SRVA Regionals - 9th in 14 Power

2016 - 14-1
- American bid to the USA National Championships
- 3rd in the SRVA Regional Championships
- 5th in the USA division of The Big South
- 17th out of 121 teams and won Silver at Colorado Crossroads

- Officiated the NCAA III Womens Championship in Osh Kosh, Wisconsin

2015 - 13-3
Southern Region Championships - Made it to the Gold bracket in club!


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Member for
4 years 10 months