O’Brien steps away from head coaching job

Southridge head coach Ted O’Brien took a photo with his 2-year-old daughter, Chloe, 4-year-old son, Cooper, and wife, Brandy, after the Raiders won the Class 3A sectional championship in March. O’Brien is stepping away from the head coaching position to spend more time with his family. (Herald file photo)



Being a high school basketball head coach can take a lot out of you. Long hours, trips to far away towns and not much time spent with family are all a few of the drawbacks that come with the job.

One of the things that’s always been most important to Ted O’Brien is family and it’s the reason why the Southridge boys basketball coach put in his resignation from the basketball program a few weeks ago.

“After the season I sat down with my wife and we discussed it for a while and I decided that I wanted to be able to spend more time with my family,” said O’Brien, who had coached the Raiders for the past five years and finished with a 40-55 record and a sectional championship this past season. “My family has sacrificed a lot for me to be able to do what I’ve done but my kids are growing up so quick and I want to be there for that.”

O’Brien, a 2004 Heritage Hills graduate, took over as Southridge’s boys basketball coach in 2014 after coaching one year at South Spencer and led the Raiders to their first sectional championship since 2007 this season.

The resignation was officially announced at Thursday night’s Southwest Dubois County school board meeting and the process will begin right away to look for the Raiders next head coach.

Southridge athletic director Brett Bardwell is expecting the Raiders job to be a very attractive opening after the work that O’Brien did to the program over the past couple of years and with a returning group of players such as Jaden Hayes, Joe LaGrange and Colson Montgomery.

“He established a great feeder program with the younger kids and he really left our team in good shape,” Bardwell said. “I expect there to be a lot of interest in the job and we’re going to be looking for a coach that fits the Southridge culture and philosophy but is most importantly just an overall good person.”

O’Brien will continue to be Southridge’s girls track and field coach as well as maintain his educational role as a history teacher at the high school as well.

He says he still looks forward to seeing what the Raider basketball program accomplishes in the future and says he plans to watch the games with his two kids (two-year-old daughter Chloe and four-year-old son Cooper) and his wife, Brandy, instead of only getting to see them for about 10 minutes before and after the game.

And while O’Brien says that there could be a chance down the road to return to coaching basketball, right now he just wants to put all of his attention on his family.

“I’m sure there will be times next winter where I’ll get antsy and miss it but right now I’d much rather just enjoy the games with them,” O’Brien said. “I have some great memories with some great people at Southridge and I’ve loved being able to do what I’ve done.”

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