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In Memoriam – Dave O’Brien

March 3, 2014

Drexel Sport Management's Program Director and Associate Professor, Dave O'Brien, passed away on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at age 57 after a six-year battle with cancer.

O'Brien served as an Associate Teaching Professor and Program Director for Sport Management from 2007 until his passing.  In addition, O’Brien taught sport law courses at the Drexel University School of Law.

O’Brien was a beloved professor who was known for mentoring students.  Under his leadership, the sport management program flourished in enrollment and faculty hiring. He increased the program’s visibility while becoming a major contributor on the issue of college sport reform.

 In addition to his academic position, he was the managing partner of the O'Brien Sports Group which provided a wide range of consulting services to the college sports industry, including NCAA rules compliance, risk management audits, business support services, executive recruitment, training workshops and more. He was also co-founder and editor of College Sports Business News.

O'Brien was active nationally in sports law matters as co-author of a monthly column on college sports law issues published in College Athletics and the Law and as a consultant on sports topics including pay equity, retaliation, harassment, Title IX, and coaching contracts.

O'Brien had been a college sports executive and educator for over 25 years. He served as a Division I athletic director at Long Beach State University, Temple University and Northeastern University for 16 years (1991-2007).

Prior to becoming an athletic administrator, O'Brien served in a variety of roles in higher education, which included assistant to the president for legal and legislative affairs at Montclair State University and the assistant vice president for administration and finance at Long Beach State. He also served on the legislative staff of the New Jersey Senate and practiced law in New Jersey.

O'Brien was a graduate of Moravian College and Seton Hall Law School, and has also attained certification from the Sports Management Institute as part of its inaugural class.

O’Brien is survived by his wife, Eva, and his son’s Kevin, Daniel (Manager, Athletic Operations for Drexel Athletics) and James O’Brien. His son Michael preceded him in death.  A niece, Andi Stampone, is a member of the Drexel women’s soccer team.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, March 8 at St. Rose of Lima Church, 424 S. Main Street North Wales, PA with visitation between 9am - 10:50am.  A funeral mass will follow at 11am.  Burial will be at John Neumann Cemetery in Chalfont, PA

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the David O'Brien Charitable Fund (benefiting his late son's ballfield).