American football head coach
Who is Bill O'Brien?
William J. "Bill" O'Brien is the current head coach and offensive coordinator of the Houston Texans of the National Football League. He previously was the head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions from 2012 to 2013.
O'Brien began his coaching career in 1993 at Brown University before spending more than a decade coaching in the ACC. He joined the New England Patriots in 2007 where he eventually served as quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator in 2011. In 2012, he was hired by Penn State to take over a program that had just endured the Penn State child sex abuse scandal. In his first season as head coach, he led the team to an 8-4 record and won ESPN's National Coach of the Year award. After the 2012 season, O'Brien garnered significant interest to return to the National Football League as a head coach and interviewed with both the Philadelphia Eagles and the Cleveland Browns. Ultimately, O'Brien decided to stay at Penn State citing that it would send a poor message to leave after just one season. After his second season he left Penn State to become the head coach of the Houston Texans.