Coach Tony O'Brien, Navy vet
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Anthony (Tony) O'Brien, Preacher's kid, Gulf War vet, IRONMAN triathlete & Dad; served in Marines then SEALs following his Dad Deacon Don & family who served our country. Their Blue Star family has members serving today. He was raised in Brockton, Mass. where his family experienced a tragic home fire when he was age 6. They are forever grateful to Brockton's bravest firefighters who rescued their family members.

His heroic Mom (age 28) & brother (age 1) died the next day from injuries in the fire; thank you for the gift of life, RIP but watch over us our sweet Guardian Angels, see you on the other side . . .

 

His Dad Don, a Marine Corps veteran & former Deacon of St. Edward Church, later remarried Lorraine, also a widow also with 3 young children, and he grew up in a wonderful step-family with 7 siblings. They later lost Lorraine to cancer & ask you to join us in donating to cancer research to try to stop it from taking too many too soon. His Dad later remarried Andrea, also a widow also with 7 children, for a more wonderful step-family with 14 siblings.

 

In his youth, he under-performed in sports while his siblings Ed (baseball), Mark (baseball, football) & Josephine (basketball, softball) were sports stars. He enjoyed art lessons at Fuller Art Museum participating in local art shows and enjoyed service in his Church as an altar boy & choir member.

At Cardinal Spellman High, he was selected to the National Honor Society for academics. After failing to make the junior varsity teams in football & baseball, he was recruited to the track team by Coach Nick Siciliano who was also one of his teachers and a wonderful mentor during high school.

His career as a marathon runner & triathlete as a high school runner who became co-captain of the Cross-country and Track teams that competed in local and state meets.

 

He helped turn-around the cross-country team from a 2-8 win-loss record to 7-3 winning several team & individual awards placing in state & regional races, and in his senior year in high school he finished three marathons (26.2 miles) including Philadelphia, Boston & the New England AAU Junior Championship in Holyoke where he received the second place silver medal.

 

While in the military, he continued his competitive running career winning several awards placing overall and in age & team divisions, finished 15 marathons (26.2 mi.) throughout the U.S., and represented the Navy in many races throughout the U.S. & overseas.

 

While expanding to cycling races & triathlons (swim, bike, run), he had similar success winning many awards incl. 2nd place at the Navy SEALs Super Frog Half-IRONMAN Triathlon in San Diego and highlighted by finishing the IRONMAN Triathlon World Championship (swim 2.4 mi, bike 112 mi, run 26.2 mi) in Hawaii including as a member of the Navy’s IRONMAN team that finished second in the IRONMAN team division.

 

Later as part of his own fitness education, he added body weight (180 to 205 lb) with more strength training and competed in a 10 mile(s) road race in Virginia & he won first place in the "Clydesdale division" (over 200 lbs). 

 

He and his brother Donny are golf partners on the team who are two-time winners of the annual Cardinal Spellman High Joey Glynn Memorial golf tournament at Willowbend GC in Mashpee MA with one of the largest golf fields of 216 golfers who contribute to the wonderful fundraiser for his alma mater.

In the Navy at the Little Creek base in Norfolk VA, he coached a youth basketball team for ages 8-10 on the Navy base. 

After military service, he coached teams in Brockton for little league baseball ages 8-10 and evening summer basketball for young teens.

He is coaching his young sons as runners who participate and earn awards in local road races improving strength & endurance. 

 

In high school, he was also active in theater as an actor, vocalist, stagehand and member of singing and dance choruses in several productions directed by his teacher & theater director Bob McEwan, a legend in Spellman school-spirit and a wonderful mentor during high school.

 

He enjoys returning to his alma mater especially with his children to attend sports, theater, ministry & alumni events. For longtime participation in & support of his alma mater's theater program, in 2011 he was inducted to the Cardinal Spellman High Robert McEwan Drama Hall of Fame.

Besides his awesome Moms & Dad, Tony most credits his HS theater director Mr. McEwan & Coach Siciliano as top role models & mentors that best prepared him for and had greatest impact on his adulthood & lifetime of determination & service. 

 

In the military assigned to the Marine Corps infantry & recon at Camp Pendleton CA, he deployed to Asia, received the Navy Achievement Medal and Meritorious Unit Citation, and attended Navy Diver, Army Airborne (parachutist) and Army Jumpmaster courses.

Then he was selected for a transfer to the Navy to attend SEAL basic training.  He was assigned to SEAL Team FIVE, deployed to the middle east and the Balkans, received the Navy Commendation Medal and Navy Unit Commendation, and completed the Army Freefall/HALO and Army Ranger courses. He also received the Humanitarian Service Medal and Meritorious Service Medal from the Secretary of the Navy.

 

He enjoys continuing his service in the Boston area as a leader assisting many causes important to him & his family and maximizing his time with his children Anthony Jr. & James Donald who was named after their grandfathers.

 

He has served with many business, charity & government offices in several leadership positions in the region including as VFW post commander in Whitman & then as VFW district commander, on the board of county commissioners, and as an executive, board member & volunteer for several nonprofits & committees assisting veterans, the disabled & homeless, and low-income families in need.

He also still serves at Whitman VFW as Judge Advocate, Trustee & Director continuing his work helping veterans & his community.

Besides his dedication to his family & faith, service to veterans has been the cause of his life for years. 

He works as the Hospital Service Coordinator (DAV) with VA Healthcare System Boston.

And he serves as a military spokesperson and motivational speaker and provides services as a Life Coach for business & personal development incl. weight-loss for groups & individuals;  email, call or text him for info and/or assistance.

A vocalist since singing in his Church choir as a youth, he is still asked to and gladly performs the National Anthem at appropriate events.

Please contact him for a copy of his DD-214 military discharge form, the official documentation of his military record & honorable discharge.

He & his family are grateful for countless blessings esp. faith & health and family, friends & colleagues who are so supportive, most esp. our Gold Star & Blue Star families who sacrificed so much for all of us.

Contact:  cell (508) 868-2547

www.facebook.com/AnthonyOBrienSr

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PO Box 67 Whitman MA 02382

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