Carroll Community College Names First Women’s and Men’s Head Soccer Coaches

Release Date
2018-08-02
Contact
Trish McCarthy Carroll, Public & Corporate Relations Officer, Carroll Community College, Work: 410-386-8184
Press Release

Westminster, Md., DATE, 2018—Carroll Community College (Carroll) announces today that Bill Warburton and Tom O’Brien will serve as the head soccer coach for the inaugural season of the women’s and men’s soccer teams respectively.

“We are excited to have Bill on board,” said newly appointed Athletic Director Bill Kelvey. “He brings a tremendous amount of energy, coaching acumen and player development experience to our program.”

Warburton has been a very successful soccer coach at both the club and high school level.  He coached for Winters Mill High School as well as Gerstell Academy, where he led the Varsity Boys team to back-to-back MIAA "B" Conference finals in 2013 and 2014, winning the title in 2013.

Warburton has more than 15 years of soccer playing experience. He has served as a board member and coach for several local clubs in Carroll and Frederick Counties. He is well known for his futsal training clinics and player development skills. He holds a USSF National Youth license and a class "D" coaching license.

Before joining the Information Systems Department at Carroll Community College in 2017, Warburton served as an Assistant Professor in the Computer Information Systems Program from 2000-2016.

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to coach at Carroll, an institution that I have worked in for almost 18 years,” said Warburton. “I will strive to create an athletic culture that aligns with the College’s mission of empowering learners, developing leaders and building a strong sense of community.”

In addition to bringing the perspective of a coach and faculty member, Warburton understands the parent’s point of view. “Soccer has been part of my family for a long time. My older son played four years at St. Mary’s of Maryland (Division 3), while my younger son played two years with D.C. United’s u18 Academy program before receiving a scholarship to play for Loyola University Maryland (Division 1),” said Warburton.

Warburton earned a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from West Virginia University and a master’s degree in Business and Management Information Systems from the University of Baltimore. He resides in Westminster with his wife Maria.

Carroll also announced that Tom O’Brien will serve as the head soccer coach for the inaugural season of the men’s team.  

“We are thrilled to have Tom O’Brien lead our first men’s soccer team,” said Athletic Director Bill Kelvey. “His leadership skills, inspirational style and passion for the game are a winning combination for the team, its players and the entire Carroll community.”  

O’Brien has served the past four years as assistant coach of the men’s soccer team at Stevenson University and was a top player and coach at Towson University.

“I am a fervent lover of the game and remembering the valuable life lessons my soccer coaches provided, it is time for me to share my experiences to inspire passionate, creative and compassionate student-athletes,” said O’Brien. “There is no better feeling than creating a team culture of hard work, accountability, performance and recognition.”  

During his distinguished playing career at Towson, he served as the team captain in both his junior and senior seasons and was a two-time MVP.  He was twice named an All-East Coast Conference selection, and also named to the Division I All-South Team. O'Brien was the winner of the Towson University “Unsung Hero" award for men’s sports and in 2000, he was inducted into the Towson University Athletic Hall of Fame.  

O’Brien has a deep commitment to developing students off the field as well, serving as an adjunct faculty member at various local community colleges in business, communications and project management.  O’Brien states: “I am committed to helping students succeed in their future pursuits, whether that is going on to a four-year university or launching their careers.”  

In addition to his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Towson, he earned an MBA from the University of Baltimore and a master’s degree in Business and Technology Management from Stevenson University.  A native of Baltimore, O’Brien and his wife Donna reside in Eldersburg.    

The inaugural season of the Carroll women’s and men’s soccer teams begins in the Fall of 2019. For more information visit www.carrollcc.edu/Athletics/.  

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Carroll Community College offers academic and career preparation leading to transfer to four-year colleges and universities, and for direct entry into professional opportunities. Personalized learning, small class size, individualized attention from expert faculty, affordability, a convenient location, and customized training and services to the business community all make Carroll a popular choice. Since 1993, the College has served more than 130,000 students of all ages and backgrounds. Carroll Community College is located at 1601 Washington Road, Westminster, Md., 21157. Visit Carroll’s website at www.carrollcc.edu.