Tim O'Shea

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This article is about the American basketball coach. For the Principal of the University of Edinburgh, see Timothy O'Shea. For the English footballer, see Tim O'Shea (footballer). For the South African rugby player, see Tim O'Shea (rugby league).
Tim O'Shea
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Bryant
Record 57-125
Biographical details
Born (1962-01-13) January 13, 1962 (age 52)
Woodbury, New Jersey
Playing career
1980–1984 Boston College
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Rhode Island (asst.)
Boston College (asst.)
Yale (asst.)
Rhode Island (asst.)
Boston College (asst.)
Head coaching record
Overall 177–220
Accomplishments and honors
MAC Tournament Championship (2005)

Tim O'Shea (born January 13, 1962) is an American college basketball coach. He is the current head coach of the men's basketball team at Bryant University. He was previously the head coach at Ohio University.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Born in Woodbury, New Jersey, O'Shea earned All-America accolades while playing at Wayland High School in Wayland, Massachusetts. He played college basketball at Boston College from 1980-84 under Gary Williams. During his time at BC, O'Shea and the Eagles won two Big East regular-season titles. O'Shea also earned four postseason tournament berths during his career, with BC advancing twice to the NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen and once to the Elite Eight.

O'Shea earned a bachelor's degree in communications with a minor in English from Boston College in 1984, then added a master's degree in counseling/psychology from BC two years later.

Coaching career[edit]

Upon graduation from Boston College, O'Shea became a graduate assistant at Rhode Island for the 1984-85 season before returning to The Heights as a grad assistant at BC from 1985-86. After a two-year stint as an assistant at Yale, O'Shea returned to URI, joining Al Skinner's staff, where he stayed for nine seasons. While on the Rams staff, O'Shea was a part of two NCAA Tournament bids along with two NIT bids. He is credited with recruiting Cuttino Mobley among others to URI. O'Shea followed Skinner and returned to his alma mater once again after Skinner accepted the Boston College job in 1997. He remained on the staff until 2001, when he landed his first head coaching gig at Ohio, just a year after the Eagles won both the Big East regular season and tournament titles, finishing with a 27-5 record and earning three-seed in the NCAA Tournament.


In his first season in charge of the Bobcats, O'Shea guided the team to a 17-11 record, including wins overDePaul and North Carolina. A year later, O'Shea and Ohio posted a 14-16 record, with the season highlighted by a victory over Virginia.

Following the 2002–03 season, forward Brandon Hunter became the first Bobcat selected in the NBA Draft since 1995 when the Boston Celtics selected him in the second round. A year later, after losing Hunter, sixth-man Sonny Johnson and three-point shooter Steve Esterkamp, the 2003–04 Bobcats slipped to a 10–20 record, but bounced back in 2004–05, posting a 21-11 record en route to the NCAA Tournament.

The 2004–05 Bobcats captured significant non-conference victories against San Francisco, Butler and Detroit, then won 11 of their last 15 contests down the stretch. O'Shea won the MAC Tournament but their run ended in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against Florida, falling 67-62, overcoming a 20-point second-half deficit, but coming up just short.

With expectations high in 2005–06, O'Shea and Ohio compiled 19 victories before falling to eventual league champion Kent State in the MAC Tournament semifinals. The Bobcats registered victories at Marist, Rhode Island and Toledo, against Akron and Samford at home, and took 18th-ranked Kentucky to the wire in Cincinnati, Ohio.

From 2003 until O'Shea's departure in 2008, Ohio would have five-straight winning seasons with at least 19 wins each season. O'Shea was 120-95 in eight seasons in charge.


O'Shea returned to his New England roots when he signed an eight-year contract to take over the head coaching duties at Bryant as the school transitioned to a full Division I member of the Northeast Conference. In five seasons with the Bulldogs, O'Shea is 39-111, in which almost half (19) came during the 2012-13 season, Bryant's first season of full Division I eligibility.

College Coaching Record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Ohio (Mid-American Conference) (2001–2008)
2001–02 Ohio 17-11 11-7 3rd-East
2002–03 Ohio 14-16 8-10 5th-East
2003–04 Ohio 10-20 7-11 5th-East
2004–05 Ohio 21-11 11-7 T-2nd-East NCAA First Round
2005–06 Ohio 19-11 11-8 4th-East
2006–07 Ohio 19-13 9-7 4th-East
2007–08 Ohio 20-13 9-7 3rd-East
Ohio: 120-95 66-57
Bryant (Independent/Northeast Conference) (2008–present)
2008–09 Bryant 8-21 N/A N/A
2009–10 Bryant 1-29 1-17 12th
2010–11 Bryant 9-21 7-11 8th
2011–12 Bryant 2-28 1-17 12th
2012–13 Bryant 19-11 12-6 T-2nd CBI First Round
2013–14 Bryant 18-14 10-6 3rd
2014–15 Bryant 0-0 0-0
Bryant: 57-125 31-57
Total: 177-220

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


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