Tim O'Shea

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Tim O'Shea
Sport(s) Basketball
Biographical details
Born (1962-01-13) January 13, 1962 (age 56)
Woodbury, New Jersey
Playing career
1980–1984 Boston College
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1984–1985 Rhode Island (assistant)
1985–1986 Boston College (assistant)
1986–1988 Yale (assistant)
1988–1997 Rhode Island (assistant)
1997–2001 Boston College (assistant)
2001–2008 Ohio
2008–2018 Bryant
Head coaching record
Overall 216–305
Tournaments 0–1 (NCAA Division I)
0–1 (CBI)
Accomplishments and honors
MAC Tournament (2005)
NEC Coach of the Year (2013)

Tim O'Shea (born January 13, 1962) is an American college basketball coach, most recently the 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.

On February 12, 2018, O'Shea announced his retirement from Bryant, effectively at the end of the 2017–18 season.[2]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Ohio Bobcats (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 Division I 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 (.558) 66–57 (.537)
Bryant Bulldogs (NCAA Division I independent) (2008–2009)
2008–09 Bryant 8–21
Bryant Bulldogs (Northeast Conference) (2009–2018)
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 16–15 12–6 T–2nd
2015–16 Bryant 8–23 5–13 9th
2016–17 Bryant 12–20 9–9 T–5th
2017–18 Bryant 3–28 2–16 10th
Bryant: 96–210 (.314) 59–101 (.369)
Total: 216–305 (.415)

      National champion         Postseason invitational 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


  1. ^ ESPN - Source: O'Shea accepts 8-year deal to lead Bryant's foray into D-I - Men's College Basketball
  2. ^ "Men's basketball head coach Tim O'Shea to announce retirement Monday afternoon" (Press release). Bryant Athletics. February 11, 2018. Retrieved February 12, 2018.

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