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Mike O'Brien Needs to Go
Posted by: Disgusted Highlander ()
Date: December 01, 2018 12:35PM

This should be the best McLean basketball team since the team that won the district and was a regional semifinalist in 2012.

Last three freshmen squads have gone 10-6, 15-1 and 13-3. Plenty of coachable kids who would win under a Scott Newman, Kevin Roller, Dan Hale, or Mark Gray-Mendes.

Instead, varsity keeps losing under Mike O'Brien, who lacks the tools to coach at the varsity level. Yells at individual kids, and doesn't teach how to pass crisply or handle a press. Takes kids who've starred on Nova Cavaliers and makes them look like house league players. One of the better juniors transferred to Langley to avoid having to deal with O'Brien's incompetence again.

Also incredibly bad judgment on picking squads. He put several seniors on this year's team who are bench warmers and overlooked younger players. Of the freshmen squad that went 15-1 two years ago, only two are on varsity this year.

If Greg Miller, the AD, was anything other than a lazy hack, he'd have hired a new coach last year. O'Brien's departure is inevitable after the 2018-19 team has a losing season but Miller is too lazy to pull the plug. I guess if the SAT scores are good Miller and Reilly can just coach on them.

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Re: Mike O'Brien Needs to Go
Posted by: Joe Buick ()
Date: December 02, 2018 08:40AM

It is ridiculous to look at the record of a freshman or JV team and assume that success at that level will translate to success at the varsity level. There is a reason that those players did not make varsity or even the JV team in the case of a freshman. It also sounds like criticism from someone whose son did not make the varsity team. Instead of looking at how well they did at those lower levels or on an AAU team or travel youth team, maybe you should consider that they were also playing against lesser competition. The team that McLean lost to on Friday beat Woodson on Saturday, so please consider that before you complain. Finally, placing boys on a JV roster where they will get the most playing time is far better than having them sit at the end of a varsity bench.

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Re: Mike O'Brien Needs to Go
Posted by: Masin Elije ()
Date: December 03, 2018 04:45PM

KEEP THE NOVA CAVS OUTCHA MOUTH!

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Re: Mike O'Brien Needs to Go
Posted by: YCMPJ ()
Date: December 03, 2018 10:13PM

who the hell is mark grey-mendes

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Re: Mike O'Brien Needs to Go
Posted by: NR ()
Date: December 04, 2018 03:52PM

Wait is he the coach at TJ

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Re: Mike O'Brien Needs to Go
Posted by: xfdpl ()
Date: December 04, 2018 09:38PM

McLean defeats Marshall 56-48 tonight

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Re: Mike O'Brien Needs to Go
Posted by: fsraxpx ()
Date: December 05, 2018 11:15AM

xfdpl Wrote:
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> McLean defeats Marshall 56-48 tonight

Did you mean Deaver? Because Marshall this year (1-3) is Deaver and that’s about it.

They’ll still need to up their game to have a chance against South Lakes. Is O’Brien up to that?

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Re: Mike O'Brien Needs to Go
Posted by: Haha coward ()
Date: December 12, 2018 05:33PM

Coaches have your kid for 3 months of the year. What are you doing to help your kid get better? Other than teaching him how to complain & point fingers at others than taking responsibility?

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Re: Mike O'Brien Needs to Go
Posted by: Dont count em out ()
Date: December 12, 2018 07:15PM

McLean followed up Marshall victory by beating Westfield and then Centreville within the past week to get to 4-2 so far this year.

Granted Westfield and Centreville are football schools, but they have larger enrollments than McLean so the program must be doing something right.

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