October 7, 2005


Matt O’Brien and Bill Black
Join RIC Men’s Basketball Staff


Providence, RI—Rhode Island College has named Matt O’Brien as an assistant men’s basketball coach and Bill Black as a volunteer assistant men’s basketball coach. Both will assist Head Men’s Basketball Coach Bob Walsh with all phases of the RIC men’s basketball program including recruiting, scouting, administering practices and game coaching.


O’Brien is jumping into the coaching ranks after a four-year basketball career at Elmira College. He played at Elmira from 2001-05, captaining the team as senior in 2004-05. He received the team’s Coach’s Award as a freshman in 2001-02.


"I am very excited about the opportunity to work for Coach Walsh and help continue the success of the men's basketball program here at Rhode Island College,” O’Brien says.


O’Brien worked in the Elmira men’s basketball office from 2003-05 where his duties included scouting of opponents in preparation for games, hosting and handling recruits who visited campus and coordinating game film exchange. In 2005, he was an assistant coach on Elmira’s junior varsity men’s basketball team. He also has an extensive background coaching at summer basketball camps, having worked at Providence College, Princeton University, the University of Rhode Island and at the United States Military Academy at West Point.


A native of Riverside, Rhode Island, he earned a bachelor’s degree in history and adolescent education from Elmira in May 2005.


Black previously assisted former head coach Jack Perri’s staff with all administrative duties, as well as recruiting and scouting during the 2004-05 season.


“I'm very excited to continue working with the men's basketball team,” Black says. “We have a great group of student-athletes who are dedicated and want to win.”


He is currently working on his master’s degree in teaching at Rhode Island College. He earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Northeastern University in 1998.


A native of East Providence, he currently resides in Providence, Rhode Island with his wife Megan.


The Anchormen open the 2005-06 season at the Wheaton College Tip-off Tournament vs. Mt. Ida on Nov. 18.