July 14, 2003
Steve Virgen The prognosis is that Tim O'Brien is on the road to recovery. Yet, actually, in regard to his outlook on life and his value of what he called, "the little things," O'Brien seems to be 100% healthy. O'Brien, the former Estancia High boys basketball coach, had heart surgery after collapsing in his home eight months ago. While in recovery in the hospital, he said he received get-well cards from various former players, including some of the 1990-91 state championship team.
February 11, 2001
Barry Faulkner In quiet moments -- sitting behind the wheel at the one stop light between his home and Northwood High, where he teaches and coaches boys basketball, or when the kids are in bed -- Tim O'Brien selfishly longs for the continued health and happiness of his family. Everything else, he already has covered. "My family life is wonderful," said O'Brien, a former Estancia High and Orange Coast College coach who, at 46, has jump stopped into an enviable existence.
March 15, 2004
Steve Virgen When Rich Boyce thinks back on his time at Estancia High, wonderful memories are conjured from the 13 years he spent at the school. Extraordinary highlights of basketball come to mind and a tone of voice usually reserved for a fairy tale also results as he explains the atmosphere of boys high school basketball at Estancia in the early 1990s. However, there were other memories, off the court, that Boyce also holds true to his heart.
July 20, 2013
About every other day, Agustin Heredia will call his former basketball coach, Tim O'Brien, a man who impacted his life greatly. Heredia, the Estancia High boys' basketball coach, enjoyed his days of playing basketball for O'Brien at Estancia, which he led to a CIF Southern Section title before graduating in 1990. When he speaks to O'Brien now, they'll talk about concepts, or maybe the state of high school basketball. "He's just a great guy," Heredia said of O'Brien, who now coaches at Northwood.
December 30, 2004
Rick Devereux In a game of new versus old, the old nearly blew a 21-point lead. Estancia High, led by first-year coach Jason Simco, lost, 60-58, in the semifinals of the Coast Classic at Estancia to Northwood, led by Tim O'Brien. O'Brien guided the Eagles program from 1987 to 1992, hanging banners in the gym for claiming the 1989-'90 CIF Southern Section Division III-A championship, the '90-91 CIF runner-up and the '90-91 Division III state championship.
January 21, 2006
The Sea Kings can't keep up with hot-shooting Northwood, but 5-1 start in league is nothing to be ashamed of.CORONA DEL MAR -- If Friday night's matchup between the Corona del Mar High boys' basketball team and Northwood was to be Tim O'Brien's last time coaching in the Sea Kings gymnasium, his team gave him a nice send-off. O'Brien, the former Estancia High and Orange Coast College coach, had his Northwood team hitting on all cylinders in its 73-52 Pacific Coast League victory.
December 24, 2001
Barry Faulkner With half a lifetime on the sideline, and still a full life ahead, 34-year-old Rich Boyce learned only recently to compartmentalize his passion for basketball. During 13 years at Estancia High, four as the boys basketball head coach (1996-2000), Boyce's competitive edge frequently lingered long after the final buzzer, often resulting in sleepless nights after a loss. Now, in his second year as coach at Edison High, his third year as a husband, Boyce, soon to become a first-time father, said he no longer takes what happens on the hardwood home.
January 17, 2001
Barry Faulkner A change of heart late Tuesday night by Northwood High boys basketball coach Tim O'Brien eliminated plans for Pacific Coast League principals to vote Monday on whether Corona del Mar would have to forfeit Friday's upset victory over the Timberwolves. O'Brien, after consulting with Northwood Athletic Director Rick Curtis, decided the school would not pursue the potential forfeit, originally requested Monday by Northwood Principal Tony Ferruzzo, citing a CIF Southern Section bylaw that forbids spectators from using noisemakers.
December 8, 2002
In nine days former Estancia High and Orange Coast College basketball coach Tim O'Brien has a projected return to home ... home, as it feels to be on the hardwoods of a court at Northwood High. "We're hoping to see him in attendance at our Irvine World News Tournament," said Northwood Athletic Director Rick Curtis. "We know he's eager to be back and feeling better." Northwood, a Pacific Coast League power which is clearly the nemesis which Corona del Mar must deal with, is presently being coached by O'Brien's assistants, Kenny Keup and Derek Roche.
February 1, 2000
Tony Altobelli It's something Orange Coast College men's basketball player David Castleton can tell his kids someday: He got to play against Los Angeles Lakers star, Kobe Bryant in high school. "I played against him in a summer league game and I had to guard him the whole game. He torched me for 39 points. It wasn't very pretty." Ok, perhaps, he'll skip that little story, but there's plenty of others he can share to future generations. Whether it's football or basketball, Castleton has left a considerable impression to the Pirates history.