May 22, 2014
Daniel O'Brien is Siena's new assistant athletic director for development. O'Brien will oversee the Saints Alive! athletic giving fund which raises over $500,000 annually for the benefit of Siena's student athletes, manage the athletic department's key fundraising events, solicit gifts for the College's capital campaign project and establish various outreach initiatives.
O'Brien has worked in the athletic development office at VCU since December of 2012 helping oversee the operations of the Ram Athletic Fund. In this role, O'Brien assisted with special events, capital project solicitations and in the VCU Athletics annual fund which raised over $3 million in the 2012-2013 academic year. O'Brien also assisted in the seat equity program for Verizon Wireless Arena.
From March of 2009 until November of 2012, O'Brien worked as assistant athletic director for business operations and facilities at Niagara. At Niagara, he was responsible for the day-to-day business operations of the athletic department including: oversight and management of athletic facilities, oversight of budgets for the 17 Purple Eagle athletic teams, monitoring travel, equipment and recruiting expenses and serving as the liaison with the University's business office.
O'Brien spent the 2008-09 year as the Director of Basketball Operations for the Niagara Men's Basketball team. The Purple Eagles finished the year with a 26-9 record and advanced to the National Invitational Tournament, where they received a first round home game.
O'Brien spent the 2008-09 year as the Director of Basketball Operations for the Niagara Men's Basketball team. The Purple Eagles finished the year with a 26-9 record and advanced to the National Invitational Tournament, where they received a first round home game. O'Brien graduated from Niagara University with a degree in Sports Management in 2008. During his four years as the head manager for the men's basketball program the team went to the NCAA Tournament in 2005 and 2007. O'Brien is currently completing his master's degree in the Center for Sport Leadership from VCU. A native of Washington, D.C. O'Brien graduated from Gonzaga College High School.