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Jack O’Brien

In 1970, after five years of coaching and teaching in the Kern County High School District, Jack transferred to North High School. He was hired over a cup of coffee at a meeting with Turk Eliades at the Westchester Bowling Alley.

Jack retired in 2004, after coaching and teaching at North for 34 years. While at North, he taught biology, physical science and physical education. He also served as the PE Department Chairman. He coached four different sports, one year as the head softball coach, four years as the JV wrestling coach, more than a decade of freshman and JV baseball, seventeen years as a varsity assistant football coach, and seven years as the head football coach.

His greatest memories of coaching are of the interactions with the athletes and the coaches that he was able to “rub shoulders with.” Developing lifelong bonds is what coaching is all about. Coaching second-generation kids and having former players come back to coach with you are two of the things Jack considers true blessings, and Jack was very fortunate to have many.

From 2001 to 2015, he has continued coaching football at Bakersfield College. Here he’s been able to coach former player’s sons, coach with former players, and continue coaching with former North High School football coaches.

The hope of a coach is that they have as great as impact on their players’ lives as those players have on the coach’s life.

Family is truly the foundation that holds up a high school coach. Jack has a very solid one in his beautiful wife Susie (NHS class of 1966), daughter Annie (NHS class of 1986), daughter Michelle (NHS class of 1988), their spouse’s Keith, and Blake (NHS class of 1981), son Sean, his wife Jenna, grandsons Randall, Logan (NHS class of 2015), Rhett, Declcan, Reese, and granddaughters Keelie, and Romy.