Her parents also
inspired her love for the game. Her father coached her and
her siblings while they were growing up.
O’Brien-Gorkowski’s impressive credentials are proof
that she is well-qualified to head the new HPU women’s
basketball team. She has been coaching more then 10 years at
the collegiate level, and after working as the director of Basketball
Operations at the University of Hawai‘i-Manoa, she was
asked to join HPU as the first-ever women’s basketball
I feel that it is the opportunity of a lifetime to lay the groundwork,
not only for this year’s team but the future,” she
said. “It is a unique and exciting opportunity.”
O’Brien-Gorkowski was the assistant coach at the Hofstra
University in New York, where she graduated with a marketing
degree and lettered in basketball and soccer.
Prior to working at the University of Hawai‘i, O’Brien-Gorkowski
was also the assistant coach at the United States Military Academy
at West Point ending their season with a 15-13 record and third
place finish in 2004-2005. While working in the Athletic Department
at West Point, O’Brien-Gorkowski met her husband Justin,
who is currently deployed to Iraq until August 2007.
It has been interesting as we have both been trying to build
our own form of team in two totally different arenas, but each
with its own growing pains and success stories,” she
O’Brien-Grorkowski is also expecting their first child
in December or January.
Hopefully it won’t be during a game,” she said.