Jamie O’Brien was captain of First Hockey in both Lower School and Upper School, two-time winner of the Headmaster’s Trophy, a major contributor to the success of Ridley’s football, track and rugby teams. His impressive athletic career continued at Middlebury College, where he played hockey, rugby and ran track. He credits his success to lessons learned at Ridley about the importance of self-discipline. He also fondly recalls a European tour with the First Hockey team, during which they went undefeated in a series of seven matches, including one against the Dutch Jr. National Team. Impressive to Jamie’s teenage self was the fight that broke out during one of those games and the dual Zambonis that resurfaced the ice between periods. A great friend and ambassador for the school.
“I learned that academics and athletics could be successfully combined by being disciplined with your time. And in practice – working hard in areas of weakness can improve consistency and performance.”