|Hometown:||Whitefish Bay, Wis.|
Garrett O'Donnell '98 returns to his alma mater for his first season as an assistant coach in 2015-16. O'Donnell assists in all aspects of the Seahawk basketball program, including instituting defensive strategies to improve the team's overall defensive play.
The Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin native comes to St. Mary's following six successful seasons at the Maret School in Washington, D.C. O'Donnell posted a 115 wins in his six seasons as the head boys basketball coach of the Maret Frogs. The 2013 DCSportsFan.com Coach of the Year, he guided his teams to the top of the MAC in scoring defense in five of his six seasons.
O'Donnell led Maret to the Final Four of the D.C. State Athletic Association Boys Basketball Tournament twice in 2015 and 2016. The Frogs also finished as the regular-season champions of the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference three years running (2013-14 to 2015-16) and collected a pair of MAC tournament championship titles in 2014 and 2015. Maret earned Top 10 rankings in the Washington Post as well in 2013-14, 2014-15, and 2015-16.
Prior to Maret, O'Donnell spent six years at Bishop O'Connell High School in Arlington, Virginia as a varsity assistant coach and J.V./freshmen head coach. He tallied a 64-14 record as the J.V. coach while helping lead the varsity side to three Virginia state titles and one Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship.
O'Donnell also helped revitalize basketball program at The Cardinal Gibbons School from 1999 to 2003 as an assistant varsity coach.
As a Seahawk senior in 1997-98, he was the recipient of several athletic awards. O'Donnell earned the Male Athlete of the Year Award and the Coaches Award in both soccer and basketball as well as the Athletic Director's Award. He also served as president of the Student Athletic Advisory Board.
When not on the court, O'Donnell is a studio technician at Fox News Channel in D.C. and still works at Maret School as a video producer.