After concluding a search that included 28 applicants from San Diego, Arizona, Oregon, Hawaii, and Northern California we were able to find a head coach that we are all excited for as we bring PHHS Patriot Football to a new era!
We are proud to introduce JT O’Sullivan as our new head football coach. He is very excited to get started right away. Following the winter break we will have a parent/player introduction meeting to discuss the plan for the offseason program. More information to come. Below is some of JT’s background.
JT O’Sullivan has spent over 15 years in athletics and education. He was an NFL quarterback for nearly a decade. Drafted by the Saints in the sixth round in 2002, he eventually played for 11 NFL organizations and played in NFL Europe and CFL. In fact, NFL Films did a segment on his career entitled—J.T. O’Sullivan’s Journey: From Division II Heisman Candidate to NFL QB.
After retiring from the NFL, O’Sullivan transitioned into intercollegiate athletics administration at the University of San Diego (USD) and San Diego State University where he worked in strategic planning, event management, facilities, operations, compliance, and development. JT has also volunteered as a football coach at Southwestern College. In addition, O’Sullivan is an experienced speaker. He has spoken to numerous camps, youth groups, high schools, intercollegiate athletics departments, and military groups.
As a student-athlete, O’Sullivan was a two-time team captain, MVP, and most inspirational player at UC Davis. He is also a member of the UC Davis Athletics Hall of Fame and was named the young alumnus of the year. O’Sullivan earned his bachelor’s degree from UC Davis before receiving his Ph.D. in leadership studies from USD. His diverse background includes teaching leadership, organizational development, and fundraising courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
O’Sullivan has called San Diego home since 2004. JT and his wife Laura have three sons Jack (8), Larkin (5), and Davis (3).
“After spending thousands of hours with him in quarterback meetings, I can tell you first-hand that he is an exceptional teacher and leader.”
–Adam Gase, Miami Dolphins Head Coach
“JT has some very special qualities. I found his knowledge of the game to be at a coach’s level when he was a player. His preparation always exceeded expectations. His character is beyond reproach. The best compliment I can give him is if I had a son or grandson playing football… I would want him playing for JT. Character, knowledge, organization skills and leadership are all the qualities JT has at the highest level. He is simply a winner and leader.”
–Mike Martz, Head Coach of the San Diego Fleet and Former St. Louis Rams Head Coach
“Now as a retired NFL player, a husband, dad, and educational professional – JT is proving to be an amazing person. He is just as passionate as always, but he has the quality life-experience that makes him unique. JT still attacks life—that is JT—but he has also gained extraordinary wisdom through the years. He works great with people. He is a great communicator. He has unparalleled integrity—and he cares.”
–Mike Moroski, College of Idaho Head Football Coach