Mike O'Shea enters his 17th season as the head athletics trainer at the University of Houston. Widely regarded as one of the top collegiate trainers in the country, O'Shea oversees the training room operations for the football team and for all UH student-athletes.
In June of 2005, O'Shea was awarded the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award given by the National Athletic Trainers Association.
Before coming to Houston in 1993, O'Shea served as the head football athletics trainer at the University of Louisville from 1985-93. While at Louisville, he accompanied the Cardinals to the 1991 Fiesta Bowl. In 1987, O'Shea was named the National Athletic Trainer's Association University Athletic Trainer-of-the-Year.
Prior to his tenure at Louisville, O'Shea worked with Howard Schnellenberger at Miami from 1979-85. O'Shea was with the Hurricanes when they upset Nebraska in the 1983 Orange Bowl to win the 1983 national championship, and during the 1980 Peach Bowl and 1984 Fiesta Bowl seasons. O'Shea's association with Schnellenberger started in 1973 when he was hired as an athletics trainer for the Baltimore Colts.
The Brenham, Texas, native began his illustrious career in 1963 as a student assistant trainer at Blinn College. He then moved to Texas and later Kent State University. He received his bachelor's degree from Texas in 1968 and his master's degree from Kent State in 1974 after four years in the U.S. Air Force.
O'Shea was the head athletics trainer for United States AAU track & field teams that traveled to Russia in 1975, and Italy in 1977. In 1981, he wrote a book entitled, The History and Development of the National Athletic Trainers' Association.
In 1999, O'Shea was awarded the Professional Football Athletic Trainer Society's "Distinguished Alumni Award". He is a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and a Texas Licensed Athletic Trainer.
The O'Shea family includes wife Annette, son Chad and wife Melissa, as well as grandchildren Claire and Grace. Chad, a former UH quarterback, graduate and assistant coach at UH is presently an offensive assistant for the Minnesota Vikings. Daughter Julie, also a UH graduate, is a special education instructor in Fort Bend County and is married to Toby Holmes.