Boasting 16 years of college coaching experience, including the last 11 as a head coach, Devin O'Neill has joined the Bradley Soccer coaching staff as an assistant for the 2010 season.
"Having Devin join the staff is something I couldn't be more excited about," said Bradley Soccer head coach Jim DeRose. "What started as a long shot has come to fruition and our excitement to have Devin on our staff opens up great opportunities on many fronts. Obviously his experience as a head coach is fantastic, as was his assistant coaching record with Fresno and Ohio State. His recruiting base and success, on field and in-game experience, enthusiasm and his administrative and communication skills truly gives us an elite presence on our staff and will allow us to continue to move the program forward nationally."
O'Neill joined the Bradley staff in July 2010 following seven years as the head coach at NCAA Division III Gettysburg College, where he compiled a 68-46-18 overall record, including a 38-25-8 mark and two runner-up finishes in the highly-competitive Centennial Conference. He coached 27 all-conference and nine NSCAA All-East Region players at Gettysburg.
O'Neill also sports four years of NCAA Division I head coaching experience, having directed the program at East Carolina from 1999-2002. In his final three years with the Pirates, O'Neill led the team to its best 3-year winning percentage in the program's history and produced ECU's first-ever Major League Soccer and US National Team player, Clyde Simms.
"I am really excited to be joining the men's soccer staff at Bradley University," said O'Neill. "Coach DeRose has built a great program here and I look forward to working both with him and Coach (Brian) Barnett in trying to make even more progress on the national level.
"Many things made an immediate impact on me when I visited the campus," O'Neill added, "including the dynamic vision for athletics of both President (Joanne) Glasser and Dr. (Michael) Cross, the outstanding facilities and membership in the Missouri Valley Conference."
O'Neill and his wife, Mimi, are the proud parents of three children: daughter Brooke (12) and sons Sean (10) and Shay (6).
A three-sport athlete at Middlebury College, where he captained both the soccer and ski teams and also played golf, O'Neill earned All-New England Region honors on the soccer pitch as a senior in 1990 and he was a two-time (1989, 1990) All-American skier. He graduated from Middlebury in 1991 and received his master's degree from Springfield College in 1993.
Ironically, Bradley's newest assistant is replacing the man who gave him his first coaching job, Jeff Gettler, who left the Braves after one year to return to the head coaching ranks at NCAA Division III Husson College. O'Neill began his career as an assistant to Gettler at Lafayette College in 1994. After helping Lafayette to consecutive Patriot League titles in 1994 and 1995, O'Neill moved west and helped Fresno State to a Western Athletic Conference title and a NCAA Tournament quarterfinal appearance in his lone season with the Bulldogs in 1996. Before beginning his head coaching career, O'Neill also spent two years as an assistant at Ohio State from 1997-98 and helped the Buckeyes to a runner-up finish in the 1998 Big Ten Conference Tournament.