Veteran College Coach Devin O'Neill Joins UMass Men's Soccer Staff
Aug. 6, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - A veteran with 18 years of experience, Devin O'Neill has been named assistant coach for the UMass men's soccer program as announced by head coach Sam Koch on Monday. O'Neill joins the Minutemen after a two-year stint at Bradley and replaces Roy Fink who was named head coach at the University of New Haven in May.
"We are very happy for Roy to have been named the head coach at New Haven," said Koch. "He did a tremendous job for us over the last several years and him earning this position is a reflection of his efforts."
"Devin is an outstanding addition to our program with his breadth of experience and knowledge of the game. I think his understanding of recruiting and how to work with players at all levels to help them become successful is a testament to that experience," said Koch. "Being able to return to his home state is a plus that will be great for him and his family."
At Bradley, O'Neill helped the Braves to a pair of NCAA Tournament Appearances in 2010 and 2011 marking the first time in the program's history to make back-to-back trips to the tournament. In his two seasons in Peoria, the Braves posted a 26-15-5 record with 15 wins in 2011 marking the 2nd most wins in program history.
The West Springfield native returns to his home state after spending time in the collegiate ranks as both a head coach and an assistant coach. Prior to joining Bradley as an assistant coach in 2010, O'Neill was the head coach at Gettysburg College (2003-10) and at East Carolina (1999-02). He started his coaching career in 1994 at Lafayette College before moving on to Fresno State (1996-97) and Ohio State (1997-99).
"Having grown up in Western Massachusetts, UMass athletics has had special significance for my family for many years," said O'Neill. "I jumped at the chance to join Coach Koch and I am very proud to be a part of such a great university, athletic department, and program as found here at UMass."
In his seven years as the head coach at Gettysburg, 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.
As an assistant coach at Lafayette, O'Neill helped the Leopards to consecutive Patriot League titles in 1994 and 1995. He then moved on to Fresno State where the Bulldogs won the Western Athletic Conference title and reached the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals 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.
O'Neill and his wife, Mimi, are the proud parents of three children: daughter Brooke (14) and sons Sean (12) and Shay (8).
A three-sport athlete at Middlebury College, O'Neill captained both the soccer and ski teams and also played golf. He 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.
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