MARTIN, Tenn. – Head baseball coach Rick Robinson has announced the addition of John O’Neil to the University of Tennessee at Martin coaching staff as a volunteer assistant.
O’Neil previously served as the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, which competes in the Division-I Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference, where he was responsible for managing all recruiting efforts while overseeing team offense and infielders during the 2017 season.
“I am very excited to welcome Coach O’Neil to the University of Tennessee at Martin and to our baseball staff,” said head coach Rick Robinson. “Coach O'Neil brings a wealth of knowledge not only in coaching baseball but also as a leader of young men. He will be asked to play a major role in helping develop our team which will allow us to continue our steady progress toward the top of the OVC.”
O’Neil served as the interim head coach at Maryland Eastern Shore from January 2015 through August 2016, leading the Hawks to the most non-conference wins (nine) in 2016 and most conference wins (14) in 2015. Under his guidance, Maryland Eastern Shore saw its most wins during a two-year span in over two decades. He oversaw the program’s improved fundraising campaigns, playing facility, player equipment, community service involvement and community and media awareness. The Hawks earned consecutive Male Team Scholar Awards along with 25 MEAC All-Academic Honorees.
"I would like to thank Coach Robinson for the opportunity to join his staff and the UT Martin baseball program,” said O’Neil. “I am excited to start to work with the student-athletes and to help develop them on and off the field."
O’Neil served as an assistant at Maryland Eastern Shore from August 2011 until he assumed the role of interim head coach. In 2012, he assisted the Hawks to the most conference wins in program history and a third place finish in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament as well as the highest winning percentage in the previous six seasons.
O’Neil coached the Middlesex Rays of the Atlantic Baseball Confederation Collegiate League during the summer of 2011. He oversaw the expansion team that competed in the collegiate wooden bat league.
During the 2010-11 baseball season, O’Neil served as the top assistant baseball coach at the University of the Sciences, which is located in Philadelphia, Pa. He helped guide the NCAA Division-II team to its most conference wins, first conference tournament appearance and win, two first team All-CACC players, a first team all-region infielder and two All-Academic Honorees.
From 2008-10, O’Neil was the lead assistant baseball coach at Colby-Sawyer College, a NCAA Division-III program located in New London, NH. He assisted the team to a conference tournament appearance while coaching three All-CCC players, an all-region selection and two All-Academic Honorees.
O’Neil played collegiately at Colby-Sawyers College from 2004-08, serving as the team’s starting catcher and also saw time at designated hitter. At the prep level, he received state awards as an infielder at Burrillville High School in Rhode Island.
O'Neil received his undergraduate degree in exercise and sport sciences from Colby-Sawyer in 2008, earning his Master's Degree two years later in sport and recreation management from New England College.