Marshall will host three camps through December and January and a hitting league in November and December
Chris O’Neill enters his first season at Marshall University after spending the 2017 season as an assistant at Maryland Eastern Shore. Before Eastern Shore, O'Neill served two seasons as the Hitting Coach/Recruiting Coordinator at Concordia University in Ann Arbor. O’Neill began his coaching career at Tarboro High School in North Carolina, his first season as an assistant before guiding the program in 2014.
At Maryland Eastern Shore, O’Neill coordinated all base running efforts for the Hawks who stole 86 bases, the most since 2010. Additionally the mark stood for 23rd most in NCAA Division 1 Baseball. O’Neill helped to assist the program to qualify for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament.
In the summer of 2016, O’Neill was the skipper for the Grand Lake Mariners in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League. O’Neill guided the Mariners to the most wins since 2009 with a 23-19 regular season finish and playoff birth. The first year manager helped Grand Lake set three team records with the most home runs (29), runs scored (229), and runs batted in (183).
The summer of 2017 would be an improvement for the Mariners. O’Neill guided the Mariners to 27 wins and a league runner-up finish. Grand Lake reached the finals for the first time since 2006. The Mariners continued to set organizational records under O’Neill’s tutelage.
Concordia batted .254 with 400 hits and 262 runs scored in 2015, an increase in both hits and runs scored from the previous year. In addition, O’Neill helped to increase several other offensive categories. The Cardinal offense saw an increase in doubles, triples, RBI, total bases, slugging percentage, walks, hit by pitch, and stolen bases. CUAA increased to 4.8 runs per game in 2015 from 3.7 in the previous year.
The 2016 season brought even more improvements in hits (425), slugging percentage (.333), strike out rates, and on base percentage (.360). Most notably, the team was able to post an impressive .275 batting average under O'Neill. CUAA posted the most wins in program history with 31.
A native of Mifflinville, Pennsylvania, O’Neill saw four of his players earn All-Conference selections. In addition, he guided three players to All-Area accolades during his only season as head coach at Tarboro.
O’Neill received a Bachelor’s degree in Education from King’s College in 2012.
O’Neill is married to the former Kaitlin Mangan of Nescopeck, PA.