Brian O'Neal
Brian O'Neal

Hometown:
Pontotoc, Miss.

Position:
Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Ole Miss, 1993


06/29/2014

Sam Kendricks Wins U.S. Pole Vault Title

Another Big Championship For Ole Miss Junior

06/14/2014

Rebels Place Top 25 At NCAA Outdoor Championships

Fourth Straight Top-25 National Finish For Ole Miss Men

06/11/2014

NCAA CHAMPION AGAIN ... Sam Kendricks

Ole Miss Junior Claims Second Straight NCAA Outdoor Pole Vault Title

06/10/2014

Ole Miss Goes West For NCAA Outdoor Championships

Wednesday-Saturday In Eugene, Oregon

05/31/2014

Seven Rebels Qualify For NCAA Outdoor Championships

Men's 4x100 Meter Relay Shatters School Record

Updated 10/31/13

After helping build Florida into a national championship program, former Ole Miss student-athlete and assistant coach Brian O'Neal returned home to Mississippi to take the helm of the Rebel track and field/cross country program as head coach on June 12, 2012.

His first year at the helm of the Ole Miss program was a success, as he led the men to their best ever national outdoor finish and the women to their best ever SEC cross country finish.

Highlighted by the Rebels' first ever NCAA pole vault champion, Sam Kendricks, and scintillating sprinter Isiah Young, the Ole Miss men finished No. 8 at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships in O'Neal's first season.

Kendricks set all sorts of records during his sophomore season en route to the national title. Among those was his school-record vault of 19-0.75 at the Texas Relays, which was the best in the NCAA since 1998 and No. 5 all-time in collegiate history.

O'Neal helped Young develop into one of the world's top sprinters in 2013. Young shattered school records in the 100 (9.93) and 200 (19.86), and competed for Team USA in the latter at the 2013 World Championships to follow up his 2012 London Olympics appearance. He placed runner-up in the 200 and third in the 100 at the NCAA Championships, while he was SEC champion in the 200 and SEC runner-up in the 100. Young signed a professional contract with Nike upon the completion of his senior year.

In his debut season as head coach, he guided Ole Miss athletes to seven All-America honors with one NCAA champion and two SEC champions.

One of O'Neal's first tasks was to strengthen the Rebels' distance program, and he made a good first step with the women's team placing fourth at the 2012 SEC Cross Country Championships for their best showing ever. In addition, Katie Breathitt became the first female in school history to compete at the NCAA Cross Country Championships.

A native of nearby Pontotoc, O'Neal is the third head coach in the modern history of the Ole Miss track and field program. He took the reins from his former coach, Joe Walker, after Walker's 30-year career with the Rebels.

O'Neal was the 2009 national assistant coach of the year at Florida and helped the Gators to four national championships and three runner-up finishes in his four years there.

In his 19-year coaching career at Ole Miss and Florida, O'Neal has mentored numerous NCAA champions, SEC champions and Olympic athletes.

While coaching the women's jumpers and assisting Mike Holloway with the sprints, hurdles and relays, O'Neal helped the Gator men's team capture four NCAA team championships and three runner-up finishes over four years. The women's team also collected three top-10 NCAA finishes during O'Neal's time in Gainesville.

In 2012, the Florida men were crowned national champions at the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships.

Between the indoor and outdoor SEC Championships, he also helped lead the Gator men to two league titles and the women to three league crowns. Neither team finished lower than fifth at any SEC meet during O'Neal's four-year tenure. He mentored UF athletes to 45 All-America honors, 14 All-American relays and 25 SEC titles.

Among the stars that developed under O'Neal's tutelage at Florida were 2012 NCAA indoor and outdoor triple jump champion Omar Craddock, four-time NCAA men's triple jump champion Christian Taylor and seven-time SEC champion and four-time All-American Shara Proctor in the women's triple and long jumps.

In 2012, he coached Craddock to the phenomenal status of indoor and outdoor NCAA champion, as well as indoor and outdoor SEC champion. He also mentored freshman Ciarra Brewer to the SEC women's triple jump title, in large part because of a change in technique, recommended by O'Neal, that helped her become the No. 2-ranked triple jumper in UF history.

In 2010, O'Neal mentored freshman sprinter Lanie Whittaker to become the 2010 SEC Indoor Co-Freshman of the Year after a fourth-place finish in the 400-meter run at the SEC Indoor Championships and running the third leg of Florida's 4x400-meter relay that ran the school's fastest time in that event since the 2005 season.

In his first year at Florida, O'Neal was named the 2009 USTFCCCA Men's Indoor National Assistant Coach of the Year after guiding the Gators to NCAA runner-up finishes at the national indoor and outdoor meet.h That year he helped develop Taylor, who won the 2009 NCAA Indoor triple jump title as a freshman and also was the Cliff Harper Trophy recipient at the 2009 SEC Indoor Championships as the league's high points scorer with individual championships in the long jump, triple jump and 4x400-meter relay.

The final season of his 14-year assistant coaching tenure at Ole Miss saw O'Neal distinguished with 2008 USTFCCCA South Region Women's Assistant Coach of the Year honors. That year he mentored Kenyata Coleman to a fifth-place finish in the 400-meter dash at the NCAA Championships and All-America honors, as well as the 400-meter SEC title. LaJada Baldwin was also an All-America selection in the 400, holding a personal-best time of 52.51. Both advanced to the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials.

Also in 2008, O'Neal coached four women in the 400-meter hurdle finals at the SEC Outdoor Championships, and Brittney Reese was fifth at the SEC Indoor Championships in the 60-meter dash. Reese was the 2008 NCAA indoor and outdoor champion in the long jump and represented the U.S. in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing after winning the U.S. Olympic trials.

O'Neal was promoted to Ole Miss associate coach for his final three seasons in Oxford and was responsible for coaching the sprints, relays and hurdles for the Rebels, as well as serving as the team's recruiting coordinator. After joining the staff in 1994, O'Neal was promoted to a full-time assistant in 1995.

In all, O'Neal coached 12 athletes to top-four finishes at the NCAA Championships during his first stop at Ole Miss. He also mentored 18 athletes to earn 39 All-America honors and seven SEC champions in that 14-year span.

In 2007, under O'Neal's direction, the Lady Rebels set a school record in the 4x100-meter relay as the quartet of Kadeshia Fortune, Cachet Murray, Kim Mulkey and Coleman posted a time of 44.49 at the SEC Championships. The Ole Miss 4x100-meter relay team would go on to finish 11th at the NCAA Championships. O'Neal also guided Coleman to a school record in the 400 meters en route to her selection as an NCAA Outdoor All-American.

Antwon Hicks, under O'Neal's guidance, was a two-time NCAA indoor champion in the 60-meter hurdles, claiming the national title in 2004 and 2005. John Yarbrough was the NCAA outdoor runner-up in the 110-meter hurdles in 2007, while Hicks was the runner-up in that event in 2005.

In 2003, O'Neal helped Kendrick Triggs to a fantastic season, culminating in Ole Miss' first individual SEC Indoor Championship in 10 years when Triggs captured the 200-meter title.

O'Neal's sprinters shattered school records in 11 events in 2001. The UM sprinters also excelled on a national and international level. Ole Miss was represented by three athletes who competed for USA teams over the summer. Teneeshia Jones competed in the World University Games, Triggs competed in the Junior Pan American Games and Savante' Stringfellow competed at both the World Championships and the Goodwill Games.

Stringfellow was the USA indoor and outdoor champion in 2000 and also claimed the NCAA Outdoor Championship in 2000, representing the U.S. in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.

Under O'Neal's guidance, Jones won the 2001 SEC title in the 100-meter hurdles and finished her career with eight All-America honors and seven school records. James Shelton was the 2001 NCAA runner-up in the indoor 60 meters, garnering his first All-America honor. Triggs set the Ole Miss record in the indoor 200 and went on to post an outdoor personal-best with his runner-up finish in the USATF Junior Nationals 200.

O'Neal directed the men's 4x400 relay team to the Championship of America title at the Penn Relays in 1999, the last year the Rebels would compete at the historic event.

In his second season at Ole Miss, O'Neal coached the No. 1 and No. 3-ranked 400-meter men in the NCAA with Brad Pride winning the SEC Championship with a mark of 45.29 and Ed Odom posting a time of 45.35.

In his first season with the Rebels, O'Neal coached Greg Saddler to an NCAA Indoor Championship in the 55 meters and coached the men's 4x400-meter relay team to an SEC runner-up finish and a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. His 4x400 relay team that year set a then-SEC record of 3:02.30.

O'Neal was a four-year letterman as a middle-distance runner for the Rebels. He was a member of three relay teams that finished in the top three at the SEC Championships, including the 1990 SEC runner-up 4x800-meter relay team.

A 1993 graduate of Ole Miss with a bachelor's degree in public administration, O'Neal is married to Ole Miss graduate and former Rebelette LaChonda Carter. The couple has three children, a son Cameron LaBrian and daughters Cayden Shree and Camille Brianna.

Email Coach O'Neal

Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Blog
    • New Hitting Coach Mike Clement Q-And-A

      Thursday, July 24, 2014 - Baseball

      On the transition as new hitting coach: The transition has been really good. The coaching staff has made it a lot easier on me than what it could be. It's definitely been a whirlwind. On what he knew about Ole... read more

    • UPDATED: Hugh Freeze's Day At ESPN Car Wash

      Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - Football

      UPDATE: Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.Here are more of Coach Freeze's interviews in Bristol. Scroll down to the earlier post to hear him on Ivan Maisel's podcast. Listen: Freeze on the Paul Finebaum Show Listen: Freeze on the Freddie Coleman ShowListen:... read more

    • Freeze Visits ESPN Headquarters Monday

      Sunday, July 20, 2014 - Football

      All 14 Southeastern Conference football coaches will travel to ESPN's annual mid-summer football coaches "car wash" - in which guests appear across multiple programs and platforms over one day - at ESPN's Bristol, Conn., headquarters on Monday and Tuesday. Ole... read more

    • What They're Saying: Ole Miss At SEC Media Days

      Friday, July 18, 2014 - Football

      Ole Miss took its turn at the annual SEC Media Days on Thursday. Joining head coach Hugh Freeze was senior quarterback Bo Wallace, junior defensive end C.J. Johnson and senior safety Cody Prewitt. Here are a few related SEC Media... read more

    • Rebels Raise Expectations Entering Year Three

      Thursday, July 17, 2014 - Football

      Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze said on day one that his expectations were to make the program relevant in the Southeastern Conference Western Division. With a full allotment of 85 scholarship players and more depth of both sides of... read more

    • Healthy, Confident Wallace Eyes Atlanta

      Thursday, July 17, 2014 - Football

      Once overshadowed, Wallace now finds himself more firmly in the spotlight after the departure of seven of the league's eight top passers. The dean of SEC quarterbacks, Wallace is the league's leading returner in total offense, passing yards and passing... read more

    • Freeze Meets With Local Media At Media Days

      Thursday, July 17, 2014 - Football

      Before taking his turn at the podium in the main room at SEC Media Days on Thursday, head coach Hugh Freeze met with members of the Ole Miss local media and addressed a wide variety of topics. Here are some... read more

    • What They're Saying: Day 3 Of SEC Media Days

      Thursday, July 17, 2014 - Football

      Ole Miss will take its turn at SEC Media Days on Thursday. Here are a few links to stories of interest for Ole Miss fans from Day Three of SEC Media Days, which featured Steve Shaw (SEC), Justin Connolly (ESPN),... read more

    • What They're Saying: Day 2 Of SEC Media Days

      Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - Football

      Ole Miss will take its turn at SEC Media Days on Thursday. Here are a few links to stories of interest for Ole Miss fans from Day Two of SEC Media Days, which featured South Carolina, Mississippi State, Texas A&M... read more

    • Ole Miss In CFB 24/7 14 For '14 Series

      Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - Football

      NFL.com CFB 24/7 has counted down the 14 college football players to watch -- and some other college football topics -- in varying categories in 2014. Below are the highlights for Ole Miss and the link to the complete 14... read more

    • What They're Saying: Day 1 Of SEC Media Days

      Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - Football

      Ole Miss will take its turn at SEC Media Days on Thursday. Here are a few links to stories of interest for Ole Miss fans from Day 1 of SEC Media Days, which featured SEC commissioner Mike Slive, Auburn, Florida... read more

    • Cozart Named Best Defensive SS Of First Half

      Sunday, July 13, 2014 - Baseball

      Former Ole Miss player Zack Cozart, now a member of the Cincinnati Reds, was named the best defensive shortstop in baseball for the first half of the 2014 season. ESPN Insider Scott Spratt selected one player from either league at... read more

    • The Season: Ole Miss Baseball Postseason

      Saturday, July 12, 2014 - Baseball

      The Season: Ole Miss Baseball: Omaha Bound from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo. Chapter 1: Regionals from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo. Chapter 2: Super Regionals from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo. Chapter 3: CWS Games 1 & 2... read more

    • Ole Miss Preps For SEC Media Days

      Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - Football

      Three student-athletes and the head coach of each of the 14 Southeastern Conference football programs will participate in SEC Football Media Days, July 14-17, at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham - The Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala.Ole Miss will take its... read more

    • Ole Miss And The World Cup

      Thursday, July 3, 2014 - Athletics

      The United States' run in the 2014 World Cup came to an end with a 2-1 extra-time loss to Belgium in the Round of 16. For many fans, it's also the end of the road, but for a few Ole... read more