Brian O’Neill was named the next Head Swimming and Diving Coach in the summer of 2014 and will replace long-time coach and Hiram alum, Jack Groselle ’76 after 22 years in charge of the program.
O’Neill comes to Hiram following a six-year stay at Drew (N.J.) University where he served as an assistant coach for the Rangers. During his tenure, he helped coach 20 swimmers who earned All-Eastern College Athletic Conference honors as well as setting numerous school records. O’Neill was also apart of a coaching staff that helped its student-athletes excel in the classroom as both the men’s and women’s teams were selected scholastic All-American on several occasions.
“I am thrilled I have been given the opportunity to take Hiram in a new direction,” said O’Neill. “I look forward to working with the swimmers and illustrate all that they can accomplish. Through strength, conditioning, and swimming activities, I believe the team will soar to new heights. While we will have growing pains along the way, I firmly believe we have a bright future ahead of us.”
In addition to coaching at Drew, O’Neill has vast coaching experience that includes a six-year stay with Somerset Hills YMCA where he served as head coach of the Senior II group. During the summers, he helped guide the Chester Riptides consisting of 130 swimmers to one of the top teams in their conference (2004-2007). Furthermore, he coached at the high school level with stops at Oratory (N.J.) Prep High School (2007-08) and Mountain (N.J.) Lakes High School (2003-04). While at Oratory Prep, O’Neill helped lead the team to its 13th-straight Mountain Valley Conference Championship and had two swimmers qualify for the High School Meet of Champions. As an assistant of the Mountain Lakes H.S. program, several of his swimmers competed in the High School Meet of Champions as well as the team finishing as Sectional State Champions in 2004 and placed second overall in the State Championship Meet that same year.
O’Neill is a 2002 graduate of Fordham (N.Y.) University and earned a degree in history with a minor in economics. He went on to obtain a Master’s degree while at Drew in 2011. Recently, he passed his Strength and Conditioning coaches test and is now a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS).
“We are excited to welcome Brian O’Neill as our next Head Men’s and Women’s Swimming Coach,” said Hiram Athletic Director Ellen Dempsey. “Brian has been well prepared to lead our men’s and women’s swim team. Brian brings a tremendous amount of knowledge about training and has an infectious energy and passion for the sport. We are pleased he has joined us.”