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TOM 'DOC' O'NEIL - PENN MUTUAL COACH OF THE MONTH

By National Collegiate Rugby, 07/13/21, 6:30PM EDT

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PENN MUTUAL COACH OF THE MONTH - TOM 'DOC' O'NEIL

Congratulations to Doc O'Neil, Head Coach of the Emory & Henry College Rugby Clubs, on his selection as the Penn Mutual Coach of the month.

Coach O'Neill is a full-time federal probation officer in Virginia. He balances his time between this work, his part-time work as the Head Rugby Coach as well as with his family.  Dylan Johnson, the school administrator who nominated Doc O'Neil says " I have seen the high amount of effort and commitment to the program that Doc has exerted and I could not be more proud to work alongside him."

Johnson also says "Since 2014, Coach O’Neill has worked diligently to build the E&H Rugby Program into what it is today- a tough, determined, skilled, tight-knit community that has seen tremendous growth and success. Coach O’Neill has worked tirelessly to recruit and train his players into competitive athletes. Coach O’Neill’s work does not end following a practice or match. Doc has worked with each player individually ensuring they make important, smart decisions in regards to their future and education while in college. This holistic approach to coaching has created a team that trusts and believes in one another and in Coach O’Neill. The Emory & Henry Rugby Team’s performance rivals top performing athletic programs at our institution and beyond. This past month of March, Coach O’Neill has been prepping his team for a very impromptu season which has proven to be difficult in it’s planning process. However, despite these hurdles, Coach O’Neill has continued to build a competitive program."

In an exhibition match in early March, Emory & Henry played visiting Radford University in a game of 15s and 10s. Not only did Emory & Henry win both matches, but the Radford University club that had multiple former Division 1 athletes, went out of their way to state how well coached the E&H team was and how well of a job Coach O’Neill had done in preparing them for the match and being great stewards of the game of Rugby.

Dylan Johnson closes his nomination with "Coach O’Neill has been relentless in his pursuit and advocacy for his program and the institution looks highly upon the Rugby Program as a result of his efforts. "

Past accolades for Coach O'Neill include the 2018 Cardinal Conference Coach of the Year.

Great job Coach O'Neil and Congratulations!