John O'Neill
John  O'Neill

Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Springfield '81

29th Season


John O'Neill Announces Team Captains For Swimming And Diving Programs

Maddie Snow and Liam Straker will serve as team captains for the women's and men's teams, respectively, in 2018-19.


Swimming And Diving Announce 2016-17 Award Winners

Swimming and Diving announce award winners at their 33rd annual banquet.


Swimming And Diving Programs Announce 2016-17 Captains

Katherine Ainley and Helen Smith will serve as co-captains for the women's program; Zachary Begnaud and Kurt Grunder will assume leadership roles for the men's program.


Swimming And Diving Teams Makes Waves In Fight Against Cancer

The Friars joined nine other college swim teams to raise over $156,000.


Margaret Howe Named Assistant Coach Of Swim Team

Howe recently served as head coach of the men's and women's swim team at St. Joseph's College.

John O'Neill begins his 28th year at Providence College as the head coach of the men's and women's swimming and diving programs. The 2016-17 season marks his eighth-consecutive season with the Friars, after serving five years as head coach at the United States Military Academy at West Point. O'Neill founded the Friars program in 1984-85 and spent 17 seasons leading the program through the 2000-2001 season.

As head coach of the Friars, O'Neill has presided over some of the most successful squads in the history of the program. In 1986, he coached PC's first BIG EAST individual champion, Horace Bowden. On the women's side, O'Neill coached five different BIG EAST Champions who have won a total of 12 different events at the BIG EAST Swimming & Diving Championships. O'Neill has received many coaching accolades, including men's New England Coach of the Year (1999), New England Women's Coach of the Year (1990, 1992, 1993) and BIG EAST Women's Coach of the Year (1998).

O'Neill was the head coach of the men's and women's swimming and diving programs at West Point from 2001-2006. O'Neill was named Patriot League Co-Coach of the Year in men's swimming and diving in 2004. During his tenure on Army's pool deck, he coached 15 swimmers who set Academy records, 32 All-Patriot League performers, 11 Patriot League Champions and 16 CSCAA Academic All-Americans.

O'Neill is a 1981 graduate of Springfield College where he swam for three seasons on the varsity squad. A past President of both the BIG EAST and New England Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving Associations, O'Neill was inducted into the Rhode Island Aquatic Hall of Fame in 1994. He currently serves as Vice President of the BIG EAST Swimming and Diving Coaches Association. O'Neill and his wife Cindy have three children, Shannon, 26, a graduate of Springfield College, Tom, 24, a graduate of Providence College, and Meghan, 18. The O'Neills reside in Cumberland, R.I.

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