Acquired: Named Linebackers Coach on Febrary 4, 2009.
An internationally successful coach, Ed O’Neil has almost 30 years of experience. He has served on teams at almost every level of competition, from the NFL to NFLE to the CFL. O’Neil spent the 2007 season as defensive coordinator for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats after spending the previous eight seasons in NFL Europa.
In Europe, O’Neil was no stranger to the big game. He coached in five World Bowls, winning two with the Frankfurt Galaxy in 1999 & 2006. O’Neil served as linebackers coach for the Galaxy from 1999–2000 and defensive coordinator from 2004-06. In 2006, O’Neil’s defence allowed the fewest points in the league (147) and the second-fewest net yards (1,728). Prior to joining Frankfurt the second time, he was the Defensive Line Coach/Special Teams Coordinator for the Rhein Fire, and reached the championship game in back-to-back seasons (2002, 2003).
O’Neil coached for 16 years in the U.S. college system. He spent three seasons as the defensive coordinator for the University of Buffalo. Prior to that, he spent 10 years as the special teams/tight ends/linebackers coach for Rutgers University (1984-1993). He also spent one year as linebackers coach for the University of Indiana (1983) and began his coaching career as linebackers coach for Eastern Michigan (1982).
O’Neil enjoyed a 7-year NFL career as a player, seeing action in over 100 games after being drafted 8th overall by the Detroit Lions in the 1974. He graduated from Penn State with a degree in Health and Physical Education. Currently, he and his wife, Nancy, reside in Pendleton, New York. His eldest son, Kevin O'Neil, played linebacker at Syracuse University and second son Keith, is a linebacker who was a member of the Indianapolis Colts’ 2006 championship squad. His son-in law, Drew Haddad, was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the 7th round of the 2000 NFL Draft and played for the Indianapolis Colts and San Diego Chargers after rewriting the record book for receiving as one of the Buffalo Bulls at the University at Buffalo.
Ed O’Neil’s Coaching History:
2007 Defensive Coordinator, Hamilton Tiger-Cats (CFL)
2004-06 Defensive Coordinator, Frankfurt Galaxy (NFLE)
2000-03 Defensive Line Coach/Special Teams Coordinator, Rhine Fire (NFLE)
1999-00 Linebackers Coach, Frankfurt Galaxy (NFLE)
1995-98 Defensive Coordinator, University of Buffalo
1994 Head Coach, Freehold Township High School
1991-93 Special Teams/ Tight Ends Coach, Rutgers University
1984-91 Linebackers Coach, Rutgers University
1983 Linebackers Coach, University of Indiana
1982 Linebackers Coach, Eastern Michigan University