Michael O’Neill has supervised coaching staffs that produced 50 Division 1 Offensive linemen, 23 All-State players and 5 high school All-Americans. Coach Mike O’Neill has been honored as a member of the Leo Hall of Fame, the St. Laurence Hall of Fame, the Illinois Coaches Hall of Fame, and the Andrew High School Hall of Fame.
Mike was raised on the South Side of Chicago and attended St. Bede’s grammar school. He was a 2-year letterman on powerhouse Leo H.S football teams in 1965-66, attended Iowa State University from 1967-69 and then transferred to Western Illinois; where he was a two-year letterman in 1970-71.
O’Neill was the head football coach of the St. Laurence Vikings from 1978-85: winning 5 Chicago Catholic League championships, State Champion runner up in 1979 and Chicago City Champs in 1978.
He was the head football coach at Andrew H.S from 1986-2005. During his time at Andrew, Mike took a program that was lacking in success and developed it into one of the most respected and feared teams of the 90’s and early 00’s.
With his 130 wins, ranking him first all time in Andrew history, Coach O’Neill also captured 4 SICA West championships and 7 SICA Grey conference championships. He brought 11 Andrew teams into the playoffs, twice went undefeated in the regular season and had two IHSA State semi-final teams in class 6A and 8A respectively.
Coach O’Neill has won numerous awards during his coaching career, winning the Notre Dame Frank Leahy award in 1979 and University of Illinois Coach of the year award in 1985 and was honored with a COA coach’s award in 2010. Coach O’Neill has not only coached thousands of young men, he has influenced and impacted them in a positive way. He has 5 former players who are now head coaches in high school football, as well as 5 former assistants who are also head coaches. Mike O’Neill has mentored and influenced numerous players to become successful men and leaders.
Mike has been married to his wife, Sheila for 43 years: and they have three sons and 7 grandchildren.