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 ====== Kevin O'​Neill ====== ====== Kevin O'​Neill ======
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-Kevin O'​Neill coached at Marquette from 1989-1994. ​ At Marquette, O’Neill had an 86-62 record. He earned Great Midwest Conference Coach of the Year in 1993 and 1994 as his teams led the nation in defensive field goal percentage. His 1994 team was the Great Midwest Conference champion and reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament. 
  
-From 1994-97, O’Neill ​was head coach at Tennessee and within two seasons took a team that had won five games to the National Invitation TournamentO’Neill then coached at Northwestern for three seasons (leading ​the Wildcats to only the third postseason tournament appearance, ​the 1999 NIT) before starting his NBA coaching career+A native of Chateaugay in upstate New YorkKevin O’Neill ​- born January 24, 1957 - coached ​at Marquette from 1989-1994. ​ At Marquette, "​K.O." ​had an 86-62 record. He earned Great Midwest Conference Coach of the Year in 1993 and 1994 as his teams led the nation in defensive field goal percentageHis 1994 team was the Great Midwest Conference champion and reached ​the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament.
  
-O’Neill was an assistant coach to Carlisle for two seasons (2001-02, 2002-03) in Detroit as the Pistons posted back-to-back 50-win seasons and established themselves as one of the premier defensive teams in the NBA. Prior to the 2003-04 season, the two good friends went separate ways as Carlisle was named the head coach of the Pacers and O’Neill became coach of the Raptors. 
  
-Prior to joining Carlisle in Detroit, O’Neill was an assistant coach to Jeff Van Gundy with the New York Knicks.` 
  
  
-===== At Marquette ===== + 
-While the head coach at Marquette in 1994, O'​Neill'​s team set a then-NCAA record for field goal percentage defense. Opponents shot just .358 against O'​Neill'​s defense. ​+===== Marquette ​University===== 
 +{{men_s_basketball:​9192ko.jpg?​150 ​ }}While the head coach at Marquette in 1994, O'​Neill'​s team set a then-NCAA record for field goal percentage defense. Opponents shot just .358 against O'​Neill'​s defense. ​
  
 During the 1994 NCAA Tournament, the bracket appeared to be stacked against Marquette. During the 1994 NCAA Tournament, the bracket appeared to be stacked against Marquette.
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 Thanks to 16 second-half points from Hill, the Blue Devils dispatched Marquette 59-49. While he was pleased with his team’s performance,​ O'​Neill wasn’t happy with the result. Thanks to 16 second-half points from Hill, the Blue Devils dispatched Marquette 59-49. While he was pleased with his team’s performance,​ O'​Neill wasn’t happy with the result.
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 "We were disappointed,"​ O'​Neill said. "We thought we could win the national title. Nobody else did." ​ "We were disappointed,"​ O'​Neill said. "We thought we could win the national title. Nobody else did." ​
  
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 "Our group of seniors that year was my first recruiting class at Marquette,"​ O'​Neill said. "They all came in and went through a very tough 11-18 season where they were booed on their home court on several occasions."​ "Our group of seniors that year was my first recruiting class at Marquette,"​ O'​Neill said. "They all came in and went through a very tough 11-18 season where they were booed on their home court on several occasions."​
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 +=== In Five Seasons Kevin O'​Neill Recruited ===
 +  *Three All-Americans
 +  *Three Future NBA Players
 +  *Nine 1,000+ point scorers
 +  *Seven 500+ rebounders
 +  *Marquette'​s All-Time Leader in Blocked Shots
 +  *Marquette'​s All-Time Leader in Assists
 +  *Marquette'​s All-Time Leader in Field Goal Percentage (min. 500 att)
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 +===== Post-Marquette =====
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 +{{ men_s_basketball:​kevin_oneill.jpg?​200}}From 1994-97, O’Neill was head coach at Tennessee and within two seasons took a team that had won five games to the National Invitation Tournament. O’Neill then coached at Northwestern for three seasons (leading the Wildcats to only the third postseason tournament appearance, the 1999 NIT) before starting his NBA coaching career. ​
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 +For the 2000-01 NBA season, O’Neill named as an assistant coach to Jeff Van Gundy with the New York Knicks. He then became an assistant coach to Carlisle for two seasons (2001-02, 2002-03) in Detroit as the Pistons posted back-to-back 50-win seasons and established themselves as one of the premier defensive teams in the NBA. Prior to the 2003-04 season, the two good friends went separate ways as Carlisle was named the head coach of the Pacers and O’Neill became coach of the Raptors. After an unsuccessful season as the Raptors'​ head coach, he reunited with Carlisle in Indiana as an assistant coach for two seasons and then as a consultant for one season.
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 +When Lute Olsen took a leave of absence from Arizona, he tabbed O'​Neill (a former assistant under Olsen) to be the interim head coach for the 2007-08 season and his eventual successor to the Arizona program. But a 19-15 record and 7th place finish in the Pac-10 (Arizona'​s worst finish since 1983) irked Olsen and O'​Neill was removed and assigned to help fundraising efforts for the university.
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 +Despite the difficult season and demotion, O'​Neill found his way to the NBA as a Memphis Grizzlies assistant for the 2008-09 NBA season.
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 +===== Coaching History =====
 +1979-80: Central High (Hammond, N.Y.), head coach\\
 +1980-82: North Country C.C. (Saranac Lake, N.Y.), head coach\\
 +1982-83: Marycrest College (Davenport, Iowa), head coach\\
 +1983-85: Delaware, assistant coach\\
 +1985-86: Tulsa, assistant coach\\
 +1986-89: Arizona, assistant coach\\
 +1994-97: Tennessee, head coach (36-47, 43.4 percent)\\
 +1997-2000: Northwestern,​ head coach (30-56, 34.9 percent)\\
 +2000-01: New York Knicks, assistant coach\\
 +2001-03: Detroit Pistons, assistant coach\\
 +2003-04: Toronto Raptors, head coach (33-49, 40 percent)\\
 +2004-06: Indiana Pacers, assistant coach\\
 +2006-07: Indiana Pacers, consultant\\
 +2007-2008: Arizona, interim head coach (19-15, 55.9 percent)\\
 +2008: Memphis Grizzlies, assistant\\

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