Patrick O'Neal was hired as Union's first-ever strength and conditioning coach in July of 2013.
A 2008 graduate of Union, O'Neal played four years for the Bulldog football team, earning first team all-conference honors as a linebacker three times. He recorded a then-school record 143 tackles during his senior season in 2007 and currently ranks second all-time with 390 career tackles. In addition to the on the field honors, O'Neal was twice named a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete and earned CoSIDA Academic All-America College Division first team honors in 2007.
After his playing days at Union were complete, O'Neal spent the 2008 season as an assistant coach for the Bulldogs before playing three seasons professionally in the German Football League. He spent two season with the Berlin Alder, helping them to the 2009 German Bowl championship and the 2010 European Bowl championship. O'Neal finished his playing career with the Dresden Monarchs.
In the fall of 2011, O'Neal was a strength and condition coach at the University of Tennessee, working primarily with the football team. In January of 2012, he became a strength and conditioning coach at the University of Cincinnati. O'Neal spent time working with the football, women's tennis, men's soccer, women's golf and the track teams for the Bearcats. He remained in Cincinnati until he left to returned to Union.
O'Neal is married to the former Mallory Lavoy. Mallory is a former member of the Lady Bulldog softball program.