Leon O’Neil: Recreation and Youth Development Director of Coaching
Born in Blackburn England, Leon played for numerous youth teams in England, including Blackburn Rovers, Burnley, and Rochdale. During his time with Rochdale Academy, Leon was also fortunate enough to represent the state/county, at U18 and U19, along with making the U19 Great Britain college team. After finishing with Rochdale, Leon played semi-professional with Colne and Bamber Bridge, before heading to America on a soccer scholarship, were he played for Walsh University in the NAIA. While at Walsh, Leon was a 3 time all AMC selection, All Ohio selection, and a 2007 all Ohio All Star player. Leon completed his Undergraduate degree in Business communications, at Walsh. After graduation Leon went to work as an Assistant with the University of Akron, and also completed his Masters Degree in Physical Education. While at Akron Leon would spend the summer coaching and recruiting players for the Baton Rouge Capitals in the USL Professional Development League. In the summer of 2010 they won southern conference and went all way to national semi final.
Leon has been working at Henderson County Soccer Association the past 3 years, were he served at the Director of Coaching, overseeing the Recreational, Academy, Challenge and Classic programs, as well as working with North Carolina Youth Soccer Association with the ODP, and Educational Programs. Leon also met his wife Beth at Walsh, who is a Physical Therapist; they have a baby girl, Madelyn. Leon is also a big Liverpool fan.
Professional Club Experience:
Blackburn Rovers Football School Boys
Burnely Football Club School Boys
Rochdale Football Club
Accrington Stanley Football Club
Semi Professional Experience:
Bamber Bridge Football Club
Colne Football Club
4 Year Starter at Walsh University (NAIA D1)
Great Britain U19 College team.
USSF ‘A” license candidate June 2012
USSF ‘B’ license.
NSCAA Advanced National Diploma.
UEFA B Coaching license
FA Coaching Certificate
FA Youth Coaching License.
NCYSA Coaching Education Instructor & ODP
Henderson County Soccer Association Director of Coaching
Baton Rouge Capitals (USL) Assistant Coach/Recruitment Coordinator
University of Akron Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach
BA, Business Communications, Walsh University
MS, Physical Education, Akron University