College - McGill (Montreal)
Kevin O誰eill rejoins a Rick Carlisle staff after spending last season as the head coach of the Toronto Raptors.
O誰eill 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誰eill became coach of the Raptors.
Prior to joining Carlisle in Detroit, O誰eill was an assistant coach to Jeff Van Gundy with the New York Knicks. The 47-year-old (1/24/57) came to the NBA after 14 years as a college head coach with stops at North County Community College (Saranac, N.Y.), Marycrest College (Davenport, Iowa), Marquette, Tennessee and Northwestern.
At Marquette, O誰eill had an 86-62 record, 44-17 his last two seasons there. 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誰eill was head coach at Tennessee and within two seasons took a team that had won five games to the National Invitation Tournament. O誰eill 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 York, O誰eill attended McGill University in Montreal where he received a bachelor痴 degree in education in 1979. He was a three-year letterman for the Redmen basketball team, leading the squad to a 28-5 mark during his sophomore season. He also received his master痴 degree in secondary education from Marycrest College in 1983.
O誰eill has one son, Sean, and resides in upstate New York in the offseason.