Kevin O’Neill joined FIU in June of 2016, before becoming FIU’s head athletic trainer and Associate Athletic Director for Sports Medicine in May of 2018. He primarily works with FIU football, while overseeing a staff of eleven athletic trainers caring for all FIU student athletes.
O’Neill arrived at FIU after 19 years as the head athletic trainer for the Miami Dolphins as well as a brief stint as an athletic trainer for Broward Health Sports Medicine.
In February of 2019, the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society recognized O’Neill as one of the nation’s best in his respected field, after honoring him with its Distinguished Alumni Award for 2019. In addition to receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award from PFATS, the organization also named a scholarship in O’Neill’s name.
O’Neill joined the Dolphins on March 1, 1996, as head athletic trainer after serving seven seasons in a similar capacity with the Dallas Cowboys. Along with Troy Maurer, Noahisa Inoue and Jon Andino, O¹Neill was responsible for the day-to-day treatment of Dolphins players in coordination with the club¹s medical staff.
In 2013, O’Neill was named the recipient of the Tim Kerin Award for Excellence in Athletic Training. The award is given annually for outstanding service by an athletic trainer who the selection committee feels best exemplifies the values that Tim Kerin, the former head athletic trainer at University as Tennessee, had for service, integrity and dedication. The award is presented each year as a part of the NATA Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposia.
In 2006, O’Neill and his staff were recognized by their peers as the “Athletic Training Staff of the Year” by the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society. With the Cowboys, O’Neill was a part of three Super Bowl Championship teams. He was also a member of a National Championship club during his four years (1985-89) as head athletic trainer at the University of Miami.
O’Neill spent three years as the assistant athletic trainer at the University of Tennessee, four years as the head athletic trainer at Oregon State, and one year at the University of Central Florida prior to joining the University of Miami.
A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, O’Neill earned his master¹s degree in athletic training from the University of Arizona while serving as the athletic trainer for Catalina High School in Tucson, Arizona.
A Pittsburgh native, O’Neill and his wife, Anne, have two daughters, McKenzie and Kaitlyn, and live in Fort Lauderdale.