Collierville High School head football coach Mike O’Neill announced

this morning he is stepping down from the position. O’Neill just completed his seventh season at the helm.

The Dragons finished the 2018 season 5-6, losing to Whitehaven in the first round of the playoffs.

During his tenure, the Dragons compiled a 40-38 record.

“Coach O’Neill has consistently emphasized character, integrity and loyalty during his tenure and we are truly thankful for his leadership,” Collierville High School principal Chip Blanchard said.

O’Neill was named the 2017 Region 7-6A Coach of the Year. He received the Mario Reed Courage Award and was named the 2018 Collierville Man of the Year.

Numerous players have moved on to play at the college and professional level, including Hunter Bradley of the Green Bay Packers.

“We are grateful for the work Coach O’Neill has done with our football program and for the positive impact he has made on his players and this community,” Collierville Schools athletic director Jeff Curtis said.

Prior to being named head football coach for the Dragons in 2012, O’Neill served as the defensive coordinator and strength coach from 2010-2011. He spent nine seasons as an assistant coach at Christian Brothers High School, including six as its defensive coordinator.

He will continue to teach business education courses at Collierville High School.

O'Neill missed the end of the 2017 season while battling throat cancer. He announced in June of this year that he was cancer free. 

Curtis said O'Neill cited personal reasons for his resignation.