Mike O’Neill went to Houston, Texas last October and went through cancer treatments for throat cancer for six months.
In the summer, O’ Neill was given a clean bill of health and was pronounced cancer free and Collierville made the Class 6A playoffs losing to Whitehaven to finish the season at 5-6.
After seven years and a 40-38 overall record at Collierville including making seven trips to the Class 6A playoffs, O’Neill has resigned.
“I need to continue to heal from my cancer treatments and it was a tough decision but I feel like it’s the right decision at this time,” O’Neill said.
Despite the seven trips to the playoffs, the Dragons only made the second round one time in 2016 as they defeated Wilson Central 35-21 before losing to Cordova in the second round.
“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.
Collierville also lost to Whitehaven three times (2012, 2017 and 2018) in the first round.
Before coming to Collierville, O’Neill was an assistant coach at Christian Brothers for nine years (2001-09).
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