Faculty: Mathematics, Social Studies, Soccer
Subjects, Activities, Responsibilities
PAP Algebra II, PAP Pre-Calculus, U.S. History (Concurrent Credit), Head Soccer Coach, FBLA Advisor
Bachelor of Science, United States Military Academy at West Point, NY
Master of Arts, Louisiana State University
Mr. Jeff O’Neal is no stranger to Subiaco. Both he and his wife Michelle grew up in nearby Caulksville, and Mr. O’Neal competed against Subiaco in high school sports. He recalls, “I always admired the tenacity and discipline exhibited by Subiaco’s athletes.” Mr. O’Neal and his wife also attended Christmas Midnight Mass at the Abbey if they were able to make it home for the holidays because they admired the beauty of the Abbey and Academy.
Mr. O’Neal recently retired (2015) as a Colonel in the US Army after a 25 year career with duty across the globe. His most recent assignment was in Hawaii. The O’Neals are very happy to be home near longtime friends and family. Mrs. O’Neal is also a teacher and teaches K-8 Art in the Paris public school system. They have three children: Beau, Jackson, and Rachel. Beau and Jackson attend the Academy, and Rachel attends Paris Middle School. After many years of being away, they are excited to be home and look forward to establishing their own roots in the community.
Part of Mr. O’Neal’s duties as an Army officer were teaching, coaching, and mentoring soldiers. He has also coached basketball and soccer youth sports teams. Mr. O’Neal related that he has always considered teaching as a second career upon retirement from the US Army to continue service as a role model, teacher, and mentor: “After my conversion to Catholicism and my experience with my own children in Catholic schools, I decided that I wanted to teach in Catholic schools to better serve Christ. Subiaco Academy is a unique, special place dedicated to developing young men and serving Christ, and I decided that this is where I wanted to be after service with the US Army.” Mr. O’Neal teaches PAP PreCalculus, PAP Algebra II, US History (Concurrent Credit), and is the head soccer coach.
Mr. O’Neal’s favorite author is Ernest Hemingway. His favorite music is classic rock but he finds himself listening to classic country music since he moved back to Arkansas. His favorite hobby is bass fishing, but he also enjoys hunting, hiking, camping, and spending time in the outdoors. He is also a sports enthusiast and closely follows college and NBA basketball, college football, the US National Soccer Team, and the Kansas City Royals.