O'Neil joins EIU Coaching Staff

Anne O'Neil, a 2005 All-American on the court and in the classroom at Iowa State, has joined the Eastern Illinois women's basketball staff as an assistant coach, head coach Brady Sallee announced Wednesday (August 10).

O'Neil was a three-year starter for the Cyclones and head coach Bill Fennelly. She posted a double-figure scoring average each season, capping her stellar career with a team-high 16.6 points per game while leading Iowa State to a 23-7 record and berth in the NCAA Tournament.

Following the season she was named an Honorable Mention All-America by the Associated Press and Women's Basketball Coaches Association as well as First Team All-Big 12 by the league coaches and newspapers based in Kansas City, Forth Worth and Austin. For her exemplary work in the classroom she received First Team Academic All-America honors.

When O'Neil was taken with the 30th overall pick by the Sacramento Monarchs in the WNBA's April draft, she became the second-highest pick in Iowa State history. With her impressive list of accomplishments and honors, it was no surprise that ISU Athletics named her 2005 Athlete of the Year.

"I talked to [Coach Fennelly] quite a bit about Anne jumping right in as a coach after her playing career and he gave her the best endorsement possible in saying he would hire her if he had an opening on his staff," Sallee said.

O'Neil shot just under 50 percent from 3-point land her senior year and participated in the ESPN 3-point Contest. She finished her career as ISU's all-time leader in free throw percentage (.831) while also ranking in the Top 10 in 3-point percentage, free throws made and attempted and assists.

With Eastern traveling to Ames the last two seasons, O'Neil has played against all six of EIU's returning letter-winners. She scored 15 points in both ISU wins and was named Cyclone Classic MVP at the 2004 tournament EIU participated in. During her senior year she also played against OVC foes Murray State and Eastern Kentucky.

 "She was obviously a great player and understands what it takes to succeed, so that's instant creditability" Sallee said. "Hopefully our players can tap into her knowledge. We're fortunate to have her at the beginning of her career."

O'Neil spent her freshman season at the University of Illinois, where she was a starter and earned First Team All-Freshman and Honorable Mention All-Big Ten recognition.

She earned a Bachelor's in Communications from Iowa State and is a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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