|Title:||Volunteer Assistant Coach|
|Previous College:||Maine Maritime '18|
Shelby O'Neil will return to the Maine Maritime Academy women's lacrosse staff for the 2020 season. The 2018 alumnae will roam the sideline for her second season.
"The game of lacrosse has made a significant impact on my life. Not only has it taught me a certain type of skill set that I can and will carry on and off the field, but also in my life as a professional mariner. A team is much like that of a crew on a vessel; a family that works and learns together to get the job done. The ability to pass along these skills and love of the game to the next generation of Mariners, is a true honor. I am confident the Mariners Women's Lacrosse program will make a positive impact on their lives, as it did for mine."
O'Neil, a native of Bar Harbor majored in Vessel Operations and Technology. She holds a 1600 GRT Mates license and 100 GRT Masters license. After graduating in May of 2018, she went on to work for the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company as a Mate and a Captain, operating their powerful jet powered catamarans. She has since moved on and has begun to expand her professional maritime career by working as a Mate on a tugboat doing ship assist and general barge transportation. Most recently, Shelby has taken on working as a Private Yacht Captain in the summertime.
"I couldn't be more pleased than to have Shelby back with us," said Head Coach, Steve Peed. "She has walked the path our athletes are walking and understands the challenges they face. As a person who came to the game during her college career and found immediate success, she is an excellent role model for our newcomers to the game."
A two-year member of the Mariners lacrosse team, O'Neil left her mark on the record books and earned 2018 All-North Atlantic Second Team accolades. The former midfielder is the single-game leader in points (8), goals (7), shots (13), draw controls (10), caused turnovers (6), and free-position goals (4), while also being the single-season leader in caused turnovers (22).