By Betsy Dolan
Philip O’Neal who has more than 25 years experience in education and athletics has been hired as the new Athletic Director for Fort Bend ISD. O’Neal, who was approved at the Board of Trustees meeting on February 13, is replacing Keith Kilgore who retired at the end of January.
“I look forward to the opportunity to build upon the amazing academic and athletic successes attained by the student athletes and coaches of the Fort Bend ISD under Keith Kilgore’s leadership,” said Philip O’Neal.
For the past three years, O’Neal has been the Executive Director of Athletics at Weather-ford Independent School District. Before that, he was an athletic director and assistant athletic director at Weatherford ISD for more than 9 years. O’Neal has also served as a head basketball coach and business and physical education teacher at Weatherford and Copperas Cove High Schools. He was an assistant coach and math teacher at Temple High School and Red Oak High School.
He began his career as a Men’s Basketball Student Assistant Coach at Wayland Baptist University, where he played Men’s Basketball from 1983 to 1986.
“Mr. O’Neal is a great addition to the FBISD family. We are confident he will continue our rich tradition of success at the regional and state levels while supporting high academic standards and meeting the needs of all student athletes,” said Michael McKie, Assistant Superintendent.
O’Neal holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education from Wayland Baptist University, and a Master of Education degree in Educational Administration from Tarleton State University. O’Neal has been married to his wife Jamie for 25 years, and they have one son Stewart who is a senior Energy Commerce Major at Texas Tech University.