Harry O'Neill knows the hard work and dedication it takes to coach a successful football program.

At Avon Grove, O'Neill will get his opportunity to bring that mentality to the Red Devils.

O'Neill was hired as the next head coach at Avon Grove High School, pending school board approval tonight.

He takes over for Doug Langley, who went 2-19 in his two seasons at the helm. Avon Grove has compiled a record of 7-34 over the past four seasons.

"I'm trying to grow the program and increase participation,' O'Neill said. "If we can play the right way, be fundamentally sound and compete every down whistle to whistle, we're going to be all right.'

O'Neill is determined to change the culture in West Grove after spending eight seasons as the defensive coordinator at Unionville.

During his time there, the Indians went 67-23 and qualified for the district playoffs six times.

O'Neill is off to a strong start in bringing that winning pedigree to Avon Grove. The Red Devils had just 59 players on their 2013 roster. O'Neill has 84 players signed up to play in 2014, including 60 from the ninth and tenth grades.

"I'm a people person and reached out to a lot of kids,' O'Neill said. "We're the 19th biggest school in the district. There's talent here (at Avon Grove).'

O'Neill doesn't expect the losing to continue for long at Avon Grove. He wants to build a winning program the right way.

"It's about how fast we can get the kids up to speed,' O'Neill said. "They are tired of losing and buying into the program. If we can concentrate and compete in the Ches-Mont National, the wins will come.'


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