Deb O'Neal begins her second year as Missouri State's assistant director of athletics for business administration after joining the Bears' athletics staff in August 2012.
In her role, O'Neal is responsible for all phases of the business operation for the athletic department, which includes development and management of the annual budget and the supervision of daily business operations. She also serves as sport administrator for women's soccer and softball.
Prior to her appointment as assistant A.D., O'Neal spent the last three years as a financial aid counselor on the MSU campus in Springfield. In that capacity, she has worked with Director of Athletics Kyle Moats and the MSU Athletics staff monitoring student-athlete scholarships and grants, disbursing scholarship payments and stipends, and ensuring compliance with NCAA and Federal guidelines.
O'Neal earned her bachelor of science in accounting from Missouri State in 2007 after competing four years on the MSU swimming and diving squad under MSU Hall of Fame coach Jack Steck. She was the co-captain of the Bears' 2007 squad.
O'Neal went on to earn her master's of accountancy from MSU in 2008, while serving as a graduate assistant in the University's Office of Financial Aid. She spent eight months working for BKD, LLP in Springfield as a tax accountant before returning to the University in October 2009.
O'Neal is a native of Billings, Mo. She resides in Springfield and has three-year-old twins, Hattie and Drake.