Dash O’Neill enters his second year as the Head Coach of Georgia Highlands College’s baseball program after spending the last twelve years at NJCAA Powerhouse Chattahoochee Valley Community College. At Chattahoochee Valley, O’Neill helped guide the Pirates to 493 wins, three consecutive appearances in the Alpine Bank JUCO World Series, and the #1 ranking in the NJCAA in 2013, 2014, and 2016. In addition, Coach O’Neill’s offense rewrote the record books at Chattahoochee Valley, establishing new marks in literally every single offensive category.
Originally from Brooklyn, New York, O’Neill grew up in nearby Woodstock, Georgia and attended Sequoyah High School where he played the middle infield for coach Dave Audia. O’Neill was also a member of the Chiefs’ 1996 Georgia High School State Championship wrestling team led by legendary coaches Bob Eddy and Kevin Higgins. After high school, O’Neill continued his baseball career as a catcher and pitcher and Andrew College for two years before transferring to Columbus State University to complete his eligibility. During his time at CSU, the Cougars enjoyed incredible success, making two trips to the NCAA DII College World Series, winning the National Championship in 2002.
When O’Neill’s playing career came to an end, Chattahoochee Valley Community College head coach Adam Thomas offered him a job as a volunteer assistant coach for the Pirates. O’Neill would work primarily with catchers during the 2004-2005 season at Chatt Valley, but after just one year he was promoted to lead assistant. In 2006-2007 O’Neill was named hitting instructor and infield coach for the Pirates, kicking off a decade of offensive dominance for Chatt Valley in the ACCC.
In his first year directing the offense, the Pirates established new program records for run scored, hits, runs batted in, total bases, walks, and triples. In the years to follow, O’Neill’s offense would rewrite the Chatt Valley record book several times over again. All told, O’Neill’s offense owns program records in at bats (1939 in ’16), hits (680 in ’15), doubles (146 in ’15), triples (24 in ’07), home runs (69 in ’16), RBIs (485 in ’16), batting average (.364 in ’15), on base percentage (.456 in ’10), slugging percentage (.531 in ’10), total bases (983 in ’16), walks (314 in ’11), and hit by pitches (113 in ’16).
In addition, coach O’Neill helped lead the Pirates to 12 consecutive Region 22 tournaments and produce 66 All-Conference players, 39 All-Region performers, 7 All-Americans, and 2 ACCC Player of the Year winners. During his tenure, the Pirates averaged over 41 wins per season, claimed the top spot in the NJCAA rankings on four occasions, and set program records for wins in 2007 (41), 2010 (42), 2014 (48), and 2016 (52).
O’Neill is a graduate of Troy University with a B.S. in Psychology and an M.S. in Sport Management. He is also completing the requirements for a B.S. in Professional Counseling at Grand Canyon University. O’Neill is married to the former Jenny McCrimmon of Columbus, GA, and the couple have three sons Jackson (8), Jimmy (2), and Declan (9 months).
Rob Payne is entering his second year as an Assistant Coach at Georgia Highlands. Rob is a 2014 graduate from Georgia Gwinnet College with a Bachelors in Business Administration. Rob is originally from Marietta, GA and is a graduate from Kennesaw Mountain High School.
Rob started his collegiate playing career and education at Gordon State College, located in Barnesville, GA. After two years he transferred from Georgia College and State University to further his collegiate playing career and education. Due to continuous injuries, he decided to take a year off of playing baseball all together and focus on getting healthy and his academics. He then transferred to Georgia Gwinnett College, located in Lawerenceville, GA. While at GGC, he helped lead his team to an NAIA World Series appearance in 2014.
Brock Moss is entering his second season as Pitching Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Georgia Highlands College. Brock is a 2013 graduate from Sterling College with a Bachelors of Science in Sports Management and a minor in Exercise Science; he is also a 2015 graduate of Greenville College with a Masters of Arts in Education-Coaching.
Brock is originally from New Iberia, LA and is a graduate of Montgomery High School (TX). He started his collegiate playing career and education at Morton College, a junior college located in Cicero, Illinois and after there he transferred to Sterling College located in Sterling, Kansas. While at Sterling College he helped lead his team to an NAIA World Series appearance in 2013 with 48 wins and 14 losses while being named a NAIA scholar athlete. While at Morton College and Sterling College he was a two-way splitting time in the outfield and on the mound pitching.
Coach Moss previously coached at Andrew College. Brock helped lead the Tigers staff to Top 5 GCAA finishes each season in numerous categories and a staff that had an inherited ERA of 7.55 down to 4.72 in two seasons. 13 of his former pitchers have moved on to four-year institutions to continue pitching. He had two pitchers earn NJCAA National Pitcher of the Week. The Tiger staff had two pitchers finish in the Top 10 in the GCAA in ERA in 2016; each season saw a Tiger pitcher finish Top 5 in Saves.
Brock was the head coach of the Little River Blue Crabs of the Carolina Shores Collegiate League in the summer of 2016, located in Myrtle Beach, SC. He led the Blue Crabs to a CSCBL Regular Season Title, a .750 winning percentage, and a World Series Runner-Up finish in the CSCBL playoffs. 9 Blue Crabs earned CSCBL All-Star Selections and Brock was also selected to be head coach for the All-Star team in the CSCBL All-Star game.
Brock is married to the former Breanna Bush, from Blakely, Georgia.