[4], In addition to coaching at the high school level and spending a summer as an intern with the Miami Dolphins under Jimmy Johnson, McNeill has coached 23 seasons at the college level, including seven seasons at Appalachian State, his first job as defensive coordinator. The Pirates’ 10 wins in 2013 were the most by an ECU football team in 22 years. "Dave and I have verification of trust, which is a whole different thing. McNeill simply wants to be a "sounding board" for Doeren while helping other members of the coaching staff and the team in any way possible. "Not only is he one of my closest friends in the profession, but he’s been a mentor to me since I was 24 years old. There are no additional photos for Ernest McNeill Sr. at this time. McNeill most recently served as the assistant head coach at Oklahoma, where he led the defensive tackles and outside linebackers during his three seasons with the Sooners. They navigated flooded roads to make it out. He was predeceased by : his spouse Vyrling A. McNeill (Phelps); his parents, Robert McNeill and Rachel McNeill (Smith); his son Robert McNeill; his siblings, Mary Suhie (Michael), Bertha Balmer (Arthur), Florence Hilinski (Walter), Gladys Wolfram (Ernest) and George McNeill; his nephew Noel; and his siblings-in-law, Jasper and Irene Phelps. Ruffin Horne McNeill Jr. (born October 8, 1958) is an American football coach and former player who currently serves as the special assistant to the head coach at NC State University.He previously served as the assistant head coach and outside linebackers coach at the University of Oklahoma and the assistant head coach and defensive line coach at the University of Virginia. McNeill’s father, Ruffin McNeill Sr., is a former educator in the Public Schools of Robeson County. Virginia had a bye last weekend and practiced this week to play Pittsburgh on Saturday, all while McNeill had much more on his mind. I certainly owe him for helping shape me as a football coach, but I'll always be more appreciative of the impact he had on shaping me as a person. He left the program in January in order to return to North Carolina to help care for his elderly father. Can Cam Akers rush for 2,000 yards at Florida State this season? The church he and his wife, Erlene, got married in is under water. Noting McNeill’s positivity and honesty, Doeren said he looks forward to embracing McNeill’s guidance. All rights reserved. Digital access or digital and print delivery. As the football program declined, Compher was forced out in April 2018. Leave a sympathy message to the family on the memorial page of Ernest McNeill Sr. to pay them a last tribute. [6] Head coach Mike Leach named McNeill interim defensive coordinator shortly after with eight games remaining in the season. McNeill was named the assistant head coach and defensive tackles coach at the University of Oklahoma on June 14, 2017. 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Born in Caswell County on July 28, 1932, he was a son of the late D. Steve Poteat and Nettie Carroll Poteat. Staff writer Rodd Baxley can be reached at rbaxley@fayobserver.com. Copyright © 2020 Echovita Inc. All rights reserved. McNeill was a defensive back for the East Carolina Pirates for four years under then head coach Pat Dye. Having a former head coach on our staff who I can trust and have known for almost my entire career is a huge benefit for me personally, as well as for our entire program.". Please accept Echovita’s sincere condolences. Ruffin McNeill will resume his coaching career in North Carolina as a special assistant to N.C. State football coach Dave Doeren, the school announced Tuesday morning. © 2020 www.fayobserver.com. "This is not retirement for me,'' he said. McNeill began his tenure at Texas Tech in 2000 as a linebackers coach. October 12, 2020 [12], On January 21, 2010 it was announced that Ruffin McNeill would be named head football coach at his alma mater, East Carolina, replacing Skip Holtz, who had recently left for the head coaching job at the University of South Florida.[2]. Ruffin McNeill never imagined himself a river rat. That was major for me and I know it was for Dave.". He left the program in January in order to return to North Carolina to help care for his elderly father, Ruffin McNeill Sr., who is staying at a rehabilitation center in Lumberton. But beyond prayer, the McNeills feel helpless because there is little they can do right now for their hometown, and the family and friends stuck in limbo. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cape Abilities, 895 Mary Dunn Rd., Hyannis MA. He's as genuine as it gets. The 61-year-old McNeill stressed this isn't the end of his coaching career.

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