The 2014-15 season marks Jamie McNeilly’s first season as an assistant coach with the Hokies. He worked the previous six seasons with the Marquette University men’s basketball program, the last three years as the Student Athlete Development Specialist. McNeilly spent the 2010-11 season as the team’s video coordinator. The previous two years at Marquette McNeilly was as a graduate manager where he earned his master’s degree in Leadership Studies in 2010. McNeilly was also an adjunct professor in the college of professional studies teaching classes for three years in Marquette’s Graduate Sports Leadership program.
McNeilly has spent numerous years coaching with the Canadian Men’s Basketball program as an assistant. The 2011 summer saw McNeilly help lead the Canadian Cadet Men’s Basketball team to a bronze medal at the FIBA Americas World Qualifying Championships held in Mexico. In 2012, McNeilly traveled to Brazil with the Canadian Junior Men’s National Team and helped guide the squad to a bronze medal finish at the FIBA Americas U18 Men’s Championship. The team posted a 4-1 record at the event and Canada earned a medal for the third straight appearance. McNeilly’s international coaching experience continued in 2013 at the U19 World Championships in Prague, Czech Republic. The team had a tournament record finish 6th place in the 16-team tournament. Some notable players McNeilly coached as a Canadian national team assistant include: Andrew Wiggins, Tyler Ennis & Trey Lyles.
McNeilly played his collegiate basketball at the University of New Orleans. He was a stand out player for the Privateers, earning Sun Belt All-Conference recognition as a junior and making the league’s academic honor roll following his senior year. McNeilly saw action under Coach Buzz Williams as a senior in 2006-07. In-conference under Coach Williams, McNeilly averaged 38.4 minutes, 16.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists per contest. After earning a bachelor’s degree from UNO in interdisciplinary studies in 2007, the Toronto native played professionally in Germany in 2007-08. He joined USC Heidelberg of the Pro A League, where he averaged 10.9 points, 3 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game. He earned three letters with the Privateers after one season at South Georgia Technical College (2003-04), where he was an All-Conference performer as well.
McNeilly owned international experience prior to his stint in Germany, having played for Team Canada in two consecutive World University Games (2005 Summer Universiade in Turkey & 2007 Universiade in Thailand). While representing Canada in 2007, McNeilly helped his team earn a bronze medal as a team captain.
McNeilly will soon be marrying his fiancé Shola Aladejebi on July 31st, 2014.