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Claflin University has chosen its next Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. Tony O'Neal will assume the role on July 1, 2020, succeeding Dr. Jerome Fitch, who announced his retirement after serving 11 years in the position.claf tony onealO'Neal

O'Neal has served at the senior administrative level of college athletics for more than two decades, including stints at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Savannah State University in Savannah, Ga.

"We are excited to have Tony join the Claflin Family," President Dwaun J. Warmack said. "He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our athletics program. I am confident he will sustain and enhance Claflin's proud legacy of success by our student-athletes in athletics and academics."

O'Neal spent 17 years in the athletics department at Bethune-Cookman University. For the past five years, he served as the senior associate athletic director of facilities and strategic initiatives. In between his time in Daytona Beach, O'Neal served as the director of athletics at Savannah State University, managing the University's 15 intercollegiate men's and women's athletic teams.

Currently, O'Neal serves as the NCAA Chair of the National Bowling Committee. He has spent years participating in NCAA leadership programs. He was selected for the NCAA Leadership Institute for Ethnic Minority Males in 2002, and he completed the NCAA Fellows Leadership Development Program in 2003. O'Neal also spent years interpreting NCAA bylaws for Bethune-Cookman's 17 sports.

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