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October 24, 2013
Savannah State Mourns The Loss Of Former Coach
SAVANNAH, Ga.- Former Savannah State head football coach Daryl “Brick” McNeill passed away on October 19 at the age of 53 at the Cottingham Hospice House in Seneca, South Carolina.
McNeill had two coaching stints at Savannah State.
The Seneca, South Carolina native was hired by William “Bill” Davis to be the Tigers offensive coordinator in 1988 and he served as head coach of the Tigers for two seasons (1997-98).
In his first season as an assistant coach, SSU produced the 14th ranked scoring offense, the 8th ranked receiver and the 9th ranked passing efficiency quarterback in the nation in Division II. The offense averaged 351.5 yards a game and 30.3 points per game.
In the next four years, the Tigers posted a 30-13 record, averaged 422.7 yards per game, scored 35.3 points per game and appeared in the 1992 NCAA playoffs.
McNeill left Savannah State in the spring of 1993 to become offensive coordinator at Tennessee State.
McNeill was named head football coach at Johnson C. Smith in 1995 and after the 1996 season he returned to Savannah to take over the SSU program.
The 1997 SSU team went 3-8 but the 1998 team posted a 7-4 record, the last winning season of a SSU football team.
After the 1998 season, McNeill departed Savannah State to become offensive coordinator at his alma mater, South Carolina State.
While head coach at SSU, McNeill had seven players named to the All-Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) team and two were named SIAC Players of the Year.
McNeill also worked with the men's basketball team at SSU as well as the women's tennis team.
The wake will be held on October 24, 2013 from 6-8pm at Gilbert Funeral Parlor.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 25, 2013 at 1pm at Saint Mark United Methodist Church located at 616 Quincy Rd in Seneca, South Carolina. (864-882-2603).
Flowers for Coach McNeill can be purchased from:
Mrs. Patsy Pruitt
401 East Main St
Seneca, SC 29678
Funeral Arrangements are being handled by:
Gilbert Funeral Parlor
100 E South 1st Street
Seneca, SC 29678
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