Vince O’Neill moved to Ventura in 1966 with his family and, in 1970, became the first of five siblings to graduate from St. Bonaventure.
Vince maintained a 4.0 GPA, participated in student government and was a National Merit Semifinalist during his four years at SBHS. He participated in basketball and baseball all four years, including three years on the varsity team in each sport. His teammates included SBHS Hall of Famers Larry Montag, Jerry Stone, Mark Stephenson, Tom van Gundy and Kevin Kelly.
Vince credits his Dad, Vince Sr., and the late Gene Lepore, the first year basketball coach who arrived at St. Bonaventure in 1969, for big improvements in his game during his senior year. Vince was named co-captain and MVP of the team, and was a second-team All-Tri-Valley League basketball selection in 1969-70. He made the All-Tournament team at the Carpinteria Tournament. His offensive production that season included six games where he scored 20 points or more, highlighted by a (then) school record 28 points.
The pinnacle of Vince’s SBHS baseball career was the team’s 1970 CIF AA baseball championship, under the inspirational leadership of Coach Bill Little. That team excelled in all aspects of the game, and Vince contributed by batting .368 and playing errorless ball in right field, resulting in first-team All-Tri-Valley League recognition. Vince was named captain of that team.
Vince entered Loyola Marymount University in the fall of 1970, and graduated with honors four years later. He was a walk-on member of the baseball program and a teammate of Jerry Stone on a conference championship team in 1973. Vince became a starter his senior year, batting lead-off and completing the season with a .299 average. He received the Most Improved Player award that year.
Next came UCLA School of Law. Vince graduated and passed the California Bar Examination in 1977. He worked in the criminal division of the state Attorney General’s office for two years, then spent 13 years in the Ventura County District Attorney’s office, rising to the rank of Chief Deputy District Attorney. He was appointed to the Ventura County bench by Governor Pete Wilson in 1992, and was elected Presiding Judge of that court for the years 2011-12.
Vince is extremely proud of the accomplishments of his daughter Colleen and sons Dan and Casey (SBHS class of 2000), all of whom have graduate degrees and rewarding careers. Vince and his wife Christie, a court reporter, have been married for six years and live in Ventura.
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