Director of Athletic Training
Mark O’Neal joined the Chicago Cubs in 2004 as Head Athletic Trainer, and he was promoted to his present role as Director of Medical Administration in October 2012. Prior to his career with the Cubs, Mark spent the During his career in the athletic training room, among Mark’s proudest moments was working the 2009 MLB All-Star game in St. Louis and being a part of the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs organization.
Over the span of his career in baseball, Mark has received numerous honors from both his peers and athletic training organizations. In 2008, Mark, alongside Cubs’ Assistant Athletic Trainer Ed Halbur, was part of the 2008 Major League Athletic Training Staff of the Year. In 2007, O’Neal was elected by fellow MLB athletic trainers as Secretary of the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainer’s Society. After serving his peers as Secretary, O’Neal was awarded one of the highest honors among PBATS members when he was unanimously elected President in 2013. Now serving in his third term as PBATS President, O’Neal has truly left his mark on the society in a huge way. Mark led the reinvigoration of the PBATS tobacco education program (ProTep), and worked to expand the PBATS reach into areas outside of the game of baseball as he helped develop the Ability Transcends Challenges program (ATC). This program is designed to educate the American public about disability inclusion in sports and in the workplace. Mark’s work on the ATC program has led to millions of Americans being made aware of the issue of disability inclusion. He has also forged partnerships with the National Down Syndrome Society and the Ruderman Family Foundation; two of the largest disability advocacy groups in the world. Mark also spearheaded PBATS’ efforts to build one of the largest scholarship annuities in NATA history from a single organization. A graduate of the University of Arkansas, Mark worked for the Razorbacks’ football and basketball teams during his time in school. Outside of baseball, Mark enjoys having his private pilot’s license and flying with his sons. Mark and his wife, Stefanie, reside in Chicago with their three children – Conner, Cade and Kyle.