PHSC Men's Basketball Program History

The PHSC men's basketball program was started by Bobby Bowman in 1991, who led the basketball program for 20 years. Coach Bowman ended his career with 334 career wins and was inducted into the FCSAA Hall of Fame in 2009.

In 1998, PHSC won its first FCCAA State Tournament and advanced to the NJCAA National Tournament in which the team finished in the elite 8. In 2010, the program switched to Division II status and appeared in the 2011 and 2012 regional tournaments for the first time. In the 2015-2016 season, the PHSC men's basketball team finished in the top eight at the Region 10 Tournament. 

Other highlights include:

  • Five State tournament appearances
  • Three Suncoast Conference Championships
  • Two Suncoast Conference Tournament Championships
  • Four-time 'Top 20' NJCAA ranking

The men's basketball program transferred more than 96 players to four-year colleges in conferences such as the SEC, Big 12 Conference, Conference USA, SoCon, MAC, MEAC, PBC, Sunshine State Conference, TSC, ASUN, and the GLVC. Additionally, many PHSC student athletes from the men's basketball program have gone on to play in professional basketball organizations such as the NBA Development League (NBADL) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).

Basketball Coaching Staff

  • Portrait of Nick O'Neill

    Nick O'Neill

    Head Coach

    Nick O’Neill was born and raised in California where he played two years of junior college basketball. He transferred to Belmont University in Nashville where he walked on and played one more year and received his B.S. He has been an elementary physical education teacher since 2003.

    Before joining the PHSC coaching staff in 2019, he was the JV and Varsity coach at Genesis Preparatory school in New Port Richey for 10 years. During that time, his teams won four conference championships and had three runner-up finishes. From 2015-2018, he was also the athletic director at the same school. O'Neill also officiated high school basketball for six years in the Tampa Bay Area.

  • Portrait of Tim Leaver

    Tim Leaver

    Assistant Basketball Coach

  • Portrait of Tom Clark

    Tom Clark

    Assistant Basketball Coach

  • Portrait of Dylan Burkhamer

    Dylan Burkhamer

    Team Manager