Tom MacNeill was one of the most naturally-gifted athletes to graduate from Stoneham High School. He was a coach’s dream excelling in everysport he attempted. Tom accumulated ten varsity letters during his high school career, four in spring track, three in football, two in basketball, and one in winter track.
In the 1986 football season opener against Melrose, senior tailback MacNeill was the “work horse” for Stoneham as he gained 116 yards in 17 carries. In the game against Belmont, MacNeill ran for 181 yards on 14 carries, scored two touchdowns including a 71 yard run, and added a conversion. The following week MacNeill had one of his best games running for 119 yards in 14 carries for a 30-6 win. Frank Burns wrote “MacNeill is the best running back in the Middlesex
The Thanksgiving game against arch rival Reading proved to be the highlight of the year. MacNeill ran for 313 yards in 24 carries, scored two touchdowns, set up another, and also scored a two point conversion. One touchdown was an 85 yard run and the second a 10 yard run. For his Herculean effort in this game, Tom was awarded the Marty Jordan Trophy. During his career at
Stoneham High School, Tom set two school records: in football—rushing 313 yards per game and in track--third in state in the decathlon. Other achievements included: three Middlesex All Star Awards--two in spring track and
one in football; Senior Captain winter track and spring track; two Scholar Athlete Awards; and SHS Blanket Award (most coveted Athlete of the Year).
Upon graduation from Stoneham High School in 1987, Tom
continued his athletic career at Springfield College where he was ECAC Javelin Champion in 1991 and 1992 when he set a school record of 212’2” and was named NCAA All New England Collegiate Athlete in 1989, 1991, and 1992.
Tom graduated from Springfield College with a Bachelor’s Degree in sports biology and continued on to the National College of Chiropractic for his Doctorate. Currently Dr. MacNeill- Zimmerman is a Certified
Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP) who resides in Chicago with his wife, Mara and two children, Willa and Effie.