Neale Named New KWU Baseball Coach
KSAL Sports - July 9, 2014 4:25 pm
Kansas Wesleyan University Director of Athletics Mike Hermann announces the hiring of Bill Neale as the University’s new baseball coach. Neale succeeds Mark Carvalho, who left the position in May.
“Bill emerged from an outstanding pool of candidates as the best choice to lead our baseball program forward,” Hermann said. “Most importantly, he’s a great teacher of the game and has a concern for the student-athlete experience. He also brings an enthusiasm for college baseball that is infectious. Most recently, he’s been the top assistant at a rising NCAA Division II program, plus he has head coaching experience in his background. I’m pleased to welcome Bill to the Kansas Wesleyan family.”
“I am extremely grateful to (KWU) President Matt Thompson and Director of Athletics Mike Hermann for giving me this opportunity,” Neale said. “I look forward to building a quality program here that everyone can take pride in.”
Neale spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach at NCAA Division II Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, Oklahoma, working for coach Ryan Bay. Neale coached the pitchers and catchers at Northwestern. In four seasons, Neale helped the Rangers drop their team ERA from 6.68 to 4.60.
“Kansas Wesleyan has had an outstanding tradition in the past and has prided itself on its successes not only on the field, but in the classroom, and that’s one thing that attracted me to KWU, and one thing we look to continuing,” Neale said. “KWU has done an exceptional job of bringing out the best in its student-athletes.”
Before coming to Northwestern, Neale was head coach at Bacone College in Muskogee, Oklahoma, leading the Warriors to a 24-27 record in one season. He also spent four years as an assistant coach at Bacone, three of those seasons with Ryan Bay, before becoming head coach.
“Bringing potential student-athletes to Salina and our campus is a huge advantage at our level,” Neale continued. “KWU and the Salina community are extremely welcoming to everyone.”
Neale was a three-time First Team All-Conference selection while playing four seasons at Bacone. During his career he caught a perfect game and caught Johnny Spencer’s NAIA record 25 strikeout performance in 2004.
The Collingwood, Ontario, Canada native played for the Ontario Blue Jays, an elite traveling team from Ontario, Canada. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Bacone College in Health and Physical Education and a Master of Science degree in Kinesiology from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.