Ty Neal Named Assistant Baseball Coach
July 7, 2005
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Ty Neal, who helped develop three all-league selections this past season at Miami (Ohio) University, has been named assistant baseball coach at Indiana, head coach Tracy Smith announced Thursday. Neal will serve as the Hoosiers' pitching coach.
"This is a great opportunity, not only to be a part of Indiana University, but to be a part of the Big Ten. I think the future is very bright for IU baseball," said Neal. "Our goal is to win championships and get to the postseason, and I'm really looking forward to getting started."
Serving as the RedHawks' pitching coach last season, Neal guided Miami's staff to a 3.33 ERA, the 16th-best mark in the nation, as the team earned a trip to the NCAA tournament, matching a school record with 45 victories (45-18 overall). The team's top three starters compiled a 26-3 mark, including a sparkling 2.77 ERA with Keith Weiser earning a spot on the Mid-American Conference's (MAC) first team, while John Ely and Graham Taylor secured second team selections.
Additionally, Weiser garnered a slot as a first team All-Mideast member and was invited to participate at the USA Baseball National Team Trials. Ely was named to the Baseball America and the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America teams, and Matt Long was selected in the 34th round of the 2005 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the San Francisco Giants.
"Ty Neal has developed a reputation as one of the top pitching coaches in the Midwest," said Smith. "He is a young man with a bright future, and we are very fortunate to have him. He played under me and has coached with me, so we are very familiar with each other and what we need to do to run a successful program."
Prior to his stint at Miami, Neal spent the 2004 season at the University of Cincinnati and the previous three seasons at Southern Illinois University. He was a member of the coaching staff at Miami during the 2000 campaign when the RedHawks went 40-23 and advanced to the NCAA tournament.
At Southern Illinois, Neal helped guide the Salukis to a pair of 30-win seasons, the first time SIU accomplished that feat since 1990. He also helped the Salukis improve from eighth in the Missouri Valley Conference in 2001 to third in 2003 along with finishing runner-up in the MVC tournament.
During the summer of 2002, Neal served as pitching coach for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox of the Cape Cod Baseball League. During his coaching career, Neal has mentored eight pitchers who have been drafted in the first 10 rounds of the Major League Baseball Draft.
Neal wrapped up his playing career at Miami as a four-year letterwinner, earning 19 career victories. As a senior, he served as a team captain and was presented with the RedHawk Award. He also was named as an All-American by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Neal graduated from Miami in 1999 with a bachelor of science degree in health and sport studies and is working towards a master's degree in sport management from Southern Illinois.
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