Coach Neal's Legacy
Guy Neal, head men’s basketball coach, retired at the end of his 34th season as the
winningest coach in Bluffton athletics history. Over the last three decades, Neal
has coached the men’s basketball team to 392 wins and multiple conference tournaments
in both the Association of Mideast Colleges (AMC) and the Heartland Collegiate Athletic
Conference (HCAC). Neal was named the AMC Coach of the Year in just his third season
and HCAC Coach of the Year twice. He also coached three All-Americans and two HCAC
Players of the Year. Neal’s teams
earned top 25 team rankings twice.
“I want to thank my past and present colleagues in the Bluffton University athletic department who have been so supportive over the years,” said Neal, who also retired as a member of Bluffton’s health, fitness and sport science faculty at the end of the academic year.
“I also want to thank the many outstanding assistant coaches I have had the privilege
to work with and who have contributed in their own ways to the players and program.
A big thank you
goes to the long list of players who have worked so hard to develop our successful program and culture at Bluffton. Most importantly, I want to thank my wife, Diane, and children, Erin and Tyler, for their love and support for the 34 years of this journey!”
Bluffton’s athletic department hosted a public recognition for Neal’s accomplishments on Saturday, Feb. 4, following the men’s basketball game in Sommer Center.