May 12, 2005
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville University has hired former Georgia Tech guard Winston Neal as an assistant coach to complete its men's basketball staff, head coach Cliff Warren announced today. Neal, who spent last season as an administrative assistant at the University of Southern California, joins Jon Babul (BAY-bul) and William Faulkner on the Dolphins' new coaching staff.
"I am thrilled with the staff we have assembled," said Warren, who spent 11 years as an assistant coach before being named the Dolphins' 15th head basketball coach on April 20. "It is young, energetic and enthusiastic. We want the positive energy of our staff to rub off on the student-athletes, the JU campus and the entire Jacksonville community. Hopefully, our enthusiasm will be infectious and help create a positive experience."
Neal joins the JU staff after one season at USC, where his responsibilities included team travel, summer camps, monitoring team academics and community outreach. Prior to joining the Trojans' staff, Neal spent two seasons as a graduate assistant coach at Loyola Marymount. At LMU, his main responsibilities included film exchange, film editing and breakdown and the scouting of opponents' game film. He also oversaw student managers, player and team travel, equipment, practice preparation, game set-up and breakdown and managed all bench activities for players and coaches during games.
"Winston is extremely intelligent and creative," said Warren. "His creative ideas and fresh thinking will be an important part of our development process."
Neal played a part in planning and implementing pre and post-season conditioning, player development and game preparation for the Lions. He also assisted in planning, coordinating and conducting recruiting visits to the LMU campus. Among the players he coached at Loyola Marymount were 2003 West Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year, Sherman Gay, guard Charles Brown, who led the WCC in steals in 2003 and 2004, and forward Brandon Worthy, a 2003 WCC honorable mention All-WCC performer.
As a four-year letterwinner in basketball at Georgia Tech from 1999-2002, Neal earned a reputation as a hard-working student-athlete. He was named team co-captain for his senior season in 2002 and earned Georgia Tech basketball's Iron Athlete Award in 1999, 2000 and 2001. Neal was also an ACC Academic Honor Roll selection in 2000 and 2001 and capped his four-year career by earning the team's Mr. Hustle Award.
The Greenville, Ga., native joined the Tech program as a walk-on for the 1998-99 season after spending his freshman year (1997-98) as a student manager. He finished his career playing in 24 games for Georgia Tech, while making one start as a senior in 2002. Neal earned his Bachelor of Science degree in management from Georgia Tech in 2002 and a Master's of Business Administration from Loyola Marymount in 2004.
Head basketball coach Cliff Warren completed his staff with the hiring of former Georgia Tech guard Winston Neal.