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David Neville
Head Coach - 1st Season

Taylor University and Athletic Director Dr. Angie Fincannon announced on Friday, May 23, that Olympic Gold Medalist David Neville had been named as the new head coach for the TU men’s and women’s track and field programs.
Neville retired from the professional circuit in March of 2014, wrapping up a tremendous running career that included winning gold and bronze medals for the United States in Beijing during the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Neville, a Merrillville, Indiana, native and Indiana University graduate, claimed gold and set an Olympic record in the 4x400-meter relay for the United States in the 2008 Olympics, while also notching a bronze medal by 0.04 seconds with a dive across the finish line in the 400-meter dash.
The Olympic medals highlighted an outstanding professional career for Neville, who also won the gold medal in the 400-meter dash at the 2008 Indoor USA Championships, took bronze in the same event at the 2008 Olympic Trials and also earned bronze at the 2006 USA Championships.
Prior to his standout career on the world stage, Neville claimed six Big Ten titles and was a five-time NCAA All-American on the track with Indiana from 2004 through 2006. Neville set Hoosier program records in the 200 and 400-meter dash, the 4x400-meter relay and the distance-medley relay, along with being named the 2004 Big Ten Freshman of the Year.
Despite bypassing his senior season at IU to sign a professional contract with Team Nike, Neville completed his undergraduate work and earned a degree in music education from Indiana in 2007.
While continuing his training in Los Angeles with fellow world-class sprinters, Neville has worked as a personal trainer and given individual lessons to area prep athletes. Neville also served as the worship pastor and director of young adult ministries at Santa Clarita Christian Fellowship Church.
Neville is a certified fitness trainer and a member of International Sports Sciences Association.
Neville is married to his wife, Arial, and the couple have a newborn daughter named Acaia.

2014-15 Men's Track & Field Roster
#NameCl.Pos.Ht.Wt.EventsHometownPrevious School
Joseph BeamishFR  DistanceDunedin, New ZealandJohn McGlashan
Stephen ChoFR  DistanceFishers, INHamilton Southeastern
Kentwood ChristieSO  SprintsFreeport, BahamasGrand Bahama Catholic
Noah ClaytonJR  HurdlesGreenwood, INCenter Grove
Eric CroftJR  SprintsGreenwood, INGreenwood
Aaron CrullJR  DistanceCarmel, INCarmel
Harry DantonaSO  ThrowsRockville Center, NYSouth Side
Tanner DyeSO  DistanceNew Castle, INNew Castle
Trayvon EsteyFR  Sprints/JumpsChicago, ILChicago Washington
Ethan EvansSR  DistanceMuncie, INMuncie South
Jordan FlorianSO  DistanceBaroda, MILakeshore
Matt HallSO  DistanceCrete, ILIlliana Christian
Kenny HigginsSR  ThrowsYorktown, INYorktown
Scott KingSR  DistanceYorkville, ILYorkville
Tyler KoteskeyFR  DistanceFort Wayne, INHomestead
Gage MinniearSR  Hurdles/JumpsPoneto, INSouthern Wells
Clayton OrenderJR  DistanceBedford, INBedford North Lawrence
Jared ReedSR  DistancePerkasie, PAPennridge
David RodmanJR  DistanceUpland, INEastbrook
Leslie RomerSO  SprintsFreeport, BahamasGrand Bahama Catholic
Andy RoweSO  ThrowsWalcott, INTri-County
Aaron ScottSO  DistanceWest Liberty, OHWest Liberty-Salem
Kyle SheltonFR  DistanceChannahon, ILMinooka Community
Sam SlySO  DistanceRichland, MIGull Lake
Nolan SponsellerFR  SprintsPlymouth, INTippecanoe Valley
Ben StuckeyJR  DistanceBucyrus, OHWynford
Jonathan TaylorFR  DistanceLaGrange, KYPortland Christian
Josh VahleJR  DistanceCarmel, INCarmel
Schalk Van NiekerkJR  DistanceGrand Haven, MIGrand Haven
Nathan WachtmannSO  DistanceRochester, INArchbold
Zach WarnerSR  DistanceCarmel, INPortage Central
Brandan WilchcombeSR  Sprints/HurdlesFreeport, BahamasGrand Bahamas Catholic
Timmric Woods*FR  SprintsMuncie, INMuncie Central
* Redshirt