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.
|Joseph Beamish||FR||Distance||Dunedin, New Zealand||John McGlashan|
|Stephen Cho||FR||Distance||Fishers, IN||Hamilton Southeastern|
|Kentwood Christie||SO||Sprints||Freeport, Bahamas||Grand Bahama Catholic|
|Noah Clayton||JR||Hurdles||Greenwood, IN||Center Grove|
|Eric Croft||JR||Sprints||Greenwood, IN||Greenwood|
|Aaron Crull||JR||Distance||Carmel, IN||Carmel|
|Harry Dantona||SO||Throws||Rockville Center, NY||South Side|
|Tanner Dye||SO||Distance||New Castle, IN||New Castle|
|Trayvon Estey||FR||Sprints/Jumps||Chicago, IL||Chicago Washington|
|Ethan Evans||SR||Distance||Muncie, IN||Muncie South|
|Jordan Florian||SO||Distance||Baroda, MI||Lakeshore|
|Matt Hall||SO||Distance||Crete, IL||Illiana Christian|
|Kenny Higgins||SR||Throws||Yorktown, IN||Yorktown|
|Scott King||SR||Distance||Yorkville, IL||Yorkville|
|Tyler Koteskey||FR||Distance||Fort Wayne, IN||Homestead|
|Gage Minniear||SR||Hurdles/Jumps||Poneto, IN||Southern Wells|
|Clayton Orender||JR||Distance||Bedford, IN||Bedford North Lawrence|
|Jared Reed||SR||Distance||Perkasie, PA||Pennridge|
|David Rodman||JR||Distance||Upland, IN||Eastbrook|
|Leslie Romer||SO||Sprints||Freeport, Bahamas||Grand Bahama Catholic|
|Andy Rowe||SO||Throws||Walcott, IN||Tri-County|
|Aaron Scott||SO||Distance||West Liberty, OH||West Liberty-Salem|
|Kyle Shelton||FR||Distance||Channahon, IL||Minooka Community|
|Sam Sly||SO||Distance||Richland, MI||Gull Lake|
|Nolan Sponseller||FR||Sprints||Plymouth, IN||Tippecanoe Valley|
|Ben Stuckey||JR||Distance||Bucyrus, OH||Wynford|
|Jonathan Taylor||FR||Distance||LaGrange, KY||Portland Christian|
|Josh Vahle||JR||Distance||Carmel, IN||Carmel|
|Schalk Van Niekerk||JR||Distance||Grand Haven, MI||Grand Haven|
|Nathan Wachtmann||SO||Distance||Rochester, IN||Archbold|
|Zach Warner||SR||Distance||Carmel, IN||Portage Central|
|Brandan Wilchcombe||SR||Sprints/Hurdles||Freeport, Bahamas||Grand Bahamas Catholic|
|Timmric Woods*||FR||Sprints||Muncie, IN||Muncie Central|