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David Neville
Head Coach - 2nd Season

Taylor University and Athletic Director Dr. Angie Fincannon announced on Friday, May 23, 2014, 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.

2015-16 Men's Track & Field Roster
#NameCl.Pos.Ht.Wt.EventsHometownPrevious School
Sam AlfordFR  DistanceCitrus County, FLLecanto
Timmric BarrettSO  SprintsMuncie, INMuncie Central
Joseph BeamishSO  DistanceDunedin, New ZealandJohn McGlashan
Micah BraggFR  DistanceXenia, OHDayton Christian
Benjamin ByrdFR  DistanceDanville, INCovenant Christian
Stephen ChoSO  DistanceFishers, INHamilton Southeastern
Kentwood ChristieJR  SprintsFreeport, BahamasGrand Bahama Catholic
Noah ClaytonSR  HurdlesGreenwood, INCenter Grove
Collen CramerFR  HurdlesGas City, INEastbrook
Aaron CrullSR  DistanceCarmel, INCarmel
Harry DantonaJR  ThrowsRockville Center, NYSouth Side
Tanner DyeJR  DistanceNew Castle, INNew Castle
Joey FergusonFR  DistanceChanhassen, MNChanhassen
Jordan FlorianJR  DistanceBaroda, MILakeshore
Austin GibsonFR  DistanceDyer, INIlliana Christian
Austin GoggansFR  Sprints/JumpsFort Wayne, INNorthrop
Matt HallJR  DistanceCrete, ILIlliana Christian
Seth HardenFR  DistanceArlington Heights, ILJohn Hersey
Josiah HensonFR  Sprints/JumpsSpencer, INOwen Valley
Mitchell HerringtonFR  ThrowsBrentwood, NHExeter
Tyler KoteskeySO  DistanceFort Wayne, INHomestead
Sam LacherFR  SprintsBremen, INBremen
Eddie MeyerFR  SprintsColumbus, INColumbus North
Clayton OrenderSR  DistanceBedford, INBedford North Lawrence
Dakota PrittFR  Sprints/JumpsNew Carlisle, OHTecumseh
Jared ReedSR  DistancePerkasie, PAPennridge
David RodmanSR  DistanceUpland, INEastbrook
Leslie RomerJR  SprintsFreeport, BahamasGrand Bahama Catholic
Aaron ScottJR  DistanceWest Liberty, OHWest Liberty-Salem
Kyle SheltonSO  DistanceChannahon, ILMinooka Community
Ben StuckeySR  DistanceBucyrus, OHWynford
Jonathan TaylorSO  DistanceLaGrange, KYPortland Christian
Andrew ThaxtonFR  SprintsIndianapolis, INMount Vernon
Bo ThomasFR  VaultCortland, NYWestminster Christian Academy
Josh VahleSR  DistanceCarmel, INCarmel
Schalk Van NiekerkSR  DistanceGrand Haven, MIGrand Haven
Nathan WachtmannJR  DistanceRochester, INArchbold
Brandan WilchcombeSR  Sprints/HurdlesFreeport, BahamasGrand Bahamas Catholic
Coty WillisFR  SprintsFreeport, BahamasGrand Bahama Catholic