Taylor University 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.
In two seasons at the helm of the Taylor men's and women's track programs Neville has guided the Trojans to numerous school records and national championship appearances. Under Neville's leadership the TU men's track and field program has seen 24 athletes qualify for the NAIA indoor and outdoor national championships, breaking five school records, and earning nine NAIA All-American honors over the past two seasons.
Neville's women's track and field program has been even more successful, producing 42 NAIA indoor and outdoor national championship appearances, including eight NAIA All-Americans and breaking 12 school records.
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 enjoyed the unique opportunity to compete in a reality television series called "American Grit" which aired on NBC in the spring of 2016. Hosted by WWE Superstar John Cena, the show featured 16 elite athletes competing as teams for a prize of one million dollars. Neville made the show finale, ultimately finishing sixth.
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.
|Caleb Anthony||FR||Hurdles||Centerville, OH||Centerville HS|
|Joseph Beamish||JR||Distance||Dunedin, New Zealand||John McGlashan|
|Micah Bragg||SO||Distance||Xenia, OH||Dayton Christian|
|Benjamin Byrd||SO||Distance||Danville, IN||Covenant Christian|
|Stephen Cho||JR||Distance||Fishers, IN||Hamilton Southeastern|
|Kentwood Christie||SR||Sprints||Freeport, Bahamas||Grand Bahama Catholic|
|Collen Cramer||SO||Hurdles||Gas City, IN||Eastbrook|
|Harry Dantona||SR||Throws||Rockville Center, NY||South Side|
|Jonathan DeHaan||FR||Vault||Ada, MI||Rockford|
|Tanner Dye||SR||Distance||New Castle, IN||New Castle|
|Joey Ferguson||SO||Distance||Chanhassen, MN||Chanhassen|
|Nathan Fill||FR||Distance||Greenwood, IN||Center Grove|
|Jordan Florian||SR||Distance||Baroda, MI||Lakeshore|
|Matt Hall||SR||Distance||Crete, IL||Illiana Christian|
|Seth Harden||SO||Distance||Arlington Heights, IL||John Hersey|
|Cameron Hawkins||FR||Multi/Jumps||Columbia, MO||Battle|
|Garrett Henderson||FR||Distance||Greenwood, IN||Greenwood|
|Mitchell Herrington||SO||Throws||Brentwood, NH||Exeter|
|Tyler Koteskey||JR||Distance||Fort Wayne, IN||Homestead|
|Sam Lacher||SO||Sprints||Bremen, IN||Bremen|
|Heelak Lee||FR||Sprints||Seoul, Korea||Kyung Bou|
|Drew LeFever||FR||Throws||Berne, IN||South Adams|
|Connor Legge||FR||Distance||Midland, MI||Midland|
|Shauntis Lewis||FR||Distance||Fort Wayne, IN||Snider|
|Landry Long||FR||Distance||Whiteland, IN||Whiteland|
|David Meleski||FR||Sprints||Black Forest, CO||Lewis Palmer|
|Wes Noyes||JR||Distance||Wheaton, IL||Wheaton North / Biola|
|Reid Otto||FR||Distance||Carmel, IN||Carmel|
|Leslie Romer||SR||Sprints||Freeport, Bahamas||Grand Bahama Catholic|
|Joshua Russell Jr.||FR||Hurdles||Eight Mile Rock, Bahamas||Sunland Baptist|
|Aaron Scott||SR||Distance||West Liberty, OH||West Liberty-Salem|
|Kyle Shelton||JR||Distance||Channahon, IL||Minooka Community|
|Hunter Smith||FR||Distance||Greenwood, IN||Greenwood|
|Jonathan Taylor||JR||Distance||LaGrange, KY||Portland Christian|
|Coty Willis||SO||Sprints||Freeport, Bahamas||Grand Bahama Catholic|
|Luke Wilson||FR||Jumps||Warsaw, IN||Warsaw|
|Noah Zaleski||FR||Mutli/Jumps||Elyria, OH||Open Door Christian|