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David Neville
Head Coach - 3rd Season
Alma Mater: Indiana University

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.

2016-17 Men's Track & Field Roster
#NameCl.Pos.Ht.Wt.EventsHometownPrevious School
Caleb AnthonyFR  HurdlesCenterville, OHCenterville HS
Joseph BeamishJR  DistanceDunedin, New ZealandJohn McGlashan
Micah BraggSO  DistanceXenia, OHDayton Christian
Benjamin ByrdSO  DistanceDanville, INCovenant Christian
Stephen ChoJR  DistanceFishers, INHamilton Southeastern
Kentwood ChristieSR  SprintsFreeport, BahamasGrand Bahama Catholic
Collen CramerSO  HurdlesGas City, INEastbrook
Harry DantonaSR  ThrowsRockville Center, NYSouth Side
Jonathan DeHaanFR  VaultAda, MIRockford
Tanner DyeSR  DistanceNew Castle, INNew Castle
Joey FergusonSO  DistanceChanhassen, MNChanhassen
Nathan FillFR  DistanceGreenwood, INCenter Grove
Jordan FlorianSR  DistanceBaroda, MILakeshore
Matt HallSR  DistanceCrete, ILIlliana Christian
Seth HardenSO  DistanceArlington Heights, ILJohn Hersey
Cameron HawkinsFR  Multi/JumpsColumbia, MOBattle
Garrett HendersonFR  DistanceGreenwood, INGreenwood
Mitchell HerringtonSO  ThrowsBrentwood, NHExeter
Tyler KoteskeyJR  DistanceFort Wayne, INHomestead
Sam LacherSO  SprintsBremen, INBremen
Heelak LeeFR  SprintsSeoul, KoreaKyung Bou
Drew LeFeverFR  ThrowsBerne, INSouth Adams
Connor LeggeFR  DistanceMidland, MIMidland
Shauntis LewisFR  DistanceFort Wayne, INSnider
Landry LongFR  DistanceWhiteland, INWhiteland
David MeleskiFR  SprintsBlack Forest, COLewis Palmer
Wes NoyesJR  DistanceWheaton, ILWheaton North / Biola
Reid OttoFR  DistanceCarmel, INCarmel
Leslie RomerSR  SprintsFreeport, BahamasGrand Bahama Catholic
Joshua Russell Jr.FR  HurdlesEight Mile Rock, BahamasSunland Baptist
Aaron ScottSR  DistanceWest Liberty, OHWest Liberty-Salem
Kyle SheltonJR  DistanceChannahon, ILMinooka Community
Hunter SmithFR  DistanceGreenwood, INGreenwood
Jonathan TaylorJR  DistanceLaGrange, KYPortland Christian
Coty WillisSO  SprintsFreeport, BahamasGrand Bahama Catholic
Luke WilsonFR  JumpsWarsaw, INWarsaw
Noah ZaleskiFR  Mutli/JumpsElyria, OHOpen Door Christian