22 Mike Neal
22 Mike Neal
Title: Head Baseball Coach
Phone: (217) 854-5699
Email: michael.neal@blackburn.edu
Birth Date: Joliet, Illinois
Hometown: Bloomington, Illinois
Previous College: Illinois Wesleyan (1989)

The winningest coach in Blackburn College history in any sport, Mike Neal enters his seventeenth season as the head baseball coach.

Neal comes into the 2016 campaign with a strong history. In seven of his sixteen seasons at Blackburn, the Beavers have broke the 20-win mark.  Also, from 2001-2007 Blackburn had not finished lower than second in the SLIAC.

Success was seen even in Neal’s first season at Blackburn in 1999, when the Beavers tied the school record for victories. Since then, Neal’s teams have set three new records for wins.

Prior to his run at Blackburn, Neal served as head coach at Millikin University from 1992-97. He has also coached the Bloomington Bobcats for seven summers between 1991-99. In 1994, Neal served as coach of the Decatur Blues of the Central Illinois Collegiate League, one of the top collegiate summer leagues in the nation. Throughout his career many players of his have moved into the professional ranks.

In addition to his duties as baseball coach, Neal is the sports information director at Blackburn and an instructor of physical education.