Jason Neal, who spent the last three seasons as the recruiting coordinator at Morehead State University, will serve in the same capacity on the Youngstown State baseball staff under first-year head coach Steve Gillispie.
In addition to overseeing the recruiting efforts at YSU, Neal will coach the Penguins’ catchers and help with the development of camps and clinics.
“Jason was an extremely successful recruiter at Morehead State, and I saw personally how his contributions had an impact on the Ohio Valley Conference,” said Gillispie, who coached in the OVC at Jacksonville State the past 11 seasons. “He brought in all-conference caliber players and helped rebuild the program while he was there. The time he spent in professional baseball will bring another valuable experience that our players can draw from.”
Neal began with the Morehead State coaching staff as a volunteer assistant in 2007 and spent a total of six years with the program. He was promoted to full-time assistant and recruiting coordinator after the 2009 season. While with the Eagles, he was responsible for hitting, team offense, outfield defense and overseeing the position players. He also coached third base, oversaw game scheduling and was responsible for the program’s camps.
Neal signed two Louisville Slugger All-Americans, 17 Kentucky East/West All-Stars and 24 All-State players during his tenure at Morehead State. He signees include one pre-season and three post-season NCAA All-Americans, seven players who signed professional contracts and many Ohio Valley Conference All-Newcomer and All-OVC First and Second Team selections.
Prior to Morehead State, he served as a bullpen catcher for the Louisville Bats, the Triple-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, from 2004-06. He caught in-game and pre-game bullpens and assisted the field staff.
Neal earned a bachelor’s degree in business management in 2003 from Oakland City University in Indiana.