Baseball Head Coach
Neale Richardson enters his seventh season as the head coach of the Baseball Bobcats.
Richardson’s 2019 Bobcats closed out the season with a strong showing in the NCCAA Regionals to capture second place and qualify for a trip to the NCCAA World Series. The Bobcats proceeded to go 3-1 in 2019 World Series pool play and advanced to the semi-finals. With the 2020 season just underway, and winning two of their last three games in March, the Bobcats saw their promising campaign cut short by the COVID pandemic.
Richardson’s collegiate coaching record currently stands at 155-134. Each year of his tenure, Richardson has been adding strong recruits to his team, and this year is no exception. With 30+ wins three of the last four seasons, the Bobcats look to be a solid force on the diamond in 2021.
Richardson is well known in the Ozarks area, having served 19 years in the Forsyth R-III Public School system as a high school principal, assistant principal, physical education teacher, coach, and athletic director. Richardson’s on-field experience includes coaching high school baseball from 1996-2009 in Forsyth and 1985-1995 in Seymour, as well as playing at North Arkansas Community Technical College from 1980-1982. As a high school coach, Richardson compiled a successful overall record of 552-217-1 and was inducted into the Missouri High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2006.
Following his retirement from Forsyth Schools in June 2014, Richardson sought to pursue his dream of coaching college baseball and is honored to lead the Bobcats. He states, “I know College of the Ozarks well and the reputation of Hard Work U. I feel that I am a perfect fit for what College of the Ozarks represents. I have strong Christian values and believe that hard work and character are what define a person. I have based my entire career on these beliefs.”
Richardson holds a Masters degree in Educational Administration from Lindenwood University and a Bachelors and Masters degree in Education/Physical Education from Missouri State University.