Head Baseball Coach
Neale Richardson enters his sixth season as the Bobcat Baseball head coach.
Richardson’s 2019 Bobcat team posted a 28-33 record, slightly below their 30+ wins the prior three seasons. The Bobcats closed out the year strong, however, by making a good 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.
Richardson’s collegiate coaching record currently stands at 147-121. Each year of his tenure, Richardson has been adding strong recruits to his team, and this year is no exception. As a result, the 2020 Bobcats will look to post a strong record and qualify once again for post-season play.
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.