Baseball Head Coach
Neale Richardson enters his eighth season as the head coach of the Baseball Bobcats.
After an NCCAA semi-final appearance in 2019, and a very abbreviated season in 2020, Richardson’s 2021 Bobcats competed against multiple nationally ranked teams, from both the NAIA and NCCAA. Pulling off several upset wins along the way, the Bobcats closed out the season with a strong showing and another qualifying run to the NCCAA World Series. Falling just one win short of another semi-final appearance, Richardson’s Bobcats finished the season 16-23 and gained valuable experience building for the years ahead.
Richardson’s collegiate coaching record currently stands at 171-157. 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 five seasons, the Bobcats look to continue building success on the diamond.
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 Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Lindenwood University and a Bachelors and Master’s degree in Education/Physical Education from Missouri State University.