Neale Richardson enters his tenth season as the head coach of the Baseball Bobcats.
In a banner year in 2023, the Bobcats are poised and ready for another solid campaign in 2024. The Bobcats returned to the NCCAA World Series Final Four in 2023, marking the second time reaching the semifinals in the past four years. Richardson’s 2023 Bobcats completed a 44-20 season, a new school record for wins in a season, and propelled the veteran coach past his 800th career win at the high school and collegiate levels. With a solid nucleus returning and post-season experience under their belts, the 2024 Bobcats look to continue their upward climb and once again, make a deep run into the post season.
Richardson’s collegiate coaching record currently stands at 248-199. Each year of his tenure, Richardson has been adding strong recruits to his team, and this year is no exception. With 30+ wins five of the last seven 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.