CONWAY, Ark. (HENDRIX) -- Jordan Neal has been named the offensive coordinator of the rebooted Hendrix College football program earlier this week. Neal will join the head coach Justin "Buck" Buchanan's staff immediately and help in recruiting and coaching the on-campus student-athletes in the spring.
"Coach Neal is great football coach and relationship builder," said Buchanan. "We are fortunate to get such a great, young, energetic coach that has coordinating experience as well as experience coaching each offensive position. I have been fortunate to have worked with Coach Neal for two years at our mission camps in Czech Republic where he served as offensive coordinator and quarterback coach. Coach Neal really impressed me with his ability to install, teach, and coach an offensive scheme and philosophy over a three-day camp to kids that barely speak English. He is the perfect fit for our school, community, and program.
Neal comes to Hendrix after a one-year stint as the offensive line coach for Texas Lutheran University in Seguin. In 2012, the Bulldogs set new school team records for passing yards (3,253), passing yards per game (325.3), total offense per game (480.9), total offense in a single game (616, vs. Sul Ross State on Oct. 13), touchdown passes in a game (9 vs. Sul Ross State) and touchdown passes in a season (29).
Prior to TLU, Neal was the offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach, strength and conditioning coordinator and academic coordinator at Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas from 2008-11. In 2009, the Yellow Jackets had the top-ranked passing offense in the American Southwest Conference and were fourth in NCAA Division III.
Neal had a successful playing career as a quarterback for Hardin-Simmons University in his hometown of Abilene, Texas. He was named the 2006 ASC Offensive Player of the Year and was a finalist for the 2006 Gagliardi Trophy, which honors the top Division III football player that exhibits excellence in athletics, academics and community service. He holds 16 single-season or career record at HSU, including the career passing yards record with 8,347. Neal was an All-ASC First Team selection on 2006 and was selected to the All-ASC Academic Team from 2003-06.
Neal graduated from HSU with a Bachelors of Behavior Science in December 2005 with a 3.45 grade point average.
After graduation, Neal played professionally in Malmo, Sweden with the Limhamn Griffins. He also coached the quarterback and receivers of the junior club. While there, the Griffins won the Swedish American Football Federation title and Neal was named the league's Import Player of the Year.
Neal graduated from Abilene Cooper High School in 2001, playing for Texas High School coaching legend Randy Allen, who is now the head coach at Highland Park High School.
"Jordan has been in some great programs and been around great mentors as a player and coach," said Buchanan. "He played for a legendary coach in high school and at a storied college program.
"He played under legendary head coach Jimmy Keeling along with his offensive coordinator and QB coach Alan Wartes. Both are great coaches and great men of character and integrity that restarted football and HSU built them into one of the best programs in the country.
"Jordan also coached with a great staff at TLU. They were in the cellar three years ago and took nationally-ranked Louisiana College in overtime this year. TLU head coach Danny Padron is another great man of character and integrity that I really respect for the work they have done rebuilding their program the right way.
"Jordan's coaching pedigree will impart a loft of these successful philosophies and schemes immediately into our program. Our goal is to build success with success and Coach Neal will be a cornerstone for our program."
Neal and the Warriors will take on Westminster College at Young-Wise Stadium on Sept. 7, 2013.