WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross director of athletic facilties Bob Neville has announced his retirement, effective Sept. 30, 2013. Neville has been a member of the athletic department staff since the 1997-1998 school year, serving as the director of athletic facilities since 2011. He was previously the director of the Hart Center for six years (from 2005-2011), and the head coach of the Holy Cross softball team for eight seasons (from 1998-2005).
“Bob has done a tremendous job and has played a very important role in the reorganization and enhancement of athletic facilities and game operations,” said Holy Cross athletic director Richard M. Regan, Jr. “He will be sorely missed. I hope, and expect, that he will thoroughly enjoy his retirement.”
During his time as Holy Cross’ softball coach, Neville compiled an overall record of 129-219, while earning Patriot League Coach of the Year honors in 1998 and 2001. During the 1998 season, he led the Crusaders to an overall record of 31-19-1, with the team winning the Patriot League regular season and tournament titles. Overall, he guided Holy Cross to appearances in the Patriot League tournament during six of eight seasons as coach.
In addition to his duties with the Crusaders, Neville also worked as the hitting and catching coach for the Polar Crush, an under-18 softball team from Worcester, which placed third out of 160 teams at the NSA World Series in Juniper, Fla., in 1998 and fourth out of 146 teams in Columbus, Ohio, in 2000 and returned in 2001, finishing ninth out of 77 teams. From 2001-2004, the Polar Crush won four regional titles, including one NSA New England Regional championship (2004) and three ASA New England Regional championships (2001-2003). In 2003 and 2002 the team finished ninth at the AFA Nationals. The Polar Crush also represented New England at the NSA Gold Nationals in 1999, finishing 25th out of 64 teams.
Neville played two years of varsity baseball as a catcher at Worcester Junior College where he earned an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts in 1971. After graduation he played three years of semi-pro baseball for the Worcester Latins. Neville was a three-year varsity baseball standout at St. John’s High School where he earned All-Catholic League honors as a senior and was the team MVP for his American Legion club that same year.