Position: Head Coach
College:Worcester Junior College, 1971
Bob Neville enters his eighth season as the head coach of the Holy Cross softball team. During the 2004 campaign he guided the Crusaders to a fifth-place regular season finish after compiling a 12-28 record. Neville was selected as the 2001 Patriot League Coach of the Year, the second time he was recognized for the honor during his tenure. Under Neville the Crusaders have been in the playoffs six of the past seven seasons. In his first season as the Crusaders' head coach in 1998, he led the team to a 31-19-1 record, their best season of the decade, including their first-ever Patriot League regular season title and Patriot League Tournament title. Coach Neville's accomplishments did not go unnoticed by his peers as he was voted Patriot League Coach of the Year. Neville came to Holy Cross after serving a three-year stint as an assistant coach at Notre Dame Academy in Worcester, Mass., helping the Rebels to back-to-back state finals appearances in 1996 and 1997. He also has 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. In the past four seasons the Polar Crush won four regional titles, including one NSA New England Regional championship (2004) and three ASA New England Regional championships (2000-2003). In 2003 and 2002 the team finished ninth at the AFA Nationals. The Polar Crush also has 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. Neville and his wife Maureen reside in Worcester. They have three sons Christopher (30), Shawn (27) and Ryan (25).