By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Jordan Neal has been hired as the McMurry War Hawks head football coach. He replaces Lance Hinson, who resigned following the season.
Neal inherits a team that went 2-8 last season, including both wins in conference play. The team has had back-to-back 2-8 seasons.
Neal is the 23rd head coach in program history.
“We have found a gem in Jordan Neal,” Athletic Director Sam Ferguson said. “He is a dynamic leader with a plan to Develop Champions for Life, while building a football program that will make our University community proud. Coach Neal and his wife Amanda are beloved in this city. Their return will excite this community and enhance the McMurry brand. Coach Neal will lead us to many wins both on and off of the field.
“We are thrilled to add Jordan, Amanda, and daughter Adriana to the War Hawks Family.”
Neal was previously the Hendrix College Warriors Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator. He also was the Offensive Line Coach/Player Development Coordinator with the Texas Lutheran Bulldogs in 2012. He spent the 2008 through 2011 seasons as the Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach with the Howard Payne University Yellow Jackets.
He also served as a head coach of the Dream Bowl, an All-Star game in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
“The opportunity to come home to Abilene is a special one,” Neal said. “There is no place like home, and there is no place more special to me and my family than Abilene. I was born in Abilene, grew up here watching my older brother, Deric star in athletics at Cooper and HSU, and I also played at Cooper & HSU.
“But I spent a lot of time in my youth on the McMurry football field, running the bleachers at Wilford Moore Stadium, working out in the weight room on campus, and playing pick-up on the basketball courts of Kimbrell Arena. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for me to get to be a college head coach in my hometown, and I’m overwhelmed with the joy of getting to do it at McMurry University. I could not be more proud to represent McMurry Football as a lifelong Abilenian.”