Bill Neal enters his first season as the head women's tennis coach at DeSales University. Neal takes over for Al Senavitis who resigned from the position following the 2005 season.
Neal has been a fixture over the last five years at DeSales having graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education and a minor in special education. He also served as Coach Senavitis's assistant coach for the women in the fall of 2005 and as the assistant men's tennis coach in the spring of 2006.
Neal had a stellar playing career as a Bulldog posting a 25-27 career record in singles play including a 21-16 mark at the #2 singles position. He also totaled 22 career doubles victories, 19 at the #1 position. Neal was named to the All-Freedom Conference Second-Team twice and to the First-Team once (2005). He was a three-time MASCAC Spring All-Academic team member and was named the 2003 men's tennis team MVP. He also advanced to the semifinals of the MASCAC #2 singles tournament as a senior.
Neal also has a wealth of tennis experience outside of DeSales University. He graduated from Marian Catholic High School in 2001 and was the first player in the history of Marian to compete in the District XI championships where he advanced to the second round.
He has competed in Middle States Tournaments where he ranked among the top five for Boys' 18 Singles in Eastern PA in 2000 and moved up to the #1 ranked position in 2001.
Neal is a member of the ITA (Intercollegiate Tennis Association) and is a PTR (Professional Tennis Registry) Certified Instructor. Over the past eight years he has taught at various tennis camps, including the Van Der Meer Tennis Academy and the Ed Krass College Tennis Academy.
Neal, who resides in Bethlehem, PA, will be working as an instructional aide in the Southern Lehigh School District and is currently working part-time as a tennis instructor at Lehigh Country Club.