“We could not be more excited and proud to bring Coach Mike Neu and his family home to Ball State,” said President Paul W. Ferguson in the Press Release announcing the hire. "Coach Neu brings deep experience in college and professional football back to his alma mater. He is committed to elevating the student-athlete experience, catalyzing fan engagement, and developing a winning tradition in the highly competitive MAC.”
Neu, a member of the Cardinal Athletic Hall of Fame, played at Ball State from 1990-93 and was MAC Offensive POY in 1993. During his career at Ball State, he completed almost 60% of his career pass attempts, is third all-time in passing yardage, completions and attempts and ranks fourth in touchdown passes while playing in former Head Coach Paul Schudel’s run heavy offense.
Neu spent the 2014 & 15 seasons with the New Orleans Saints as QB Coach, working directly future NFL Hall of Famer Drew Brees.
”Mike is a tremendous coach, person and family man,” Brees was quoted in the release. “In a place like college football where it is as important to mold the lives of young men as it is to win football games, he is the perfect man for the job.”
Prior to his time as the Saints’ QB Coach, Neu spent two seasons at Tulane as QB coach helping Tulane to the 2013 R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl and a 7-6 record.
Neu’s most extensive head coaching experience came in the Arena Football League were he coached the New Orleans VooDoo (2003-08) and Carolina Cobras (2001-02). During his time in the AFL, Neu was named the 2003 AFL Coach of the Year for the then expansion VooDoo.