Ducks find new DB coach

eDuck Sports has learned that John Neal will be named as an assistant football coach for the University of Oregon. Neal spent eight years, as the secondary coach for the University of Alabama, Birmingham (UAB) after joining the UAB staff in 1995. Prior to his stint at UAB, Neal was an assistant coach at the University of Mississippi from 1992-94. <BR><BR>

Neal is a 1980 BYU graduate. He was a defensive back in college and was an All-Western Athletic Conference selection from BYU after his senior year.

During his tenure at UAB, Neal coached the top two tacklers in the UAB's history, Alan Willis and Izell Reese. During that same span, he also coached the UAB's first two NFL draft picks, Reese and Dainon Sidney (who played in Super Bolwl XXXIV with the Tennessee Titans), as well as 1999 All-America cornerback and NFL draft pick Rodregis Brooks.

Neal has been coaching for over 20 years and started his career off at BYU in the spring of 1980 as a graduate assistant. He also spent time as a graduate assistant at New Mexico (fall 1980) and was promoted to a full-time coaching position in 1981 through 1985. In 1986, Neal was the defensive coordinator at Eastern Tennessee.

Neal has additional West Coast ties as he coached at Oregon State (1987-89) and Pacific (1990-91.)

Neal and his wife Jan have three children, son Casey and daughters Christin and Caitlin.

Marty Martindale contibuted to this story

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