Neale Richardson is entering his second year as Head Coach of Bobcat Baseball. Richardson holds a Masters degree in Educational Administration from Lindenwood University and a Bachelors and Masters degree in Education/Physical Education from Missouri State University.
Richardson led the 2015 Bobcat team to a 23-23 overall record and posted a 13-11 record in Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference play. Over the summer, Richardson added a number of strong recruits to his team, as well as a new assistant with a specialty in coaching pitchers, and they are looking forward to posting a winning record in 2016.
Richardson is well known in the Ozarks area, having served 19 years in the Forsyth R-III Public School system as a high school principal, assistant principal, physical education teacher, coach and athletic director. Richardson’s on-field experience includes coaching high school baseball from 1996-2009 in Forsyth and 1985-1995 in Seymour, as well as playing at North Arkansas Community Technical College from 1980-1982. As a high school coach, Richardson compiled a successful overall record of 552-217-1 and was inducted into the Missouri High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2006.
Following his retirement from Forsyth Schools in June 2014, Richardson sought to pursue his dream of coaching college baseball and is excited about leading the Bobcats. He states, “I know College of the Ozarks well and the reputation of Hard Work U. I feel that I am a perfect fit for what College of the Ozarks represents. I have strong Christian values and believe that hard work and character are what define a person. I have based my entire career on these beliefs.”
The College looks forward to a successful year ahead for the Bobcats under Richardson’s leadership.
Justin McMillin is in his first year as Assistant Baseball Coach at College of the Ozarks. Coach McMillin brings both high school and college experience to the position and looks to make a big impact on the Bobcats’ pitching staff. He has a long history with Head Coach Neale Richardson, having played for Richardson at Hillcrest High School in the late 1980’s.
Following a stellar prep career at Hillcrest High School, McMillin signed to play collegiately at then-Southwest Missouri State University. After his playing days, he began his coaching career at William Jewell College (1992-1998) as a pitching coach and recruiting coordinator under NAIA Hall of Fame coach Fred Flook.
Following a brief hiatus from coaching, McMillin went to the high school ranks at his alma mater Hillcrest High School (2000-2003) where he helped the Hillcrest summer team to a state championship in 2002. McMillin moved on to Nixa High School (2003-2012) and helped the Eagles to their first Central Ozark Conference championship, three district titles and a quarterfinal appearance in Class 5 in 2008.
Most recently, McMillin helped guide Logan-Rogersville High School (2013-2015) to three district titles and a pair of final fours. This past season, the Wildcats’ Jacob Schlesener was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 12th round, the eighth pitcher McMillin has coached to be drafted or signed by a Major League club.
As a varsity summer coach, McMillin has amassed a 334-174 record in 13 seasons. He and his wife, Heather, have two children, Cole (17) and Abby (11).