Neal, who was named interim head coach by UNM
director Paul Krebs on Saturday, will be introduced as the Lobos'
new head man
at a press conference Wednesday afternoon at The Pit.
Neal, who also spent spent three seasons as an
Alford with the Iowa Hawkeyes followed by a stint over the past
six seasons at
New Mexico and has been widely regarded as a co-architect of the
in that time. Neal's contract is reportedly for five years at $750,000 plus incentives.
Neal was a finalist for the head coaching
openings with the
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and Colorado St. Rams last season
passed over for those jobs. The position at UNM is his first as a
Like Steve Alford, Neal was an All-State
performer in high
school in Indiana before playing his college ball at Georgia Tech.
drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers in 1988 in the third round
eight seasons total in the NBA, Continental Basketball Association
Europe. His pro career included stops with the Denver Nuggets and
Neal spent a season as the coach of the Fort
Wayne Fury of
the CBA before joining the Toronto Raptors organization in 1997.
served as a scout and later as an assistant coach under Lenny
He and his wife, Janet, have two sons, Cullen
Cullen Neal, currently a senior at Eldorado high School in
a Letter of Intent to play with the St. Mary's, Calif. Gaels