FAYETTEVILLE, NC – January 4, 2016 – Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) announced today that it has hired Mike Neal as the College’s Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. Neal will be introduced at a welcome reception on January 8, 2016, at the ESPN Radio Upper Deck bar and grille within the Crown Coliseum, at 5:30 p.m.
Neal will be responsible for establishing the men’s and women’s basketball and golf teams for the 2016-17 season. FTCC will initially play their basketball games at the Crown Coliseum, with golf being played at Stryker Golf Course.
Neal comes to FTCC from Central Carolina Community College (CCCC) serving as the Student Activities Director for 25 years and the Athletic Director for the past 12 years. He started the athletic program at CCCC beginning with recreation teams and turned them into a community college intercollegiate conference in eastern North Carolina. As part of the developing athletic program, Neal coached all of the teams at CCCC (basketball, volleyball, golf, and softball). Eventually CCCC was able to join the National Junior College Athletic Association. Currently, Neal is the Chair of the NCAA Division III Basketball Committee, noting that the region has grown in national reputation in recent years.
Additionally, Neal has been a part of several statewide and regional boards and currently serves as secretary of the Student Life Advisory Board for the NC Community College System Office. Last year he was inducted into the Senior Games of Lee County Hall of Fame, having served as Event Manager for 25 years. He has also been a high school official for baseball, softball, and volleyball during the past 13 years, serving as official scorer for the softball state championships for four years.
Neal received his Bachelor of Science (Recreation and Parks Administration) from Western Illinois University in 1986.
Neal and his wife, Tanya, have three children, Elissa, Jake, and Tyler. Tanya is a 4th grade teacher and a registered nurse. Neal has worked with Meshach’s Carpenters of Goldston, NC on disaster recovery projects in NC and on the Gulf Coast