Jordan Neal 'comes home' as new McMurry football coach

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McMurry University's latest head football coach is no stranger to South 14th Street.

Jordan Neal grew up in Abilene, was a star quarterback at Cooper and then Hardin-Simmons, and he was sure to reflect on his foots during his introduction as the 23rd head football coach in program history on Monday afternoon.

"It feels amazing," said Neal on returning to his hometown. "Abilene is a special place ."

Once he graduated from HSU Neal played professionally for a spell in Sweden. He then became an assistant coach at Howard Payne, Texas Lutheran and, most recently, Hendrix College in Arkansas. His offenses broke NCAA Division III records and he helped establish a program at Hendrix that had long been dormant.

"I think all of those experiences have prepared me to be a football coach, and to take a program that has struggled a little bit," said Neal.

Neal inherits a McMurry team which is coming off consecutive 2-8 seasons, and has not had a winning season since 2012 when the university jumped up to Division II athletics.

"The initial opportunity to come home was one of the main reasons I was interested in this job to begin with," Neal said. "But the job itself, I'm pumped to be a War Hawk and to start building this program."

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