McMurry hires former Cooper, HSU QB Jordan Neal as head football coach
Jordan Neal will return to his hometown of Abilene to become the 23rd head football coach in McMurry history, the school announced on Thursday.
Neal was a standout quarterback at Cooper, leading the Cougars to the state quarterfinals during his senior season and being named the AP Class 5A Player of the Year in 2000.
He then went on to break school records at Hardin-Simmons. Both his 80.4% completion percentage for the 2001 season, and 68.4% for his career still stand as school records.
Neal has been the offensive coordinator at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, since the football program was resurrected in 2012.
The Warriors' best season in that span was an 8-3 mark and an appearance in the Division III playoffs in 2015.
Hendrix's offense set a DIII record with an average of 600 yards per game in 2016, and scored 45 points per game.
Neal's most prolific quarterback was Seth Peters, who threw for more than 9,700 yards and 85 touchdowns in just 33 games from 2013-2016.
Prior to coaching at Hendrix, Neal was the offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach and strength and conditioning coordinator at Howard Payne from 2008-2011. He then was the offensive line coach at Texas Lutheran for the 2012 season.
Neal played in 43 total games at HSU, and passed for 8,347 passing yards and 72 touchdowns -- both second all-time in HSU history.
He was the 2006 American Southwest Conference Player of the Year and was named to the All-American 2nd Team.
Neal played professionally in Sweden after graduating from HSU and was named the Most Valuable Player of the Swedish American Football Federation.
Neal and his wife Amanda married in 2007, and have a daughter, Adriana.