Tim Neal

Tim Neal

June 9, 2022

Coaching Philosophy: Learn the game. Have fun.  ALL players can improve their skills and enjoy volleyball as a lifetime sport, whether competitively or recreationally.

Best Volleyball Moment: 1. Coaching a high school team that went 3-12. They were not good at the start of the season but they got much better – still losing, but by a lot less – by the end of the season.  2. Coaching two undefeated high school teams.  Each was good at the start of the season but they continued to get better throughout the season.

My Life in Sports: – When you are tall people think you can play basketball. I’m terrible at basketball. I discovered organized volleyball in college, playing intramurals. Played on two intramural championship teams. (It’s not the NCAAs but I’ll take what I can get.) I started coaching at the high school level in 1984 (Yes, I’m that old.) and have coached and/or officiated every year since.

When I’m not coaching volleyball… I read, spend time with my family, compete in duathlons, take long walks in the woods.

Favorite subject in school: Quantum Physics. No, not really. I’m a history teacher sooooooo yay HISTORY!

Last Book I Read: Easter Rising by Michael Patrick MacDonald

Favorite Movies: The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Grapes of Wrath, V for Vendetta

Favorite Quote: “Badges? We don’t need no stinking badges.” (I bet you were expecting something from a historical figure.) (from 1948 film The Treasure of the Sierra Madre)

Person I’d Like to Have Dinner With: My wife is my favorite person to have dinner with, but if you want someone historical I’ll take Nicola Tesla.

Something You Probably Don’t Know About Me: I was once an elected official in the great metropolis of Newport, Delaware.