In his second year as an assistant coach for the Tulane cross country and track and field teams is Chris Neal. Neal works with the Green Wave's cross country and middle distance runners.
During the 2006 and 2007 seasons, the Tulane distance program saw much improvement. The 2007 cross country team won three meets, and placed in the top-10 in three others. The Green Wave took sixth at the Conference USA Championship, and gained its first ever top-10 finish at the NCAA South Central Region Championship, also the school's first time to bring a full squad to a regional meet.
The 2006 cross country team moved up six places in the Conference USA Championship meet from the previous season, and placed two of its team members in the top-50 at the regional meet. On the track, eight student-athletes moved up onto the top ten performances in school history. Highlighting the season was Aubrey Phillips who set two school records, and also scored in two events at the C-USA Outdoor Championship meet.
Neal came to Tulane from cross-town rival University of New Orleans, where he served as an assistant coach during the 2005-06 campaign. During his time with the Privateers, he coached the Sun Belt Conference cross country individual champion, four track and field individual champions and the team had 10 SBC all-conference performances. UNO's student-athletes broke two conference records and six school records, and one runner was an NCAA cross country all-regional finisher. Neal helped one runner to Louisiana Male Freshman of the Year honors, while the UNO program received the Louisiana Female Runner of the Year and Newcomer of the Year awards.
Prior to coaching at UNO, Neal spent one season as an assistant coach at Ball State University during the 2004-05 campaign, and served as a volunteer coach during the spring of 2004. While at BSU, he worked with an NCAA national cross country championship qualifier, an outdoor track and field championships qualifier and four conference champions. He coached seven Mid-American Conference individual champions and the runner-up cross country team.
Neal went to Ball State in the spring of 2004 as a volunteer coach and helped three runners to MAC Championship individual titles, and one runner was a junior national championships qualifier, while another runner qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship.
He lettered in cross country at Eastern Kentucky University, where he helped the Colonels to the Ohio Valley Conference cross country championship.
Neal earned his bachelor's of science degree in physical education from EKU in 2003, and earned his master's degree of arts in sports administration from Ball State University in 2005. He is also USATF Level II certified in both the endurance and jumping events.
Neal gained his first coaching job as an assistant cross country and track and field coach at Model Laboratory School during the 2002-03 campaign. He helped the school conference titles in both men's and women's track and field and cross country, and the women's track and field team also captured a regional title.