Get Inside the Huddle with Quarterbacks Coach Mike Neu
New head coach Curtis Johnson discussed the Green Wave's preseason practice and outlook for 2012
Former New Orleans VooDoo head coach and New Orleans Saints area scout Mike Neu enters his second season as the quarterbacks coach for the Green Wave in 2012.
Neu's first season proved to be a difference-maker for senior quarterback Ryan Griffin and the Green Wave passing game. Griffin returned from an early season injury and emerged as one of the nation's top quarterbacks under Neu's tutelage. Griffin set several school single-game passing records, including a school-best 476 yards vs. Rice and a 466-yard, five-touchdown effort against UAB. While under Neu's watchful eye, Griffin completed 62.2 percent of his pass attempts for 2,771 yards and 20 touchdowns in nine games.
Griffin signed as free agent with the New Orleans Saints shortly after the 2013 NFL Draft concluded. TU's passing offense ranked fourth among Conference USA teams and Griffin ranked 22nd nationally in total offense.
Before Tulane, Neu, 42, spent three years as a college scout for the Saints and was part of the team's Super Bowl title in 2009. Neu was responsible for evaluating the players at schools located in the northeast region.
Prior to the Saints, he was the head coach of the Arena Football League's (AFL) New Orleans VooDoo from 2004-08, where he compiled a 33-31 record and earned 2004 AFL Coach of the Year honors. During his first season, Neu led the team to a franchise-best 11-5 record, a division title and a playoff berth.
Before that, Neu spent two years with the AFL's Carolina Cobras. He served as the offensive coordinator in 2001 and was promoted to head coach in 2002. During his stint as head coach, Neu led the team to a the quarterfinals of the AFL playoffs, including the team's first playoff win, and the team set franchise records in every major offensive category.
In 2000, Neu was the head coach and director of football operations for the Arena Football 2's Augusta Stallions and he led that organization to a conference title in 2000 with a 14-4 record. The Stallions finished in the top four of every major offensive and defensive category and Neu was named the AF2 Coach of the Year.
Neu began his coaching career with the AFL's Nashville Kats as the quarterbacks coach in 1998 and then served as the offensive coordinator in 1999.
A native of Indianapolis, Ind., Neu was a four-year starter at quarterback at Ball State University from 1989-93. He led the Cardinals to a Mid-American Conference championship in 1993, and was named the MAC MVP and Offensive Player of the Year that same season. During his final campaign, Neu guided Ball State to an appearance in the Las Vegas Bowl and was named the game's MVP.
Following his collegiate career, he spent three years in the professional ranks, including stops with the Calgary Stampeders (1995), the Orlando Predators (1996) and the Nashville Kats (1997).
Neu received his bachelor's degree in sports administration from Ball State in 1994 and served as a graduate assistant coach for the Cardinals during the 2004 season. He was inducted into the Ball State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2004.
Neu and his wife, Charmin, have a daughter: Graycen (12) and two sons: Carson (11) and Chase (3).