Brent McNeil enters his first season as the pitching coach for the Heartland Community College Baseball program.
McNeil comes to HCC from NJCAA Division-I Lake Land College in Mattoon, Illinois, where he served as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator during the Spring 2014 season. McNeil helped the Lakers to a 20-24 overall record, and a 15-12 Region 24 mark, which represented a major improvement from their previous season, and coached Mitchell Ley to an All-Great Rivers Athletic Conference award.
During the summer of 2014, McNeil worked as the pitching coach for the Danville Dans in the summer collegiate Prospect League. McNeil also coached at Hesston College (NJCAA D-II) in Kansas as their pitching coach and recruiting coordinator.
The Lafayette, Indiana native played college baseball at Lincoln Trail Community College in Robinson, Illinois before finishing his college career at Eastern Illinois University. At Lincoln Trail, McNeil was 9-4 with a 2.49 earned run average in 90.1 inning of work throughout his two year career. He also struck out 85 batters while only giving up 29 walks and allowing only 25 earned runs and 77 hits. In 2009, McNeil was honored as an All-Great Rivers Athletic Conference pitcher.
As a junior in at Eastern Illinois, McNeil had a team high of 24 appearances and set a school record for the most pick-offs in a season, which also ranked 5th in the nation, with nine runners picked off. During his senior season at EIU, with 53.2 innings pitched and only 13 earned runs allowed, McNeil finished inside the top 50 nationally and led the Ohio Valley Conference with a 2.18 ERA and was voted EIU’s Pitcher of the Year. McNeil also signed with the Traverse City Beach Bums of the Frontier League for the 2012 season.
McNeil played high school baseball at Lafayette Jefferson High School, where he was a two time all-conference player, team MVP & Pitcher of the Year in 2007, and set the school record for longest hitting streak at 16 games. He also played in the 2007 North/South Indiana All-Star game along with current MLB big leaguers Drew Storen & Jarrod Parker.
McNeil graduated from Eastern Illinois in the Spring of 2012 with his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and sports studies, and a minor in business administration.
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