Clarksville, Ark.--Justin Neese has been named Head Women's Soccer Coach at the University of the Ozarks, announced by Athletics Director Dave De Hart on Tuesday.
Neese, 24, was the assistant women’s soccer coach at University of Dallas in Irving, Texas, last season where he helped the Lady Crusaders reach the NCAA III national championship tournament for only the third time in school history. The Lady Crusaders finished with a mark of 10-7-1 and finished third in the independent league, with four players earning All-Independent team status and one player earning All-America. "I want to definitely sell the tight-knit type of atmosphere the campus has," said Neese. "I will emphasize that Ozarks is a good place with good people. There are professors, coaches and others who care about these kids and I believe that is a big selling point for this campus. I also want to emphasize that student-athletes here can receive a lot of individual attention." Neese served as the head girl’s coach of the 92 D’feeters club team in Farmer’s Branch, Texas, for one season in the Division II Lake Highlands Girl’s Classic League and guided them to a 15-5-2 record. He was the assistant coach of the 90 D’feeters team that won the Division I Region III premier league championship within the Lake Highlands Girl’s Classic League. "Academics are a priority at Ozarks," said Neese. "And I want to continue the academic success they’ve had as a team. These student-athletes are trying to be successful athletes within an academic environment." A native of Sugar Land, Texas, Neese graduated from University of Dallas in 2003 where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Philosophy and his Master of Arts in American Studies in 2004. "I like to play a disciplined, very sound defensive game," said Neese. "We will be possession oriented while being organized. We will work hard for the ball and fight for everything." Neese earned four letters on the men’s socccer team at University of Dallas. He holds a coaching license with the United States Soccer Federation. "I’m very excited about Justin," said De Hart. "I’m confident that Justin is the correct person to lead our women’s soccer program to the next level. He’s enthusiastic, organized and prepared. Additionally, he understands the University’s needs. This is an outstanding step forward for the women’s soccer program."