[APRIL 17, 2019 | MENA, Ark.] The University of Arkansas Rich Mountain and Bucks Athletics is officially announcing the addition of softball to its athletic program. The program will launch in 2020 and leading this new NJCAA program as the head softball coach for the University of Arkansas Rich Mountain will be Coach Tracy Nealy from DeQueen.
“The announcements we are making this year are groundbreaking. We knew when we began the research to build an athletics program, we had to get it right. We had tremendous interest in this program creating position. Coach Nealy brings us a proven track record of significant achievement. He has the experience on the field, the passion for the sport and for coaching that we want our student athletes to experience. He is no stranger to championships or building softball programs from the ground up,” said Chancellor Dr. Phillip Wilson.
Coach Nealy has been coaching for 34 years, nine years at Horatio and 25 years at DeQueen High School where he started the school’s first competitive softball program. He holds one state championship in softball and six ‘Final Fours.’ In his last six years of coaching softball, his record speaks to his success, 78-5 conference record in conference in 7-4A & 5A South competition.
Nealy is eager to begin coaching on a new level, “I am very excited about getting to start a program at the collegiate level. This is something new for me personally and I am ready to get started.”
Vice Chancellor and Athletic Director Morris Boydstun is ecstatic to have a softball coach of Nealy’s caliber and character to build the program from the ground up. He is particularly appreciative of his love of teaching, “In all of our conversations with him, one thing that stands out is that he enjoys teaching the game of softball and working with young adults. He is a great fit to join UA Rich Mountain and Buck Athletics.”
“These are exciting times at UA Rich Mountain,” Dr. Wilson continued, “as we continue to roll out new programs in what we believe may be one of the most transformative times for this college… and, we’re not finished yet.”
Unwilling to share more at this time, Dr.Wilson simply said, “More details on the new softball program and Coach Nealy will be forthcoming, until then, please help us welcome Coach Nealy and his lovely wife, Patti.”