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January 27, 1971 |
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|The Citadel (asst.)
West Virginia (asst.)
|Accomplishments and honors|
OVC Tournament Championship (2007, 2014)
His eighth season as head coach at Eastern Kentucky was a remarkable one for Jeff Neubauer. The list of accomplishments for the 2012-13 Colonels is long. It begins with a school record 25 wins and includes the program’s first victory in a national postseason tournament game in 68 years. Along the way Neubauer became Eastern’s second winningest coach and the first coach in program history to lead his team to three 20-win seasons.
Neubauer’s 2012-13 team finished 25-10 and earned a spot in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT), EKU’s third postseason appearance in the last seven years. Eastern finished with three more wins than the previous program-best of 22. One of those was a 69-62 victory over Garner-Webb in the first round of the CIT, Eastern’s first postseason national tournament win since 1945.
The Colonels were picked to finish fifth in the six-team Ohio Valley Conference East Division, but entered the final day of the regular season with a chance to claim a share of the conference championship. EKU finished with the second best record in the OVC at 12-4.
At the end of the season, Neubauer was chosen as the 2013 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) District 19 Coach of the Year.
Eastern Kentucky started the season with nine straight wins - the program’s best start in 66 years. Neubauer’s Colonels were the last remaining unbeaten mid-major team and one of the final nine undefeated teams in the nation. EKU’s 9-game winning streak tied for the fifth longest in school history. In January, Eastern began conference play 4-0 for the first time since 1978-79.
The Colonels went 15-1 at home in 2012-13, tying the school mark for most home wins in a season. Eastern Kentucky also played well on the road. Neubauer led the team to a program record nine road wins.
Eastern’s 41 victories over the last two seasons are tied for the second-best two-year total in program history.
With 143 victories in eight seasons on the EKU bench, Neubauer now trails only Paul McBrayer on Eastern’s all-time wins list. Neubauer has won 56 percent (143-112) of his games as head coach. The Colonels are the second winningest team in the OVC over the last eight seasons.
In Neubauer’s second season at EKU, the Colonels went dancing in the 2007 NCAA tournament after defeating Austin Peay in the Ohio Valley Conference championship game, 63-62. The 2006-07 Eastern squad won the OVC title without a first team all-conference player on the roster.
Eastern Kentucky also advanced to postseason play in 2010 when the Colonels earned a spot in the College Basketball Invitational.
“We have been very fortunate here at EKU to attract and coach a group of outstanding young men,” Neubauer said. “We have been incredibly pleased with the way that our teams have competed and represented the University. It is our intention to continue to build on the unselfishness and consistency that we have continually encouraged here at EKU.”
In 2008-09, the Colonels were especially impressive against opponents from the Mid-American Conference (MAC) with victories over Ball State, Ohio and 2009 NCAA Tournament participant, Akron. Former EKU player Mike Rose led the nation in three-point shooting that year at 48.1 percent.
Under Neubauer’s guidance, the Colonels went on an amazing run at the end of 2006-07, winning 11 of 13 games to earn a spot in the NCAA tournament. During that stretch, EKU held the opposition to just 59.8 points per game.
In his first season as head coach, Neubauer and the 2005-06 Colonels qualified for the season-ending OVC tournament. Along the way, EKU tallied five conference road victories, the most by an Eastern squad in over 30 years. The Colonels nearly pulled off a dramatic upset over Big Ten opponent Wisconsin at the Paradise Jam Tournament in the U.S. Virgin Islands, but fell to the Badgers in double-overtime.
Neubauer has coached eight all-conference players, an OVC Co-Freshman of the Year, an OVC tournament MVP and the program’s top two all-time leading scorers in his eight years at Eastern Kentucky. His teams have not been afraid to shoot from behind the arc. Under Neubauer, the Colonels have led the OVC in 3-pointers per game four of the last five years and have been among the top-3 in the league every year.
Before arriving at Eastern Kentucky, Neubauer served three seasons as the top assistant at West Virginia under head coach John Beilein where he helped fuel the Mountaineers’ rapid rise to national prominence.
The rebuilding process at West Virginia culminated in the Mountaineers’ dramatic run through the 2005 NCAA Tournament. WVU earned triumphs over five top-20 programs in the regular season that year before reaching the Big East tournament’s championship game. Then, after upsetting second-seeded Wake Forest in double overtime in the NCAA tournament’s second round, the Mountaineers knocked off Bobby Knight’s Texas Tech team in the Sweet 16. The spirited march came to a halt when Louisville prevailed in overtime to complete a highly-contested Elite Eight battle. West Virginia finished 2004-05 ranked 12th in the country.
In 2003-04, West Virginia secured its first NIT victories since 1997 while also defeating a pair of nationally ranked opponents.
Neubauer followed Beilein to Morgantown, W.Va., in 2002 after the two enjoyed similar success together for five years at the University of Richmond, where the Spiders won 100 games. While at Richmond, Neubauer helped recruit and coach numerous all-conference players, a pair of league rookies of the year, a conference player of the year and a student-athlete of the year.
In Neubauer’s second season at Richmond, the Spiders qualified for the NCAA tournament and then proceeded to surprise SEC foe South Carolina in the opening round, 62-61. Richmond earned a winning record in five of the six years Neubauer was on staff while notching NIT victories in both 2001 and 2002.
“I’ve been doing this for 30 years and I’ve had a lot of assistants, and Jeff’s basketball IQ is just terrific,” Beilein said. “He understands the game and is not afraid to be innovative, but he also knows how important it is to be fundamentally sound.”
Prior to Richmond, Neubauer served three seasons as a graduate assistant coach at The Citadel, where he also earned an MBA degree.
A native of Slidell, La., Neubauer was an outstanding student-athlete at La Salle University in Philadelphia, where he played point guard under head coach William “Speedy” Morris. The Explorers went 30-2 and earned an NCAA tournament berth in Neubauer’s freshman season. La Salle accumulated two more postseason berths and an overall record of 83-36 during his four years on the squad. Neubauer, team captain as a senior, earned honorable mention GTE All-Academic accolades as a cum laude graduate in finance.
Head coaching record
|Eastern Kentucky (Ohio Valley Conference) (2005–Present)|
|2006–07||Eastern Kentucky||21–12||13–7||2nd||NCAA First Round|
|2009–10||Eastern Kentucky||20–13||11–7||3rd||CBI Tournament|
|2012–13||Eastern Kentucky||25-10||12-4||2nd East||CIT Tournament|
|2013–14||Eastern Kentucky||24-10||11-5||2nd East||NCAA Second Round|
|Eastern Kentucky:||167-122 (.580)||94–68 (.580)|
- "Jeff Neubauer". Sports Reference. Retrieved 12 October 2010.