2011-12 Men's Basketball
Head Coach Guy Neal
Contact info for Coach Neal
Office phone: 419-358-3222
As head coach Guy Neal enters his 23nd season, the Bluffton University men's basketball
program continues to produce successful student-athletes, both on and off the court.
Neal instills a positive attitude and work ethic that is evident both on game nights
and in the classroom.
Neal had coaching experience at both the high school and collegiate level before coming
to Bluffton. He was an assistant coach at Baldwin-Wallace College from 1985 through
1989 before taking over the reigns of the Bluffton program in the fall of 1989. Before
his stint at B-W, Neal served as an assistant coach at Ashland High School and Van
Wert High School.
When Neal arrived at Bluffton University in the fall of 1989, he took over a program that had collected just four winning records in the school's previous 24 seasons. Neal equaled that number is his first nine seasons and has directed seven of Bluffton's top 11 teams in the 90 seasons of basketball in school history.
In 1991-92, Neal's third season at Bluffton, he guided Bluffton to the runner-up spot in the Association of Mideast Colleges and was named the AMC Coach of the Year. Bluffton's 16-10 record that season marked a plus-12 turnaround in wins from the previous season, a mark that drew national recognition as well. Neal took the Beavers back to the AMC championship game three seasons later in 1994-95. He was recognized by the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference as the Coach of the Year following the 2000-01 campaign when he guided Bluffton to a 16-9 record and a second place finish in the HCAC.
Following the Beavers' record-breaking 2006-07 campaign, Neal collected his second HCAC Coach of the Year award. For the third consecutive year, the Beavers reached the semi-finals of the Heartland Conference tournament. Bluffton was a perfect 12-0 in Founders Hall on its way to a tie for second place in the HCAC regular season. The Beavers' 18 wins equaled the most ever by a men's basketball team at Bluffton. In addition, Neal directed the HCAC Player of the Year for the second time in three seasons, as Mike Anthony took home the top individual honor in the conference. His 2008-09 seniors posted the most wins ever by a class of men's basketball players at Bluffton.
Neal is a graduate of Wellington High School, in Ohio, where he earned 10 varsity
letters in football, basketball and baseball from 1973 through 1977. He is the school's
third highest all-time scorer and was the first to score 1,000 points in a career.
Following high school, Neal played his freshman season at the University of North
Carolina-Charlotte before transferring to Bowling Green State University for the final
three seasons of his collegiate career.
Neal lives in Bluffton with his wife, Diane, who serves as an assistant professor of education at Bluffton University. 25-year-old daughter Erin served the graduate assistant volleyball coach at Bluffton University for the past two years, while 20-year-old son Tyler is a junior basketball player at Bluffton University.
Assistant Coach Cody Hartzler
Contact info for Coach Hartzler
Office phone: 419-358-3424
Cody Hartzler is entering his first season as the graduate assistant men's basketball coach at Bluffton University after a two-year stint as assistant coach at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. He worked closely with the perimeter players and guided the strength and conditioning and student manager programs. Hartzler also played a significant role in recruiting, practice implementation, individual skill development and opponent preparation. In addition to his basketball duties at Greensburg, he also served as Head Men's Tennis Coach.
Hartzler graduated from Kutztown University of PA in 2009 with a B.S. in Sport Management. He was a two-year team captain for the University track and field team and earned Division II All-American honors (High Jump) in 2008. Hartzler will be living in Bluffton and working on an M.B.A in Heath Care Management.
Assistant Coach Joe Braidic