April 20, 2005
WORCESTER, Mass. - Bob Neville has been named the new Director of the Hart Center for the Holy Cross Athletic Department, it was announced by Richard M. Regan, Jr., Director of Athletics. Neville, who has served as the Crusaders' head softball coach for the last eight seasons, will retire from his coaching duties following the completion of the 2005 campaign, and will begin at the Hart Center on July 1. The search for a new head softball coach will begin immediately.
"I am looking forward to a new challenge, and am excited about the opportunities I will have in the Holy Cross community as Director of the Hart Center," said Neville. "I will miss coaching, but feel that it is time for me to move on in a new direction."
During his time as Holy Cross' softball coach, Neville has compiled an overall record of 129-214, while earning Patriot League Coach of the Year honors in 1998 and 2001. During the 1998 season, he led the Crusaders to an overall record of 31-19-1, with the team winning the Patriot League regular season and tournament titles. Overall, he has guided Holy Cross to appearances in the Patriot League tournament during six of his first seven seasons as coach.
"This is a move we have been contemplating for some time," said Regan. "The management of the Hart Center is an extremely large job, and is difficult to handle along with coaching responsibilities. It is a very important athletic facility that serves literally thousands of people. We are pleased that Bob Neville is willing to take on this challenge."
Current Hart Center Director Peter Van Buskirk will now devote all of his time to his duties as the Crusaders' women's ice hockey coach. Van Buskirk owns a record of 58-60-7 in five seasons as head coach of the women's ice hockey team. During the 2002-2003 season, he led the Crusaders to a 17-7-1 overall record and the ECAC Championship title in only their fourth year as a varsity team. Van Buskirk also spent 10 seasons as Holy Cross' head men's ice hockey coach, compiling an overall record of 167-146-8, and eight years as an assistant men's ice hockey coach.