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Darton State hires Neel as new softball coach

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New Darton State head softball coach Eric Neel New Darton State head softball coach Eric Neel
Neel's teams won five MS state titles in seven seasons Neel's teams won five MS state titles in seven seasons
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The Darton State Lady Cavaliers have a new softball coach.

The school announcing Friday Eric Neel has been hired to lead the Lady Cavs.

Neel comes to Darton State from the Mississippi high school ranks, where his teams won five state titles in seven seasons. In his career, Neel has amassed a 172-65 record.

"We feel that Coach Neel's qualities and experiences will allow him to navigate the transition from the high school level to the college level very successfully," Darton State College Athletics Director Mike Kiefer said in a statement. "He's very personable and a good communicator, and his teams are known for strong fundamentals and a hard style of play."

"I'm excited about the opportunity given to me from the administration, faculty and staff at Darton," Neel said in the statement released by the school. "And I'm eager to get work with the many talented softball players Darton already has."

The school says Neel will meet the team on Sunday, and practice will begin on Monday afternoon.

The Lady Cavaliers return seven sophomores from the 2013 squad that advanced to the GCAA semifinals.

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