As the recruiting coordinator, Neal has helped pull in key recruits who have all pushed for playing time. While the number of signees has gone down, the talent level has increased as JU has put at least one freshman on the A-Sun all-freshman team three times.
Neal came to JU after working as director of basketball operations for the University of Southern California men's basketball team.
"Winston is extremely intelligent and creative,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “His creative ideas and fresh thinking will be an important part of our development process."
At USC, Neal was in charge of many key facets of the Trojans’ program, including the planning of all team travel as well as managing all of the Trojans’ Summer Basketball camps and winter clinics. He was also involved in planning and coordinating all recruiting visits on campus.
Neal implemented individual player workouts for guards and post players. He also was in charge of the film breakdown and teaching sessions for the guards and forwards.
Under Neal's guidance, freshman point guard Gabe Pruitt earned a spot on the Pac-10 all-freshman team and Nick Young earned honorable mention Pac-10 all-freshman team honors. Later that year, Young was the first round pick (16th overall) in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Washington Wizards. Pruitt would get picked in the second round (32nd overall) by the Boston Celtics.
Before USC, Neal started his coaching career as a graduate assistant coach at Loyola Marymount for two seasons. He was responsible for preseason and postseason workouts, player development and recruiting. Neal helped develop forward Sherman Gray into the WCC All-Conference and Defensive Player of the Year honoree.
Before Neal started his coaching career, he was a four-year letter winner for the Georgia Tech men's basketball team from 1998-2002. Neal played under Warren while he was an assistant at Tech. He served as the Yellow Jackets team captain in his senior season and was a two-time Scholar Athlete Award recipient, while also being named to the ACC Academic honor roll for three consecutive seasons (1999-2001).
Neal earned the Iron Athlete Award in his first three seasons at Georgia Tech. Neal received his bachelor’s degree in management from Georgia Tech in 2002. In 2004, Neal earned his master's degree from Loyola Marymount in business administration.
Neal is married to the former Bridget Walker and the couple resides in Jacksonville.