Arkansas volleyball coach elevates assistant

Arkansas head volleyball coach Jason Watson is shown during an NCAA Tournament match against TCU on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023, in Fayetteville. (Hank Layton/NWA Democrat-Gazette)

The Arkansas volleyball team announced Wednesday that Jordan Neal has been elevated in his role on the staff to second assistant.

Entering his fourth season with the Razorbacks, Neal served as the third assistant last season. He’ll become a full-time assistant in his new role and will oversee recruiting efforts and Arkansas’ serve-pass strategy.

In Neal’s three seasons on head coach Jason Watson's staff, Arkansas reached the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight for the first time, put together three consecutive 20-win seasons and had its most wins in a season (28) since 1999.

“Jordan has been a part of our staff and an important part of our growth as a program," Watson said in a news releases announcing the decision. "He’s shown remarkable leadership in key areas of our system development and a keen respect for our student-athletes. I trust him to further develop both personally and professionally with this promotion. 

"There’s considerable excitement surrounding our program right now, and Jordan is the right person to oversee our recruiting process. Excited for him and his family to continue to be a part of Razorback Volleyball.”

Neal coached club volleyball and at Highland High School in Gilbert, Ariz., prior to coming to Arkansas. He graduated from Ouachita Baptist University in 2013 and has served as a math teacher at Fayetteville High School.