WESTMINSTER, Md. – Grant Neary has been named McDaniel College's head baseball coach, announced by Director of Athletics Paul Moyer on Wednesday.
"When we began this search, we knew we'd attract a very strong pool of applicants and we did," Moyer said. "During the process, Grant emerged as a top candidate with his experience at all levels, including as a Division III head coach. It became clear that Grant is exactly the person we want to next lead our baseball program and carry on its strong tradition. He is a proven recruiter and his knowledge of the game is second to none. I am confident that he will fit in well in our department and find the same success here that he has had in his previous stops."
Neary takes over as just the 15th coach in the vaunted history of Green Terror baseball and just the fourth since 1963.
He has spent the last six seasons as an assistant coach at NCAA Division I New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT).
"Being named the head baseball coach at McDaniel College is a tremendous honor and I can't wait to get started," Neary said. "We are going to recruit tremendous student-athletes, teach and develop their skills and create an environment where success in all facets of their lives is the standard. I would like to thank Paul Moyer and the search committee for selecting me for this position. I have big shoes to fill replacing Coach Seibert, who devoted 38 years of his life to coaching the McDaniel baseball program, and am excited for the challenge."
Neary has a been a key member of the coaching staff that has guided the Highlanders to four 20-win seasons over the last six years that included the program's first winning record at the Division I level in 2015.
Over his time at NJIT, he has coordinated the recruiting duties as well as assisted in all offensive and defensive aspects of the game. He has worked primarily with the infielders on their defense and coordinated the offense, including coaching third base.
This past season he helped guide NJIT to the sixth seed in the ASUN tournament, where the Highlanders fell to top-seed, No. 11 national seed and regional champion Stetson.
Prior to his time at NJIT, he served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Division II Bloomfield College in 2012. In addition to a focus on recruiting, he also developed the defensive skills and offensive plan for all position players. Bloomfield advanced to the Quarterfinal of the Central Atlantic College Conference tournament and finished with a 22-21 overall record that season. Six players earned all-Conference honors, two garnered all-Region honors and two were Rawlings Gold Glove Award recipients. Neary has also served as a baseball instructor at the Demarini Top 96 College Recruiting Camp and was the head coach of the Freehold Clippers (ABCCL) in the summer of 2012.
Neary spent the previous three seasons at City College of New York as associate head coach and recruiting coordinator and then was named head coach for the 2011 season. In 2010 and 2011, Neary led CCNY to the conference tournament. He coached 12 players to all-conference honors and one National Strength and Conditioning All-American during his time at CCNY.
Prior to his time at CCNY, Neary served as the Chief Operating Officer of Power Hitter Sports Performance LLC and was an assistant coach at Watchung Hills Regional High School, helping guide the 2005 squad to a state championship.
He also led the Watchung Hills American Legion program to its first playoff berth in over a decade in the summer of 2006. Neary began his collegiate coaching career as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Stevens.
He was a first-team all-state baseball player at Bridgewater-Raritan (N.J.) High School and went on to become a two-sport athlete during his college years. He won both a national and a world championship in powerlifting.
Neary graduated from Kean in 2003 with a degree in physical education and earned his master's in exercise science and health promotion from California University of Pennsylvania.
Neary officially assumes his duties on July 1.