Dan McNeely enters his third season as the Head Men's Basketball Coach at Maine Maritime Academy. McNeely helped lead the Mariners to their most successful season in 13 seasons and the team's first North Atlantic Conference (NAC) tournament appearance since 2010. McNeely was tabbed the 2018-2019 NAC Men's Basketball Coach of the Year by his peers after leading Maine Maritime to an 11-14 overall record and a 7-7 record in conference play. Under his guidance the Mariners defeated their first NESCAC opponent (Bates College) since 2003.
McNeely's Mariners produced the 2018-2019 NAC Player of the Year and Senior Scholar of the Year, Adam Richardson. Richardson was also named to the ECAC First Team, Maine Men's Basketball Coaches and Writers Association (MMBCWA) Second Team and D3hoops.com All-Northeast Region Third Team honors.
In 2018-2019 the Mariners ranked first in the conference in assists per game, field goal percentage, three-point percentage and free throw percentage, while ranking among the top 30 teams nationally in four categories (fewest fouls - 12th, three-point percentage-16th, assists per game - 22nd, and field goal percentage - 26th).
During his first season, McNeely led the Mariners to a 5-20 record, including a 4-14 record against conference opponents. McNeely helped lead the Mariners to their first back-to-back conference victories since the 2012-13 season and the first weekend sweep since the 2007-08 season.
Before coming to Castine, McNeely served as the Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at NCAA Division III member Piedmont College in Georgia for two seasons. During his time at Piedmont, McNeely helped lead the Lions to success on the floor with two back-to-back USA South Championship Tournament appearances and in the classroom as the Lions earned the NABC Team Academic Excellence Award in 2016.
Prior to his time with Piedmont, McNeely spent three seasons at Manchester University in Indiana where he helped recruit over 30 student-athletes to the program and assisted in the planning and execution of all practices, game plans, and scouting reports.
Before joining Manchester's coaching staff, McNeely served as a Graduate Assistant Coach for the men's basketball program at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina.
McNeely began his coaching career at the high school level in Ohio, while still pursuing his undergraduate degree, coaching first at Xenia Christian High School before moving on Waynesville High School.
As a student-athlete at Wittenberg University, McNeely was a member of the 2005-2006 NCAA Division III Men's Basketball National Runner-Up team.
McNeely earned his Bachelor of Science in Management from Wittenberg University in May of 2010 while also minoring in Russian Area Studies. He completed his Master of Science in Health, Exercise, and Sport Science with a concentration in Sport Management in June of 2012 at The Citadel. McNeely also earned his Graduate Certificate in Sport Management from The Citadel.