Aug. 1, 2007
Hattiesburg, Miss. - Southern Miss Athletic Director Richard Giannini has announced the employment of Neal Mead as the newly appointed Facility and Event Management Specialist, effective immediately.
"Neal is a hard worker and an outstanding individual," Giannini said. "He is one of our former standout football players, who already has worked in our facilities department and was a valuable asset. It's great when you can hire someone that has ties to Southern Miss and that has proven skills."
He replaces Jareel Combest, who left the department after three and a half years of service at Southern Miss to pursue similar duties at Rice University. This position serves as the event manager and game administrator for women's soccer, baseball, and track and field, and also assists with event management duties for football and men's and women's basketball. In addition, the position has facility maintenance, upkeep, and improvement responsibilities for all Southern Miss athletic venues.
"We are excited that Neal has accepted our offer to join our staff," said Tim Atkinson, Assistant Athletic Director for Facility and Event Management. "Neal has spent the last year and a half working in our department effectively assisting and in many cases overseeing the same events he will now supervise. He has done an outstanding job during that time, has been a quick study, and has taken great initiative to help us maintain success in achieving our mission. I have no doubt that he will step in and pick up where his predecessor left off and even excel beyond that within his area of responsibility."
Mead joins the Golden Eagle staff after completing his post-graduate studies in sport management at Southern Miss. While in graduate school, Mead assisted the Department of Athletics as both a practicum student and a volunteer, working with Facilities and Event Management.
Prior to that, the Collins, Miss., native was a prominent member of the offensive line for the Golden Eagle football team as the starting right tackle. He lettered three years and helped lead Southern Miss to the 2003 Conference USA Championship, and bowl appearances in the Liberty Bowl (2003) and New Orleans Bowl (2004, 2005). He was a member of both the Athletic Director's Honor Roll and the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.