St. Michael’s Neeson takes job at SLU

Advocate file photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND Former St. Michael girls soccer coach Anthony Neeson communicates with his team during the 2012 playoffs.
Advocate file photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND Former St. Michael girls soccer coach Anthony Neeson communicates with his team during the 2012 playoffs.

Anthony Neeson resigned as girls soccer coach and athletic trainer at St. Michael the Archangel and is now an assistant girls soccer coach at Southeastern Louisiana University.

Neeson, who spent eight years at St. Michael, began work at SLU on Monday. He said he will work with the Lions’ goalkeepers and also will assist head coach Blake Hornbuckle with other duties, including recruiting.

“This is a great opportunity for me and my family,” Neeson said. “I’ve been commuting from Hammond to Baton Rouge for eight years and then worked in LaPlace for another year before that, so it’s good to be working back home. I’m excited about helping build up the soccer program here.”

Neeson spent eight years as the girls soccer coach at St. Michael. The Warriors advanced to the Division II playoffs each season and also finished as the Division II runner-up in 2007 and 2008.

The Warriors lost to eventual Division II runner-up Vandebilt Catholic in the Division II playoffs last spring.

“In some ways this is bittersweet for me because of the time I spent at St. Michael,” Neeson said. “I built that program up to where it is, and I love those girls. The school and faculty have always been great and very supportive, and I’m going to miss that.”

St. Michael Athletic Director Tami Reynolds-McClure said the school is in the process of hiring a new girls soccer coach.