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Neil  Macmillan

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Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Loughborough University (UK) '96


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Macmillan was named the 2011 MAC Coach of the Year after leading the Bobcats to a 19-5 record and had the Bobcats ranked as high as 15th in the national coaches poll. Macmillan has now led Ohio to four league titles in seven seasons and two NCAA Tournament berths.

This was the third time that Macmillan has been named the MAC Field Hockey's Coach of the Year. He has had a winning record in MAC play every season since arriving at Ohio and has never had a losing record during his tenure with the Bobcats.

Macmillan has produced 20 All-MAC First Team selections, 14 All-MAC Second Team selections, a MAC Freshman of the Year, three MAC Tournament MVPs and three MAC Players of the Year, including Louzeth Schutte in 2011. In addition, he has had a player named NFHCA All-Region every season of his tenure, including three Bobcats last season.

A coach and player of national distinction, Macmillan, a native of Portsmouth, England was named the 2007 Dita/NFHCA Division I West Region Coach of the Year. Coach Macmillan has played an active role in the United States Field Hockey Association and has earned a USFHA Coaching Level II Certification.

Before coaching the Bobcats, Macmillan made an immediate impact at Wake Forest University, helping lead the Demon Deacons to three consecutive NCAA Championships from 2002 to 2004. He also accumulated two Atlantic Coast Conference regular season and tournament titles, four second place ACC regular season finishes and a record of 114-19 from 1999 through 2004. In Macmillan's six seasons in Winston-Salem, the Demon Deacons advanced to the Final four an astounding five times.

While at Wake Forest, Macmillan aided in scouting opponents in addition to planning practices and developing game strategies. He also served as the recruiting coordinator and helped sign the 2004 National Field Hockey Player of the Year, five United States National Team members as well as numerous All-Americans. Some of his other duties included organizing travel arrangements and monitoring the team's academic progress.

Since his arrival in the United States, Macmillan has played an active role in the United States Field Hockey Association. In the two years before he became head coach for the Bobcats, Macmillan coached at B-Camp; a developmental program for athletes ages 15-19. In 2004, Macmillan was selected as an assistant coach to the United States Under-16 National Team and was an assistant and head coach for a USFHA Summer League team, the Southern Charm, from 2001-2004. In June of 2007 he coached at FDIC, which is an invitational camp for the country's elite high school players.

In 2004, Macmillan served as head coach of the Montreal Dita indoor team, which played in the North America Premier League. He has also been a mainstay on the staff at the Jennifer Averill Field Hockey Camp and helped at the UNC camp.

Prior to his coaching career in the United States, Macmillan was part of the Havant Hockey Club for 10 years, winning the National League Division One Championship in 1990 and 1991, the European Cup in 1990 and participating in the European Cup championships the following two years. Macmillan then played goalkeeper for the Division One Beeston Hockey Club of the English National League.

While completing his studies in engineering at Loughborough University, he led the Loughborough's Students' Hockey Club to the 1995 British Universities first XI Championship and a runner-up finish in 1996. Upon completion of his degree, Macmillan was a member of the St. Albans Hockey Club in the English National League before coming to the U.S. to be a part of the Demon Deacons' field hockey program.

Macmillan is a member of the National Field Hockey Coaches Association and United States Field Hockey Association. He is married to Valda Vitolins. They have two sons, Arijs and Mattis.