Neiman named interim CUP baseball manager

CLARION Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Wendy Snodgrass announced Deron "Doc" Neiman will take over as the interim baseball manager at Clarion after spending a year as a volunteer assistant. Neiman takes over the program from Anthony Williams, who earlier this summer accepted the head coaching position at Frostburg State.

"We are thrilled to introduce Doc Neiman as our interim baseball (manager)," Snodgrass said. "The strides taken by our baseball program over the last several years under Anthony Williams have been great, and we are confident that Doc's presence will allow us to maintain that momentum and excitement as we move into the future."

"It is truly an honor to be named interim baseball manager at Clarion," Neiman said. "I would like to thank Dr. Wendy Snodgrass and the entire athletic department for giving me this tremendous opportunity. I would also like to thank Anthony Williams who has done a terrific job the last three years developing this program, and look forward to building off his success. I am excited for the group of players we have returning, along with the incoming freshman class."

In Neiman's sole year as a Clarion assistant in 2019, the Golden Eagles won 19 games, the second-highest single-season wins total in program history. Clarion had their best finish in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) standings since winning the PSAC West division in 2005, and two players earned All-PSAC status as a result.

Neiman came to Clarion after spending a year as a volunteer assistant at Erskine College, where he was also the junior varsity coach and camp coordinator. Working primarily with pitchers and catchers, Neiman coached a pair of All-Conference Carolinas honorees.

The coaching trade may well come naturally to Neiman, the son of legendary DeSales University head coach Tim Neiman. He coached under his father for four years after a stellar four-year playing career with the Bulldogs from 2007-11. In his three years on staff, the Bulldogs had seven players earn First Team All-Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) status, 17 more earn second team all-conference, and eight total reach all-region teams.

As a player, Neiman was named All-Freedom Conference First-Team once (2011) and Second-Team twice (2007 -08). He was twice voted the team's Most Valuable Player (2007, 2011), thrice named to the All-Freedom Conference Sportsmanship (2008-09, 2011), and also earned Freedom Conference Rookie of the Year honors in 2007. Neiman was a part of the 2008 MAC Freedom Conference Championship team. Upon coming to Clarion he still ranked among the all-time leaders in several statistical categories including at-bats with 525 (seventh), runs scored with 115 (17th), hits with 168 (12th), doubles with 27 (tied-25th), RBIs with 92 (tied-21st), stolen bases with 52 (tied-14th), and putouts 825 (fourth) all while hitting .322 for his career.

Following graduation, he signed a professional contract with the Washington Wildthings of the Independent Frontier League. He also worked as the bullpen catcher for the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (Triple-A Philadelphia Phillies) from 2010-14.

Neiman spent part of the 2014 and 2015 summer coaching in the 15u World Summer League at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL. There he was responsible for developing practice plans for players including fundamentals and life lessons. He was also named head coach for one of the 15u summer league teams. Doc managed all game activities and responsibilities along with assisting with baseball camp and instructions.

Neiman earned a Bachelor's degree in Sport Management from DeSales in 2011, and graduated with his Master's degree in Criminal Justice from DeSales in 2019.