Head Men's Basketball Coach
Greg Neeley enters his seventh season as Head Men's Basketball Coach in the fall of 2019. The Lions have posted 71 wins under Neeley's leadership including three winning seasons.
The 2017-18 season was the second 15-11 mark the Lions have posted in Neeley's career with Piedmont while the 10 conference wins were its most in five seasons competing in the USA South. That season also marked the third-straight trip to the USA South Tournament for the Lions.
During his time in Demorest, Neeley has guided six USA South all-conference selections including Justin Vallejo who took the conference by storm in his debut season earning USA South Rookie of the Year honors in 2014-15.
That season also marked one of the biggest wins in program history for the Lions as they knocked off #6 Emory University inside Cave Arena for the first win over a top-10 at home.
His team has also continued to get it done in the classroom with a total of 21 players making the NABC Honors Court while the team has earned the NABC Team Academic Excellence Award each season. That mark of six-straight NABC Team Academic Excellence Awards is the longest streak in the USA South.
Neeley took over a men’s basketball program coming off a season that saw the Lions compete in just seven games as Piedmont was forced to cancel the remainder of the 2012-13 season. Despite the unsuccessful end to the season prior to Neeley’s arrival, his turnaround of the men’s basketball program at Piedmont became crystal clear.
Neeley's success at the helm was already evident following his season at Warren Wilson College where he led the Owls to the program's first-ever United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) National Championship. The Owls posted a 19-10 overall record in 2012-13 including winning 12-straight games to end the season despite playing the fifth toughest schedule in the country.
Prior to taking over at Warren Wilson, Neeley served as the Head Coach at Ancilla College in his home state of Indiana, a member school of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). While heading up the men’s basketball program at Ancilla, Neeley led the Chargers to the NJCAA District 8 Tournament in just his second year at the helm.
Before making the jump to the head coaching ranks, Neeley was an Assistant Coach at Piedmont working under then-Head Coach Lee Glenn for three of the team’s most successful seasons in the school’s NCAA era to that point. Helping to engineer Glenn’s high octane offense, Neeley’s work on the staff helped the Lions rank in the nation’s top-30 in scoring offense twice in those three seasons accomplishing the feat both in 2007-08 (13th with 83.7 per. per game) and 2009-10 (30th with 79.9 pts. per game) seasons.
Neeley has also gained experience by working the summer camp circuit as a coach and counselor at a quartet of NCAA Division I member institutions including the University of Notre Dame, Purdue University, Xaiver University, and Miami University (OH). Additionally, Neeley also served on the camp staff of an NBA franchise, the Philadelphia 76ers, during the summer of 2005 when the club had a All-Star laden roster including the big names of Allen Iverson and Andre Iguodala.
With his experience on the camp circuit, Neeley has since helped establish the Piedmont basketball camps since coming back to Demorest serving as the co-director of the summer event along with Head Women’s Basketball Coach Jamie Purdy. Along with his camp experience, Neeley is also an active member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).
Most recently, Neeley was selected to the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Coaches' Academy as one of 30 NCAA men's basketball coaches chosen to participate in the inaugural class. Neeley has also served on the NCAA D-III Men's Basketball South Region Advisory Committee (2018-present) and is the USA South Men's Basketball Coaches' Chair (2018-present).
Neeley earned his bachelor of science in business administration from Ohio Northern University in 2007 where he played one season of men's basketball for the Polar Bears, an NCAA Division III member. A recipient of the school's Presidential Scholarship in his time at ONU, Neeley moved on to earn his master of business administration from Piedmont in 2009.
Head Women's Basketball Coach
Assistant Men's Basketball Coach
Assistant Women's Basketball Coach
Brad Cochran enters his fifth season as Assistant Women's Basketball Coach in 2019-20 after helping guide the Lady Lions to three-consecutive USA South Tournament Championships in 2016-17, 17-18 and 18-19.
Finishing the regular season with a 14-2 conference record, the Lady Lions earned the No. 1 overall seed in the conference tournament and hosted the final four.
Piedmont defeated Mary Baldwin, Huntingdon and Berea to claim its third conference title in three years. Following the game, Amari Price was named tournament MVP.
In addition to Price’s MVP, she was also named USA South Player of the Year.
Since joining Piedmont, six players have been named All-Conference with one All-Region selection.
In 2017-18, the Lady Lions defeated tournament host Greensboro College in the semifinals before taking down Berea in the championship game. Senior Bridget Kelly was named tournament MVP.
Piedmont began its three-year run in 2016-17 with a tournament championship win over host Maryville College. Junior Carlie Shields scored 21 points and was named tournament MVP.
Cochran’s first season saw the team finish with a 20-8 overall record and a trip to the conference tournament.
During his first season, Piedmont tied a NCAA-era program record with a 14-game win streak. The Lady Lions were named HERO Sports Team of the Month for January and took down a top-25 Maryville College inside of Cave Arena.
Prior to Piedmont, Cochran was a student assistant with Shorter University’s men’s basketball team during the 2012-13 season.
A local product, Cochran has worked for Lakeview Academy and Gainseville High School while working with both the men’s and women’s programs at Lakeview.
Cochran played his high-school ball at North Hall and was named a first-team All-Area and All-Region selection as a senior.
After high school, Cochran played collegiately at Middle Georgia College, Wallace State Community College and what is now known at University of North Georgia. After college, he tested his talents professionally in 2009 with Torneo Decembrino in Mexico. He finished his career with as a 39% from three and shot 89% from the charity stripe.
Cochran earned his degree in general studies from Shorter University in 2013.