In Neighbors' three seasons at XU, the Musketeers have put together a 79-20 overall record and a 38-4 mark in Atlantic 10 play. Neighbors has helped Xavier to four Atlantic 10 Championships (2008 and 2010 Tournament and 2008-09 and 2009-10 Regular Season) and NCAA Tournament berths in each of the last three seasons. The Musketeers advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament in 2010.
Neighbors was named one of basketballscoop.com's 2009 "Rising Stars", an award that recognizes those assistant coaches who are some of the best in the business as determined by their peers.
The 2009-10 campaign was one of the most successful in school history as the Musketeers posted a 30-4 overall record, including a spotless 14-0 mark in A-10 play. XU finished fourth nationally in rebound margin (+11.1) and 11th in field goal percentage defense (34.9). XU also completed the season ranked No. 5 in both polls, which was the highest ranking the Musketeers had ever achieved.
Recuiting has continued to be a strength for XU since Neighbors came aboard, as the team recently inked the No. 18 rated class of 2010 according to ESPN/Hoopgurlz, besting the previous season's class which was ranked No. 19.
The 2008-09 season saw the Musketeers tie a record with 25 regular-season wins and finish first in the nation in field goal percentage defense (35.2). XU also finished third nationally in rebounding margin (+11.2) and ninth in scoring defense (53.8).
"I am extremely excited that Mike is a part of our program," said McGuff. "His work ethic combined with great coaching experience allowed him to make an immediate impact. He is a great fit for our staff and our University." Neighbors was an assistant coach for the Lady `Backs during the 2006-07 season and was involved in all facets of the program, including evaluation and recruitment of student-athletes, player development of perimeter and post players, scouting of opponents and academic support. Arkansas began the 2005-06 campaign 15-1 and was ranked as high as No. 20 in the Associated Press Poll.
Neighbors came to XU from the University of Arkansas, where he spent one year as an assistant coach. He made a mark at Arkansas by signing the No. 39 rated recruiting class in the country, which included Arkansas Gatorade Player of the Year Whitney Zachariason and Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year Morgan Boyd.
Prior to his time at Arkansas, Neighbors served as an assistant coach for Kathy McConnell-Miller at the University of Colorado. While with the Buffs, Neighbors handled evaluation and recruitment of student-athletes, post player development, and scouting for all but two of CU's opponents. The freshman class Neighbors inked was rated No. 26 in the country according to the All Star Girls Report.
Neighbors was also an assistant for McConnell-Miller at the University of Tulsa from 2002-2005. While at Tulsa, Neighbors was involved in the evaluation and recruitment of student-athletes, post and perimeter player development, game scheduling and summer camp organization. Tulsa was 52-39 during Neighbors' tenure and made back-to-back appearances in the WNIT.
Neighbors coached a pair of honorable mention All-Americans and four players who went on to play professionally, including Allison Curtin who was drafted No. 13 in the WNBA draft and won a World Championship with the Detroit Shock and WNBA All-Star Shameka Christon, before coming to Xavier. He signed the No. 25-rated recruiting class for the Golden Hurricane in 2005 and was an NCAA Final Four Roundtable speaker in 2005 and again in 2010.
Neighbors, who graduated from Arkansas in 1993 with a bachelor's degree in secondary education, broke into collegiate coaching as the director of operations for the Lady `Backs from 1999-2002. Prior to his first stint in Fayetteville, Neighbors was the head girls basketball coach at Bentonville High School (1993-98) and Cabot High School (1998-99).
Neighbors is the father of two children, Abby (14) and Alec (8).