Contracts not renewed for Bloomfield’s Neill, Potts

Monday, March 25, 2024
Bloomfield boys basketball Head Coach J.B. Neill talks to freshman Tyler Patterson during the 2023-24 season. On Thursday, March 21, Neill's contract was not renewed by the Bloomfield Board of School Trustees.
Photo by Luke Morey.

During the Bloomfield Board of School Trustees meeting on Thursday, March 21, the contracts of varsity basketball Head Coach J.B. Neill, as well as volleyball Head Coach Deanna Potts, were not renewed.

The vote for Neill’s contract was a 5-2 decision not to renew, while Potts’ was a 4-3 decision not to renew.

The decision for Neill was the head coaching contract, as Neill is still the Athletic Director for Bloomfield High School.

Neill coached the Cardinals for five years, leading them to three sectional titles with an 87-44 record.

Neill is 221-129 over his 14 years coaching.

The Cardinals went 13-14 in the 2023-24 season, advancing to the Sectional 57 title game before falling to Clay City.

The Cards also won the consolation bracket at the Wabash Valley Classic.

Bloomfield only graduates one senior from their 23-24 team, in Kellen Luse, with the bulk of their key players set to return next year.

Potts coached the volleyball team for six years, going 96-85 overall, including four sectionals and two regional titles.

Potts also won IHSVCA Class A South District Coach of the Year in 2021.

After her first four years winning 19 or more games in each season, Potts and the Lady Cardinals only mustered 11 wins over the final two years, with the Lady Cardinals going 5-24 in the 2023 season.

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  • Neill won 3 sectionals in 5 years, had an 87-44 record, his kid, a future D1 player, is easily the best player in the county, no DUI’s, can someone please explain this?

    -- Posted by swpdds on Wed, Mar 27, 2024, at 9:49 AM
  • Neill won 3 sectionals in 5 years, had an 87-44 record, his kid, a future D1 player, is easily the best player in the county, no DUI’s, can someone please explain this?

    -- Posted by swpdds on Wed, Mar 27, 2024, at 1:11 PM
  • I am more than a little curious about this decision swpdds! Let's hope we hear some type of reasonable explanation, doubt it happens though.

    -- Posted by greenetucky on Wed, Mar 27, 2024, at 7:20 PM
  • This was done after the superintendent highly recommended him and added he went above and beyond what was asked of him . The board did not inform the superintendent what they were going to do. Something very fishy!! Why do we pay a superintendent if his board goes against him??????

    -- Posted by pt_girl02 on Wed, Mar 27, 2024, at 9:24 PM
  • Doesn't really matter how well Coach Neil has performed at his job if someone on the Board has some sort of a problem with him; which it seems that someone does. Nor does it ultimately matter what the Supt. recommended. One thing to keep in mind is that it is not his Board, the Supt. works for the Board, not the other way around. Sadly, School Boards can be political. I say sadly because children's education shouldn't be political. Too often people's motivation for running for school board isn't the most altruistic; they may have an agenda. It might appear that Coach Neill may have gotten caught up in someone's agenda. All I know is that some school will be getting a very good coach, that is if he wants to coach.

    -- Posted by Granny47471 on Fri, Mar 29, 2024, at 9:30 PM
  • Let’s just hope he lands a coaching job somewhere. His record speaks for itself

    -- Posted by Hoosiers15 on Fri, Mar 29, 2024, at 10:57 PM
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