Mary Evelyn Neville was the girl’s tennis coach at HHS from 1975 – 1988 and also served as Assistant Athletic Director from 1976-1985. Her tennis teams won three consecutive state championships (1980-82) during that time while compiling a record of 56 wins and 1 loss during those 3 years. In 1982 Coach Neville was named the District II Girls’ Tennis Coach of the Year and was a finalist for National Coach of the Year honors.
Her 14 year career coaching record was 158 wins and 56 losses. Several of her players won individual honors at the district and regional level, and the 1982 doubles team won the state championship. Coach Neville served as director of numerous district and regional tennis, gymnastics and girls’ basketball tournaments during her career and was co-director of the 1981 state girls’ tennis tournament.
In 1994 she was appointed by President Ronald Carrier of JMU to the Committee for Assessment of Title IX Competition. Mary Evelyn is a native of Pendleton County, West Virginia and played four years of basketball at Franklin High School. After high school she attended West Virginia University and graduated from Madison College. Upon retiring from Harrisonburg City Schools, Mary Evelyn returned to Pendleton County where she is active in civic affairs, serving as President of Pendleton Senior and Family services and the Pendleton Animal Welfare Organization.