After two seasons on Tulane's staff as quarterbacks coach, the Saints announced yesterday that Mike Neu would be named to the same position entering the 2014 season.
A native of Indianapolis, Neu replaces Joe Lombardi, who departed the organization for an OC job with the Detroit Lions on January 21st.
No stranger to the New Orleans professional football scene, Neu led the AFL's New Orleans Voodoo to the 2004 AFL playoffs and earned AFL Coach of the Year honors as the Voodoo posted a franchise-best 11-5 record that season. In four seasons as Voodoo head coach, Neu compiled a 33-31 record, making him the winningest coach in the history of the franchise.
Along with Neu's duties with the Voodoo, he also served as scout for the Saints during the 2006 season when the Voodoo's operations were deactivated due in part to Hurricane Katrina. After being let go by the Voodoo in 2008, he returned to the Saints organization as a scout, responsible for finding talent in the Northeast United States, a position he would hold for three seasons.
When former Saints WR coach Curtis Johnson was named Tulane's head coach prior to the start of the 2012 season, Johnson tapped Neu to be the Green Wave's new quarterbacks coach. In his first season as QB coach, his pupil, future Saints backup QB Ryan Griffin, threw for over 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns in nine starts. Along with that, Griffin in 2012 set a school record for passing yards in a game with 476 yards against the Rice Owls, placing himself in the conversation for best quarterback in Conference USA.