Former resident inducted into IHSAA Hall of Fame

By The Aberdeen Times staff

The Aberdeen Times of Aberdeen, Idaho

Former Aberdeen and American Falls resident Tim Neville,, who taught speech arts and served as forensics coach at Wood River High School in Hailey, was inducted into the Idaho High School Activities Association (IHSAA) Hall of Fame during the 32nd annual IHSAA Hall of Fame banquet held recently in Boise.

Neville began teaching in 1971 and devoted 34 years to providing quality speech arts programs to his students at Wood River High School, where he spent his entire career. He served as drama, debate and speech coach until retiring in 2005.

A role model and mentor for many current speech arts teachers in Idaho, under Neville's guidance, Wood River's speech arts participants achieved great success. They individually and collectively won numerous local, district and state titles, including five Fourth District drama championships, one state drama championship, 15 Fourth District debate championships and nine IHSAA state debate championships.

His peers have recognized Neville's exceptional coaching skill and lifelong dedication to speech arts. He was named Idaho Speech Arts Teacher Association (ISATA) Debate Teacher of the Year four times and in 1997 they chose him as Speech Arts Teacher of the Year. Neville received the National Federation of High Schools State Speech Arts Teacher of the Year in 1998 and was inducted into the ISATA Hall of Fame in 2003.

Wood River High School also named him Most Inspirational Coach of the Year three times, an award with great meaning to Neville. An annual Tim Neville achievement award is presented in memory of Neville each year at Wood River High School to a deserving speech arts student.

Neville dedicated much of his time to the professional development of coaches. He was a clinician and speaker at numerous district and state speech arts clinics, was District IV Speech Arts president for 15 years and held many positions within ISATA, including vice president and president. Neville also organized and managed numerous speech arts tournaments at the district and state level.

Born in American Falls and graduating from Aberdeen High School in 1967, Neville received his bachelor's degree from Idaho State University in 1971. He and his wife, Anne, now reside in Logan, UT, and have six children and nine grandchildren. He is the son of the late Shelby and Greta Neville and brother of the late Vaughn and Gale Neville.

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