Neil has an almost 20 year association with the Province. He made his debut as a player in 1995 against Northern Transvaal and went on to make 76 appearances for Ulster before retiring in 2005.
A talented all round sportsman, he also won 32 international caps for Ireland at cricket.
He began coaching while still a player, becoming an Ulster Branch development officer in 2000.
Following his retirement he worked with Academy players as a high performance coach. He led the Ulster U19, U20 and 'A' sides and was quickly promoted to the senior set-up where he took up a role as elite player development officer.
He became backs coach in 2009 and is credited with transforming Ulster Rugby into one of the most potent attacking sides in Europe.
His coaching ability was recognised by Ireland in the summer of 2013 when he joined Les Kiss in leading the Ireland international side on their summer tour of North America.
In the summer of 2014, he and Dan McFarland coached Emerging Ireland to victory in the IRB Nations Cup in Romania