Lynchburg, Va. -- Director of athletics Jon Waters and University of Lynchburg's athletic department welcomes 15 new faces to the Hornets' family this year, individuals who will help Lynchburg continue to elevate itself into one of the top NCAA Division III athletic departments in the country. Introducing the newcomers to Lynchburg athletics for 2018-19:
- Assistant athletic trainer Bryce Wellin comes to Lynchburg from Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., where he recently completed his master's in kinesiology.
- Erika McLeod joins the Hornets team as assistant director of digital media this year, where she will assist with the Lynchburg Hornets Sports Network efforts both in front and behind the camera. The New York native graduated from Liberty University with a degree in digital media and a specialization in performance and is currently pursuing a master's in strategic communication from Liberty.
- Four-year starter Hannah Krause joins the Hornets staff as a graduate assistant coach. The Delaware native and two-time All-South Region honoree will pursue a master's in educational leadership with an emphasis in higher education.
- Christina Herbert joins the Lynchburg men's and women's golf program as a graduate assistant. A Division III national champion at ODAC foe Bridgewater, the Williamsburg, Va., native is enrolled in Lynchburg's master's in counseling program.
- Colin McGuire transitions into a graduate assistant role after a fine four-year career for the Hornets. An honorable mention All-American and first-team All-ODAC performer in 2018, he will pursue a master's in business administration.
- Liza Oakley comes to Lynchburg from Mount St. Mary University, where she played four years of lacrosse for the Mountaineers. The Connecticut native will be matriculating through Lynchburg's master's in business administration program.
- Three-time All-ODAC selection Nate Berning joins the Lynchburg coaching staff as a graduate assistant this season. The reigning conference player of the year is enrolled in the university's master's in business administration program.
- Sam Cannon becomes a volunteer assistant with the program after a four-year career as a goalkeeper for the Hornets. He will assist primarily in that role.
- Matt Newton joins the Lynchburg coaching staff as a graduate assistant in Lynchburg's master's in education program. The head girls' soccer coach at nearby Jefferson Forest High School, Newton led the Cavaliers to a state championship in 2017.
- Kevin Smith comes into the Lynchburg program as a volunteer assistant. He has 30 years of coaching experience, primarily in the club ranks in the Tidewater region of Virginia.
- A 2018 Lynchburg graduate, Jaye Winemiller becomes the director of digital media for the women's soccer program in a graduate assistant role. She will handle social media and video content creation for the team.
- MacKenzie Mount moves into a coaching role after a four-year career as a utility player for Lynchburg. She will be a graduate assistant enrolled in the master's in special education program.
- Nicole Riley rejoins the Hornets' program as a volunteer assistant after a two-year hiatus. The 2016 graduate was a four-year starter at shortstop for Lynchburg and an All-ODAC selection.
Strength & Conditioning
- Logan Evans joins the Hornets' strength and conditioning staff as an assistant coach after graduating from Lynchburg this past spring with a degree in exercise physiology. He will be assisting with all aspects of strength & conditioning as well as programming and administering workouts for specific teams as assigned throughout the year.
- Michigan native Mallory Lenhart comes into the Lynchburg fold as a graduate assistant after three years coaching in the club ranks at Premier Volleyball Academy. A 2016 graduate of Lourdes University, Lenhart is enrolled in Lynchburg's master's in school counseling program.