Faculty/Team Mentor Program

Mission Statement

The Athletics Faculty/Team Mentor Program is an avenue to better facilitate the integration of athletics and academics. The team mentor will interact with the athlete to more fully understand the realities associated with balancing academic and athletic obligations. Learning and interacting with caring faculty and team mentor role models can make all the difference in a student-athlete's academic and athletic experience.

Application form (please fill out and return to athletic director Jon Waters at waters.j@lynchburg.edu).


1. To support the academic development of the student-athlete.
2. To promote understanding and communication between faculty, athlete, and students.
3. Provide coaches an additional resource to help advise student-athletes with academic matters.
4. To be a resource or counsel the student-athlete on issues of mental health and well-being.
5. Informally interact with student-athletes and coaches.
6. To facilitate a student-athlete and professor interactions.
7. Build strong friendships with student-athletes and coaches.
8. Meet with prospective student-athletes when they come on campus.
9. Advise and help freshmen on how to adjust to university life.
10. Attend practices and games.
11. Allowed to be on the sideline during competition.
12. Attend special team function, cook-outs, dinners, lunches, adventure activities, runs.
13. Travel with team to selected games.
14. Receive team apparel.
15. Be a big fan.

Each team mentor will have his or her own style and way of interacting with the student-athletes and coaches. The amount of time spent with the team will vary from mentor to mentor. It is not necessary for the mentor to be an expert in the sport field. They are there to create a partnership between faculty, student-athletes, and coaches.

Here is a list of our current mentors . . .







Lucas Jones

Dr. Steve Smith, Health and Physical Education

Men’s Basketball

Hilliary Scott

Dr. Roger Jones, Educational Leadership

Women’s Basketball

Abby Pyzik Smith

AJ Eccles, Mathematics


Jessica Wilson

Dr. Virginia Cylke, Psychology
Equestrian Justine Betzler Dr. Nancy Cowden, Biology

Field Hockey

Enza Steele

Dr. David Lipani, English
Golf Michael Veverka Dr. Adam Dean, History

Men’s Lacrosse

Steve Koudelka

Dr. Danny Hedrick, Sport Management
Dr. Tom Bowman, Athletic Training

Women’s Lacrosse

Bruce Reid

Dr. Sean M. Collins, Exercise Physiology

Men’s Soccer

Chris Yeager

Dr. Samrat Thapa, Chemistry
Women's Soccer Dr. Todd Olsen Dr. Lindsay Pieper, Sport Management


Dawn Simmons

Dr. Debbie Bradney, Athletic Training
Dr. Jill Lucas, Exercise Physiology

Men's and Women's Swimming

Brad Dunn

Dr. Emily Evans, Athletic Training

Men’s and Women’s Track & Field

Jim Sprecher

Dr. Doug Thomasey, Mathematics

Volleyball Elizabeth Ellinger Dr. Kari Benson, Biology and Environmental Science


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7 No. 17 Lynchburg
4 at No. 1 Va. Wesleyan
NCAA Tournament - Virginia Beach Regional
Sun May 12
2 No. 1 Va. Wesleyan
4 vs. No. 17 Lynchburg
@ Virginia Wesleyan University, Virginia Beach, Va. NCAA Tournament - Virginia Beach Regional
Fri May 17
2 No. 18 Emory
7 vs. No. 17 Lynchburg
NCAA Tournament - Lynchburg Super Regional - Game 1
Sat May 18
9 No. 18 Emory
5 vs. No. 17 Lynchburg
NCAA Tournament - Lynchburg Super Regional - Game 2
Sat May 18
10 No. 18 Emory
8 vs. No. 17 Lynchburg
NCAA Tournament - Lynchburg Super Regional - Game 3
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12 Lynchburg
6 at Greensboro
Fri May 03
Final - 12 innings
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2 at Roanoke
ODAC First-Round | Game 1
Sun May 05
11 Roanoke
3 vs. Lynchburg
ODAC First Round | Game 2
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