MONTREAT, NC – Montreat College head men's soccer coach Brenton Benware has announced the signing of Joseph Akpome (FR/Monrovia, Liberia) to a letter of intent for the 2016-2017 year. Joseph is the son of Patricia and Joseph Sonnyboy Akpome. Originally from Monrovia, Liberia, he currently lives in Charlotte, NC. He enjoyed high school soccer success at Garinger High School with a team that won conference in three consecutive seasons.
Joseph on joining Montreat – "I chose Montreat College because it is a positive environment. It involves the gospel which is a huge part of my life."
Coach Benware – "Joseph is another wonderful addition to our program. He fits our team culture, he's a hard-working student and he'll certainly help us on the field. His versatility and athleticism will be sensed immediately."
Montreat, NC- Athletic Director Jose Larios has announced the hiring of Coach Jason Beck as the head baseball coach at Montreat College. Beck recently led the Fire of Southeastern University for the past 12 seasons.
"I'm really appreciative of the process we went through to search and select our next head baseball coach," said Larios. "We had some really gifted candidates, though Coach Beck's head coaching longevity, academic emphasis, Christian leadership, and success on the diamond really set him apart."
Coach Beck will take over the baseball program that finished 15-38 last season.
MONTREAT, NC – Montreat College Athletic Director Jose Larios has announced the hiring of Britten Olinger as the head coach of the men's & women's track & field teams.
Olinger is coming to Montreat from Eastern Mennonite University where he has spent the past five years. From 2011-2015, Olinger served as the assistant cross country/track & field coach under current Montreat Director of Cross Country/Track & Field Jason Lewkowicz. After Lewkowicz left his post at EMU to come to Montreat, Olinger was promoted to the head coach position for the 2015-2016 season.
Olinger helped transform an EMU program that had less than ten athletes when he arrived in 2011. By the time the 2015-2016 season rolled around, the program had grown to 55 and had attained tremendous team and individual success. This past season, Olinger's Royals had three individuals qualify for the NCAA Division III Cross Country National Championships with senior Hannah Chappell-Dick earning All-American honors. During the track season, there were three more national qualifiers and two more All-American performances. The men's indoor track & field team posted their highest team finish in a decade and highest point total since 2003. Seven EMU student-athletes were ranked in the top-50 nationally in their respective events while garnering ten individual conference titles and 19 All-ODAC performances. Olinger's squad also re-wrote the EMU record books as the team earned 77 top-ten placements while setting three school records.
At Montreat, Olinger will be re-united with Lewkowicz, who will continue to guide the cross country programs while providing oversight of the entire cross country/track & field program. The two have a long history, as Olinger competed in cross country under Lewkowicz at UVA-Wise, where he graduated with a degree in history. After serving as an assistant at UVA-Wise for a season, Olinger coached in the high school ranks where he had successful stints at Patrick Henry High School and Abingdon High School in Virginia before making the full jump to college coaching at EMU.
Coach Olinger said, "It is an honor and a blessing to be joining Jason Lewkowicz again, but more importantly to do so at Montreat College. A college who is Christ-centered in its pursuit of higher education. Thank you to Jose Larios and Jason Lewkowicz for believing in me and affording me this opportunity. There is a lot to be excited about the track & field program. We want to honor God through our program while also creating a winning culture. What better place for that to happen then at Montreat College?"
"I am thrilled that Britten is joining us at Montreat," said Lewkowicz. "I believe that Britten is a bright and talented young coach and is the perfect fit for what we are building here at Montreat. As good of a track coach as he is, he is an even better person and has a true heart to pour into the lives of student-athletes. He understands the Christ-centered mission of Montreat and shares my passion to use college athletics to develop young people, point them to the love of Christ, and to honor God through our competitive efforts.
Larios added, "We are excited to add Coach Olinger to our staff. His heart for our mission and his relational coaching style is precisely what we're seeking to grow our track & field program. His expertise in developing our sprints, hurdles, and jumps crew is strategic as we seek to grow into an all-around program."
Olinger will begin his duties at Montreat in July and will be joined by his wife Samantha and daughter.