New Head Softball Coach Lee Swanson is entering his first year at Montreat and his ninth year overall as a head coach after taking the past two years off. Prior to coaching at Montreat, Coach Swanson was at the helm for Belmont Abbey (NCAA DII). While at Belmont Abbey, Swanson compiled many achievements.
* 33-16 Conference Carolinas runner-up
* Third in the Conference Carolinas, conference tournament
* Most wins in school history
* Three All-Region Players
* Coached the Conference Carolinas, Player of the Year
* Conference Coach of the Year for second straight year.
2003 - 2004
* 26-20 record and the regular season runner-up in the Conference Carolinas Conference.
* Won the conference tournament, earning a berth in the NCAA Regional Tournament.
* First winning season ever in school history
* First Conference Championship
* First and only appearance in the NCAA tournament
* Conference Carolinas, Coach of the Year
1998-2001 at Mount Mercy College
* 1999 - Third in Regular Season
* 2000 - Third in Regular Season
* 2001 - Sixth in Regular Season
1996-98 at Brescia University
* 1997- Regular Season Conference Champions,
* 1997 - Tournament Conference Champions
* 1997 - Regional Qualifier
* 1998 - Regular Season Runner-Up
* 1998 - Conference tournament Runner-Up
* 1998 - Regional Qualifier 32-15
Coach Lee Swanson is a 1996 graduate of Clarke College. He graduated from Central DeWitt High School (DeWitt, IA) in 1986.
Coach Swanson and his wife Megan of ten years, have three children: Easton (7), Nick (6), and Callie (2). His wife and children currently reside in Conrad, IA.
Haven Payne is currently working in her second year as Assistant Softball Coach here at Montreat College. She is a 2004 Pisgah High School graduate.
Payne graduated from Montreat College in 2008 with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Sports Management and Management. In her four years here at Montreat, Payne played softball for the Lady Cavaliers serving as pitcher and utility.
Haven Payne earned numerous awards such as, All Conference recognition as an outfielder and short stop her sophomore and junior years. She was also named team MVP as a freshman, defensive MVP as a junior, and offensive MVP as a senior. In her junior and senior years, Payne served as captain for the Lady Cavs and was named to the Academic All Conference team.
In her first year as Assistant Softball Coach for Montreat, Payne helped coach the Lady Cavaliers to second place in the AAC conference and earned her first win acting as head coach against King College, making her record 1-0.
Payne is a native to Canton, NC but currently resides in Black Mountain, NC.