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Athletics Office Phone Athletics Fax Athletics Mailing Address

606.546.1236 606.546.1286 310 College Street CPO Box D-22 Barbourville, Ky. 40906

Athletics Web Site


Darin S. Wilson, Director of Athletics Tim Curry, Associate Director of Athletics Tommy Reid, Assistant Director of Athletics Larry Inkster, Director of Compliance Lana Faulkner, Administrative Assistant


Jay Stancil, Sports Information Director Gene Renfro, Assistant Sports Information Director Sports Information Fax/Email


Clay Butler, Head Athletic Trainer Larry Reynolds, Associate Athletic Trainer Jessica Rayford, Assistant Athletic Trainer Erica Ziegler, Assistant Athletic Trainer Lucius Willson, Assistant Athletic Trainer

606.546.1308 606.546.1682 606.546.1707 606.546.1234 606.546.1236

606.546.1292 606.546.1728 606.546.1286

606.546.1303 606.546.1806 606.546.1769 606.546.1724 606.546.1768





BASEBALL Bart Osborne, Head Coach BASKETBALL - MEN Sean Gillespie, Interim Head Coach BASKETBALL - WOMEN Tim Curry, Head Coach BOWLING - MEN & WOMEN Matt Mahony, Head Coach CHEERLEADING Heather Taylor, Head Coach CROSS COUNTRY - MEN & WOMEN Jamaine Gordon, Head Coach CYCLING Chuck Coffey, Head Coach GOLF - MEN & WOMEN Eric Wyrick, Head Coach FOOTBALL Tommy Reid, Head Coach SOCCER - MEN Tyler Brock, Head Coach SOCCER - WOMEN Jason Lanham, Head Coach SOFTBALL Danny Fish, Head Coach SWIMMING - MEN & WOMEN Rafael Forti, Head Coach TENNIS - MEN & WOMEN Daniel Finn, Head Coach TRACK & FIELD - MEN & WOMEN Jamaine Gordon, Head Coach VOLLEYBALL Whitney Erb Elam, Head Coach















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UNION COLLEGE Location: Barbourville, Ky. Founded: 1879 Enrollment: 1,350 Nickname: Bulldogs Colors: Orange (PMS 165) and Black Affiliations: Appalachian Athletic/NAIA President: Edward D. de Rosset Athletic Director: Darin S. Wilson Director of Compliance/FAR: Larry Inkster Sports Information Director: Jay Stancil Assistant SID: Gene Renfro Head Athletic Trainer: Clay Butler CONTACT INFORMATION Address: 310 College Street, CPO Box D-22 Barbourville, Ky. 40906 Athletic Office Phone: (606) 546-1236 Athletic Office Fax: (606) 546-1286 Sports Information Phone: (606) 546-1292 Sports Information Fax: (404) 601-0909 Sports Information Email: Athletic Website: FACILITY INFORMATION Stadium: Surface: Year Opened: Capacity: WOMEN’S SOCCER FACTS Head Coach: Alma Mater: Record at Union/Career: Assistant Coaches: 2008 Overall Record: 2008 AAC Record/Finish:

Burch/Nau Field Synthetic sports turf 1984 2,500 Jason Lanham Union ’08 14-5 (second year) Camila Mendes Heather Jaques 14-5 4-3/Fifth

WOMEN’S SOCCER HISTORY First Year of Women’s Soccer: 1993 All-Time Record: 163-133-12 (.551) Post-Season Record: 5-7-2 (7 appearances) Last Post-Season Appearance: 2005 NAIA National Tournament Appearance: 2 NAIA Final Four Appearance: 1 Conference Regular-Season Championships: 2 Conference Tournament Championships: 3


The 2009 Union Women’s Soccer Media Guide is a production of the Union Sports Information Office. Writing, Editing & Design: Jay Stancil and Gene Renfro Photography: Gene Renfro, Heather Cole, Deena O’Hare and Jay Stancil Printing: Union College, Barbourville, Ky. Copyright © 2009, Union College Athletics. All rights reserved.

CONTENTS GENERAL INFORMATION Athletic Directory Quick Facts This is Union! Facilities Affiliations Media Information 2009 SEASON Preview Coaching Staff Team Roster 2009 Schedule RECORD BOOK Year-By-Year Records Coaches Records Lady Bulldog Record Book Lady Bulldog Honors

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DIRECTIONS TO UNION FROM THE NORTH: I-75 south to exit 29. Turn left at the end of the ramp and continue for approximately 17 miles into Barbourville. Turn right at the first entrance into town (just past the shopping center with a green roof). Go to the third traffic light and turn right. At the first four-way stop, continue straight and the campus will be one block up on the right. FROM THE SOUTH: I-75 north to exit 25. Turn right at the end of the ramp and go to the first light. Turn right at the light (Corbin bypass) and continue for about five miles. Turn right when the road ends at US 25E south. Continue for approximately 12 miles into Barbourville. Turn right at the first entrance into town (just past the shopping center with a green roof). Go to the third traffic light and turn right. At the first four-way stop, continue straight and the campus will be one block up on the right. FROM EAST TENNESSEE AND THE CAROLINAS: Take US 25E north into Barbourville. At the third traffic light in Barbourville, turn left (Daniel Boone Drive). Turn right at the third traffic light, then go through one more stop light and a four-way stop. The campus will be one block up on the right.

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In 1879 a group of progressive citizens followed the prompting of Abraham H. Harritt, a salesman of school desks, and James T. Gibson, the owner of a general-merchandise store, to establish a college in the Barbourville community. W.W. Sawyers and James D. Black met in the office of Judge J.H. Tinsley and formed a stock company to launch Union College. Black, who later served as president of Union from 1910-12 and later served as governor of Kentucky, is given credit for having named the school “Union.” The institution would serve as a unifying influence for the community regardless of church affiliation or political differences. The Articles of Incorporation were drawn up on Oct. 18, 1879, and provided for the issuance of $20,000 worth of capital stock. The London Echo of Dec. 12, 1879, carrying its first announcement of Union, listed the corporation as being “designed to fill a long-felt want in eastern Kentucky, eastern Tennessee and western Virginia.” ENTENNIAL ALL Union was operated under local leadership for the first few years, but began to experience severe financial struggles. On Oct. 25, 1886, the property was “cried off” to Green Elliott, who purchased it for Dr. Daniel Stevenson for the sum of $4,425 with Mrs. Mahala Dowis furnishing the funds. The renowned Kentucky educator had been authorized to attend the sale by the Board of Education of the Kentucky Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. Union’s athletic mascot, the English Bulldog, was introduced during the fall of 1925. The breed, whose ancestors were developed in Britain before the 13th century from the British mastiff and other breeds, was used for bullbaiting and dogfighting until these sports were outlawed in the 19th century. In 1967, the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity of Union College purchased the first living mascot named Mack. He was presented at the Homecoming basketball game that same year. A registered English Bulldog, Mack died in 1971. His remains are buried in an area adjacent to Union’s current baseball complex. During the past seven years, Union College began a major campus renovation and building project. Plans included the creation of new student housing, expanded academic and athletic centers, and the upgrade of existing facilities. Projects completed were the construction of the Stewart Apartments, Sharp Academic Center, Black Technology Center and the renovation of Speed Hall. Union’s athletic facilities have also received facelifts as well. A new brick backstop erected in 2001 at Sanders Field at Jerry W. Carey Baseball Stadium, while a new outfield fence was built in 2007. Robsion Arena recently had the floor repainted, new scoreboards installed and a new lights, roof and gutters installed. Two new tennis courts were constructed, while the existing four were resurfaced, and a new press box was constructed at Burch/Nau Field (football) in 2003. In 2007, synthetic sports turf was inlaid at Burch/Nau Field, allowing the men’s and women’s soccer teams to host its home games there along with football. New locker rooms were built for the football team, while the locker rooms for volleyball and women’s basketball have been expanded and refurbished. Union offers 27 majors in the undergraduate curriculum, which lead to a bachelor’s degree. Twenty-one minors are also available in many of these programs. In addition, the college offers pre-professional programs. Union College also offers a graduate program with graduate work in education leading to a Master’s degree, Fifth-Year Certificate and Rank I Certificate. A Master’s in Psychology is also available. How many independent, liberal arts colleges in the Commonwealth of Kentucky can boast of a Nobel Prizewinning graduate? Union College can certainly lay claim to that. Dr. Phillip A. Sharp, the co-winner of the 1993 Nobel Prize for medicine, received his bachelor’s degree from Union in 1966. Campus life starts from the moment the students arrive on campus and continues through the end of the school year. Students can participate in more than 30 campus organizations such as music, theatre productions, sports, student government, religious activities and clubs. A recent expansion of the school’s outdoor program includes rental services for canoes and mountain bikes, as well as various hiking expeditions throughout the year. Union offers 23 intercollegiate varsity sports which are affiliated with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) as well as a cheerleading squad. In 2002, Union became a member of the Appalachian Athletic Conference, but it still competes in the Mid-South Conference in football.



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Burch/Nau Field has served as the home of the Union football program since 1984, but beginning in 2007, the Bulldog and Lady Bulldog soccer squads also call it home thanks to the installation of synthetic sports grass. The stadium seats 2,500 fans in the grandstands, and there is a two-story press box atop the home-side bleachers. Plagued by numerous rainy football seasons, Burch/Nau Field’s natural grass surface had continually was in need of repair, and the cost of repairing the turf yearly began to mount. But with the Union College Board of Trustees’ approval, Union took on the nearly $1 million project. Installed by Vescio’s Sportsfields, the new turf is not only the host all of the Bulldog home football games but also a number of Bulldog and Lady Bulldog home soccer matches. The “UC” logo with the bulldog head is inlaid at the center of the field. The end zones are orange with Union painted white and outlined in black. The football yard lines are inlaid white, while the markings for soccer are highlighted in black. Before the 2007 season, Bulldog Field served as the home of the Union College women’s soccer team since the 1993 season. And in 2009, Bulldog Field will once again be used to host several Union soccer games. Bulldog Field will primarily be used as a practice field for Union’s soccer programs. Bulldog Field measures 120 yards by 75 yards. There is netting 30 feet in the air behind each goal, and there is a regulation scoreboard in the east end zone. Each team has a dugout for its bench. During the summer of 2002, a new concrete wall was constructed between the two dugouts, and a new grandstand area was built. In addition, a concession stand/press box building was erected in the midst of the grandstand area. Over the years, Bulldog Field has been the host of a number of postseason tournaments. In 2001, it was the site of the NAIA Region XI Men’s Soccer Tournament. In 2002, Bulldog Field was the host site for the NAIA Region XII Women’s Soccer Tournament. In 2003, Bulldog Field hosted the Appalachian Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer Tournament.

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Union College looks to climb to the top of the Appalachian Athletic Conference in 2009 after winning 14 matches in 2008. The nucleus of the 2008 squad returns, including eight players that started at least 12 times last season and four players started all 19 contests. The Lady Bulldogs enter the season as the AAC preseason favorite and will play host to the next three teams in the preseason poll in Barbourville. The 2009 schedule has 11 home matches and the first two are in the Lady Bulldog Classic on August 28-29. Union will look to extend an 11match winning streak at home against Tennessee Temple University in an opening round contest at the Lady Bulldog Classic. FORWARDS Ashley Hall (Hazard, Ky.) and Marcela Salum (Guatemala City, Guatemala) combined to net 35 goals last season and look to add more in 2009. Hall led the AAC with 19 goals last season, moving her to 12th on Union’s all-time goals list with 28. Salum chipped in 16 goals in her inaugural season with the Lady Bulldogs. Both players were All-AAC selections. “We will lean on Ashley and Marcela to provide an offensive punch,” Union coach Jason Lanham commented. Sophomore Chelsi Walls (Stanford, Ky.) could split time at forward as well as in the midfield, while freshman Ariel White (Tazewell, Tenn.) will also battle for time up front. MIDFIELD Managing the midfield will be junior Renata Peixoto (Brasilia, Brazil). All she did in 2008 was break Union’s single-season assist record with 27, which ranks fourth in NAIA history. She was named the AAC Player and Offensive Player of the Year last season to go along with a NAIA All-American honorable mention selection. In addition to her numerous helpers, Peixoto booted home 15 goals last season. Lanham is looking for a replacement for Heather Jaques, a three-time All-AAC pick. Olivia Brock (Hebron, Ky.), Jenn Sckirl (Edmonton, Canada) and Stephanie Cagle (Independence, Ky.) will battle for the spot. Brock played in 13 matches during her freshman season while Sckirl and Cagle are new to the Union program.


“I am looking for someone to play smart in the middle of the field,” said Lanham, “The battle should be an interesting competition during preseason camp.” Outside, Union will feature Jessica Florence (Frankfort, Ky.), Hannah Goins (Corbin, Ky.), Katarina Sprunk (Port Charlotte, Fla.) and Walls. Florence and Goins played in 17 and 18 matches last season, respectively. Florence scored twice and Goins provided a pair of assists. Sprunk battled injuries earlier in her Union career but will fight for more playing time in 2009. DEFENDERS According to Lanham, the position battles among the defenders should provide the most excitement during the preseason. Union lost two All-AAC performers in Ashleigh Mensch and Karla Goncalves. However, two starters return in Jessica Brandner (Independence, Ky.) and Amy Vallandingham (Union, Ky.). Both returnees started all 19 matches in 2009. Brandner will make the move to the middle of the defense. Kristina Kirk (Versailles, Ky.) enters her second season as a member Union’s squad. Freshman Casey Camargo (Lexington, Ky.) provides great speed on the back line. Jessica Courter (Alexandria, Ky.) will make the move to a fulltime defender after splitting time as a goalkeeper in 2008. Ashley Quinton (Lancaster, Ky.) also provides depth for Lanham’s squad. Brock can also drop back if needed for defense. GOALKEEPERS Brittany Puryear (Somerset, Ky.) returns for a senior season after posting five shutouts in 2008. She allowed 18 goals in 17 matches with an 115-0 record. “Brittany is a very solid player and she has a wealth of experience,” Lanham said. Added into the mix is newcomer Patricia Nardy (Sao Paulo, Brazil). She spent two seasons at NCAA Division II Northeastern State (Okla.) University and was a two-time, all-conference selection. Also, Nardy is coming off a summer in which she trained with the Brazilian National Team. Also factoring into the equation is Ashley Bennett (Las Vegas, Nev.). For the last two seasons, the transfer has battled injuries and is ready to play a larger role.

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Jason Lanham is entering his second season as the head coach of the Lady Bulldog soccer team, making him the seventh head coach in the program’s 16-year history. In his first year, 2008, Lanham directed Union to the program’s best turnaround in history by winning 14 games after winning seven the year before. Under Lanham’s leadership, the squad had a honorable mention NAIA All-American and the AAC Player of the Year. A total of five Lady Bulldogs landed on the All-AAC team. Before taking over the helm, Lanham served as an assistant coach for the Lady Bulldogs during the 2007 campaign. He also was an assistant on the Union men’s soccer team for two seasons. Prior to coming to Union, Lanham spent three seasons as the head women’s coach at Grant County (Ky.) High, posting 10-7-1 record in 2005. In 2004, Grant County posted a 11-5-3 record as it won the regular-

season district championship. Lanham has assisted both the Kentucky and Ohio South Olympic Development Program as an evaluator in the early pool stages. Since its inception, he has toured with Kentucky Youth Soccer as an instructor for the Summer Camp Tour that the association implemented in 2007. Lanham is also involved with the Nike Kentucky Rush Soccer Club where he has served the head coach of the U18 girl’s premier team the past two seasons. Lanham graduated from Ryle High School in 1994. While at Ryle, he was team captain as well as being named All-District, All-Region and Team MVP. In the mid-1990s, he attended Northern Kentucky University and was a redshirt member of its nationally ranked program in 1994 under the late John Toebben. He completed his undergraduate degree at Union College.


Camila Mendes is beginning her second season as a member of the Lady Bulldog coaching staff. No stranger to Union College, Mendes played for the Lady Bulldogs from 2001-04, helping the Lady Bulldogs to back-to-back NAIA National Tournament appearances in 2002 and 2003. The Campinas, Brazil native ranks eighth in program history in goals scored (33), ninth in assists (23) and eighth in points (89). A four-time All-Conference selection, Mendes was named the Appalachian Athletic Conference Player of the Year in 2004. She was also recognized as a NAIA AllAmerican honorable mention in 2002, 2003 and 2004. In addition, Mendes was named the Union College Female Athlete of the Year in 2004-05. After leaving Union, Mendes continued her playing career as a member of the Blackburn Rovers in England in 2005, on Requios FC in Japan in 2006 and on Real Dimension in Trinidad in 2007, helping Real Dimension capture the national championship. In 2008, Mendes coached Naparima U16 Boys team in Trinidad.


Heather Jaques will move from being a player at Union College to an assistant coach for the 2009 season. Jaques ranks seventh in program history for most career goals scored (39). In addition, she became the eighth player in Union history to post at least 100 points with 39 career goals along with 22 assists. In 2008, Jaques completed her playing career last season by scoring 12 goals with eight assists. A three-time All-Appalachian Athletic Conference selection, Jaques was selected a NAIA All-American honorable mention and was named to the All-NAIA Region XII First Team in 2007. The Manitoba, Canada native came to Union after playing a season at Mayville (N.D.) State University.

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No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 11 12 13 14 15 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 26

Name Brittany Puryear Amy Vallandingham Ashley Hall Jessica Brandner Katarina Sprunk Jenn Sckirl Stephanie Cagle Chelsi Walls Casey Camargo Renata Peixoto Jessica Florence Marcela Salum Olivia Brock Dani Gilbert Nikki Jeck Kelsey Gregory Kristina Kirk Hannah Goins Patricia Nardy Jessica Courter Ashley Quinton Ariel White Ashley Bennett

Ht. 5-6 5-2 5-5 5-3 5-5 5-4 5-5 5-6 5-5 5-6 5-0 6-0 5-7 5-4 5-1 5-5 5-5 5-4 5-7 5-5 5-4 5-2 5-5

Yr. Pos. Hometown/Previous School SR G Somerset, Ky./Pulaski County SR MF Union, Ky./Grant County JR F Hazard, Ky./Perry County Central JR D Independence, Ky./Simon Kenton JR MF Port Charlotte, Fla./Charlotte FR MF Edmonton, Canada/McNally SO MF Independence, Ky./Morehead State University SO F Stanford, Ky./Lincoln County FR D Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay JR MF Brasilia, Brazil/Charlotte SR F Frankfort, Ky./Western Hills SO F Guatemala City, Guatemala/Boone County SO MF Hebron, Ky./Conner FR D Ft. Thomas, Ky./Highlands SO MF Richmond, Ky./Madison Southern FR MF Russellville, Ky./Logan County SO D Versailles, Ky./Woodford County JR MF Corbin, Ky./Corbin JR G Sao Paulo, Brazil/Northeastern State University SO D Cold Spring, Ky./Campbell County FR D Lancaster, Ky./Garrard County FR F Tazewell, Tenn./Cumberland Gap SR G Las Vegas, Nev./Feather River CC

Head Coach: Jason Lanham Assistant Coaches: Camila Mendes and Heather Jaques


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NAIA ALL-AMERICANS FIRST TEAM Jeri Cook, GK Juliana Filipe, F Ana Bruni, MF Alessandra Tavoloni, F SECOND TEAM Alessandra Tavoloni, F THIRD TEAM Ana Bruni, MF HONORABLE MENTION Juliana Filipe, F Ana Bruni, MF Juliana Filipe, F Juliana Filipe, F Paula Fantini, MF Camila Mendes, MF Camila Mendes, MF Becki Woodworth, GK Camila Mendes, MF Alessandra Tavoloni, F Alessandra Tavoloni, F Heather Jaques, F Renata Peixoto, MF

2001 2001 2002 2002 2003 2001 1998 1999 1999 2000 2002 2002 2003 2003 2004 2004 2005 2007 2008

Year 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008

YEAR-BY-YEAR RECORDS Record 5-10-0 5-11-1 6-10-0 9-10-1 7-9-0 12-10-0* 15-9-0* 16-4-1 15-1-2^* 12-11-1&# 14-6-2$& 9-9-1 11-7-1 6-13-0 7-8-2 14-5-0

Head Coach Doug Callahan Doug Callahan Doug Callahan Doug Callahan Doug Callahan Doug Bracken Chris Kouns Erb Ubarana Erb Ubarana Erb Ubarana Tyler Brock Juliana Filipe Juliana Filipe Juliana Filipe Juliana Filipe Jason Lanham

*-Mid-South Conference Tournament Championsip; ^-Mid-South Conference Regular-Season Championship; $-Appalachian Athletic Conference Regular-Season Championship &-NAIA National Tournament Appearance; #-NAIA Final Four Appearance


Coach Doug Callahan Doug Bracken Chris Kouns Erb Ubarana Tyler Brock Juliana Filipe Jason Lanham Total

Year(s) Record 5: 1993-1997 32-50-2 (.393) 1: 1998 12-10-0 (.545) 1: 1999 15-9-0 (.625) 3: 2000-2002 43-16-4 (.714) 1: 2003 14-6-2 (.682) 4: 2004-07 33-37-4 (.467) 1: 2008-present 14-5-0 (.737) 16 163-133-12 (.551)

LADY BULLDOG RECORD BOOK INDIVIDUAL GAME RECORDS TEAM GAME RECORDS Goals: 10, Juliana Filipe vs. Shorter (9-8-01) Goals: 22 vs. Pikeville (8-29-06) Assists: 6, Veronica George vs. Trevecca Nazarene Goals Allowed: 9 vs. Georgetown (11-7-96) (8-30-00) Assists: 14 vs. Berea (9-29-98) & vs. Campbellsville Points: 21, Juliana Filipe vs. Shorter (9-8-01) (9-11-01) Saves: 28, Brittany Puryear vs. Virginia Intermont TEAM SEASON RECORDS (10-17-06) and Becki Woodworth vs. Mount Vernon High Low Nazarene (9-28-04) Wins: 17 (2001) 5 (1993& INDIVIDUAL SEASON RECORDS 1994) Goals: 46, Juliana Filipe (2001) Winning %: .889 (2001) .290 (1994) Assists: 27, Renato Peixoto (2008) Losses: 13 (2006) 1 (2001) Points: 110, Juliana Filipe (2001) Goals Scored: 121 (2002) 27 (1995) Saves: 249, Becki Woodworth (2004) Goals/Match: 5.78 (2001) 1.7 (1995) G.A.A.: 0.32, Jeri Cook (2001) Assists: 92 (2002) 14 (1995) Shutouts: 14, Jeri Cook (2001) Goals Allowed: 52 (1999) 6 (2001) INDIVIDUAL CAREER RECORDS G.A.A.: 3.2 (1997) 0.32 (2001) Shutouts: 14 (2001) 0 (1995) Goals: 145, Juliana Filipe (1998-01) Assists: 56, Alessandra Tavoloni (2002-05) Shutouts Against: 7 (1993) 0 (1999) Points: 340, Juliana Filipe (1998-01) NOTE: For a complete listing of Union College G.A.A: 1.31, Jeri Cook (1998-01) Women’s Soccer honors, records and history, Shutouts: 36, Jeri Cook (1998-01) please visit the Union College Athletics Saves: 661, Jeri Cook (1998-01) website @ 2009 Union Soccer Media Guide


NAIA 1200 Grand Blvd. Kansas City, Mo. 64106 (816) 595-8000 FAX: (816) 595-8200 Providing Balanced Athletic Programs for Today’s Student-Athletes Throughout its history, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has provided strong leadership for all aspects of intercollegiate sports. Since its introduction of intercollegiate championship basketball in 1937, the NAIA has maintained the highest standards while administering first-rate athletic programs. Time and time again, the NAIA has stepped forward to address the important issues of the day - be it racial integration in the 1940s and 1950s or establishing the first women’s championship program in 1980. The NAIA has not been afraid to enact changes while others have watched and waited. In the past decade, presidents of the NAIA colleges and universities have assumed a position of responsible leadership. The NAIA’s Council of Presidents, the organization’s primary governing body, is comprised of 32 college and university presidents from all regions of the United States. During the 1990s, the waves of change once again washed over the NAIA. The membership voted to institute affiliated conference and regional groupings and discontinued the use of district play as a means of qualification for national championships, marking the first time since the NAIA’s creation that district competition would not be used. Since 1937, the NAIA has adminisistered athletic programs and championships in proper balance with the overall collegiate educational experience. Serving higher education in this manner is a responsibility the NAIA does not take lightly.


The Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) is a nine-member conference sanctioned by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The league has members in Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. The AAC participates in Division II in men’s and women’s basketball and sponsors six men’s sports and six women’s sports. For men, the conference offers championships in: baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer and tennis. For women, championships are awarded in: basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball. In May of 2003, the AAC selected John Sullivan as its first-ever Commissioner. Prior to taking the post, Sullivan served as Montreat College’s athletic director for six years and was named AAC and NAIA Region XII Athletic Director of the Year in 2000.

MEMBER SCHOOLS Bluefield College ....................... Bluefield, Va. Bryan College ................................... Dayton, Tenn. Milligan College ............................... Milligan, Tenn. Montreat College ..................... Montreat, N.C. Reinhardt College ......................... Waleska, Ga. Tennessee Wesleyan College ............ Athens, Tenn. Union College ...................... Barbourville, Ky. University of Virginia at Wise .................. Wise, Va. Virginia Intermont College ............. Bristol, Va.

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Gene Renfro is beginning his third year as the Assistant Sports Information Director. He will serve as the primary contact for the women’s soccer team. Renfro, a native of Johnson City, Tenn., comes to Union after serving six years in the Milligan (Tenn.) College sports information office. Among his responsibilities, Renfro will assist in media relations for all 23 of Union’s athletic programs as well as writing releases, compiling statistics, website maintenance and producing and publishing media guides. Renfro earned his bachelor’s from Milligan in 2005 and his master’s in sports management from East Tennessee State Univeristy. Renfro is a member of both the NAIA-SIDA and CoSIDA.


Jay Stancil has served as Union College’s Sports Information Director since August of 1999. During his career, Stancil has received numerous awards, earning 44 NAIASIDA Publication Awards including three first-place honors. As Union’s SID, Stancil has had 12 studentathletes earn CoSIDA Academic All-America District IV honors with four receiving CoSIDA Academic All-America Team honors. Stancil is a member of the NAIA-SIDA - the NAIA’s Sports Information Directors Association, College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). In addition to serving at Union, Stancil was elected twice as an At-Large Representative on the NAIA-SIDA Board of Directors. In 2009, he was elected as the First Vice President. Stancil is also a member of CoSIDA’s College Division Management Council. Stancil is married and he and his wife, Genople, have two children - a son, Jayson, and a daughter, Haylee.


Barbourville Mountain Advocate Phone: (606) 546-9225 Corbin Times-Tribune Phone: (606) 528-2464 Corbin News-Journal Phone: (606) 528-9767 London Sentinel-Echo Phone: (606) 878-7400

TELEVISION WYMT-TV (Channel 57, CBS) Phone: (606) 436-5757 WKYT-TV (Channel 27, CBS) Phone: (859) 299-0411 WLEX-TV (Channel 18, NBC) Phone: (859) 259-1818 WTVQ-TV (Channel 36, ABC) Phone: (859) 294-3636 STATE/OTHER MEDIA Lexington Herald-Leader Phone: (859) 231-3225 Louisville Courier-Journal Phone: (502) 582-4011 Associated Press Phone: (502) 583-7718 NAIA Phone: (816) 595-8000

MEDIA POLICIES Please contact the Union College Office of Sports Information for any requests for player or coach interviews. On game days, players and coaches are not available for pre-game interviews. Once a contest is completed, they will be available for comment after a brief cooling-off period (10-15 minutes). Statistics and information about players and coaches can be obtained by contacting the Union Sports Information Office. Union College welcomes members of the media to attend practice sessions. However, if you do so, please notify the sports information director of your intent. Basic team information (roster, schedule, results, and head coaches’ bio) can also be found on the Union College website at All game stories and box scores will be updated within 24 hours following each contest on the website.

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2009 LADY BULLDOG SOCCER SCHEDULE Date Fri., Aug. 28 Sat., Aug. 29 Wed., Sept. 2 Tues., Sept. 8 Sat., Sept. 12 Wed., Sept. 16 Wed., Sept. 23 Sat., Sept. 26 Tues., Sept. 29 Thurs., Oct. 1 Sat., Oct. 3 Fri., Oct. 9 Sat., Oct. 10 Wed., Oct. 14 Sat., Oct. 17 Sat., Oct. 24 Wed., Oct. 28 Sat., Oct. 31

Opponent Tennessee Temple^ Emmanuel/Cumberland (Tenn.)^ Midway Mountain State Tennessee Wesleyan* Cumberlands Bryan* Milligan* Union (Tenn.) West Virginia Tech Covenant Spring Hill Auburn-Montgomery Montreat* Bluefield* Brescia$ King Reinhardt*

Site Barbourville, Ky. Barbourville, Ky. Barbourville, Ky. Beckley, W.Va. Barbourville, Ky. Barbourville, Ky. Dayton, Tenn. Barbourville, Ky. Jackson, Tenn. Barbourville, Ky. Barbourville, Ky. Mobile, Ala. Montgomery, Ala. Montreat, N.C. Bluefield, Va. Barbourville, Ky. Barbourville, Ky. Barbourville, Ky.

Time 11 a.m. 6 p.m. 2 p.m. 4 p.m. 2 p.m. 3 p.m. 5 p.m. 2 p.m. 5 p.m. 2 p.m. 2 p.m. 5 p.m. 3 p.m. 2 p.m. 1 p.m. 2 p.m. 2 p.m. 2 p.m.

Home Games BOLD and held at Burch/Nau Field on the Union College campus in Barbourville, Ky.; * Appalachian Athletic Conference match; ^ - Lady Bulldog Classic. All times are Eastern.

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