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PETE CONATY • SR • SANFORD, NC Overview: Transfer from Austin Peay who lettered for two years for the Bulldogs...enjoyed a solid junior campaign in 2012 and helped lead Bulldogs to second-place finish in Big South. 2013: Did not play any singles matches but competed in five doubles matches at #3 flight…teamed up with John Shubel to go 2-3 with wins over Mars Hill and King College…lost close match to Wofford and Augusta State. 2012: Played in 10 singles matches and went 4-6 with 4-5 mark at #6 singles...enjoyed an outstanding year in doubles playing with John Schubel... at #3 flight, posted a 12-7 record and went 6-1 in BSC play...doubles team was Big South Conference regular-season champions at #3 flight...earned a key singles win over Winthrop...doubles team won its final four matches of the year, including a win over conference champ Radford.

ALEX CROKER • FR • MIDDLESEX, UK Overview: Freshman from Middlesex, UK who has made an impact right away for the Bulldogs in both singles and doubles. 2013: Moved into the starting line-up in both singles and doubles as a freshman...posted an 8-11 singles record…played mainly at #4 singles and went 4-11 there…went unbeaten at 4-0 in three other flights as he went 1-0 at #2, 1-0 at #3 and 2-0 at #6….opened college career with 7-6, 6-4 victory over Appalachian State (2-9)…went 2-1 in three-set matches, including victory over Radford that helped get Bulldogs first win over Highlanders in 10 years…teamed up with fellow freshman Brett Landau to form solid #3 doubles team…the duo went 11-6 overall and 5-3 in Big South Conference play…earned win over eventual conference champion Coastal Carolina (322)…also enjoyed impressive doubles wins over USC Upstate (3-2), Tennessee Tech (3-3), Liberty (3-8), Radford (3-23) and Presbyterian College (4-3).

Austin Peay: Played sparingly at No. 6 during spring season ... had a 2-2 record, including a 1-1 OVC mark... had singles wins against Alabama A&M and Tennessee State... in doubles teamed with freshman Amar Subasic during Fall season... finished 1-4 in tournament play, including the Austin Peay Invitational and the UTC Baras Collegiate Fall Classic... only win came in Flight A Consolation against SIU Edwardsville’s Mike Chamberlain and Dylan Reed. Before UNC Asheville: Played at Southern Lee High School where he was named the Cape Fear Valley Conference Most Valuable Player as a senior... led the Caveliers to a fourth-place finish in the Mideast region... spent the summer after graduation training at the Van Der Meer Tennis Acadmy in South Carolina... also played on the ITA Summer Circuit in North Carolina.


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DANIEL KRIPAK • FR • ASHDOD, ISRAEL Overview: One of three freshmen on this year’s roster...cames to Asheville from Ashdod, Israel...made an immediate impact in singles and doubles and should compete for all-conference the rest of his career.

2013: Played in three singles matches at #6 singles and went 2-1…earned straight-set wins over Mars Hill (2-10) and Less-McRae (3-9). 2012: Worked hard in practice as he provided depth to a team made up of juniors and seniors...competed in two singles matches at #6 flight and went 1-1...picked up a straight-set win vs. Lees-McRae (2-28) and lost a close match to Tennessee Tech (3-17) with the second set going to a tie-breaker... played one doubles match at #3 at Furman (3-20). Before UNC Asheville: Attended Providence HS in Charlotte where he earned All-Conference honors for three straight seasons.

2013: Enjoyed outstanding rookie year for the Bulldogs and was in the starting line-up for both singles and doubles…posted a 13-6 singles record playing primarily at #3 flight…went 5-3 in league action…finished with 9-6 mark at #3 and went 1-0 at #1 flight and 3-0 at #2 flight…won nine of his last 12 singles matches…went 2-2 in three-set matches…won three-set matches against Appalachian State and Liberty…earned league wins over Campbell, Winthrop and Gardner-Webb…teamed up with John Schubel at #2 doubles…went 6-8 in doubles with 4-4 mark in Big South Conference matches…picked up key wins vs. Radford, at Presbyterian College and Winthrop.

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WILL GOLDBERG • SO • MATTHEWS, NC Overview: Two-year letterman who has provided depth for the Bulldogs during his career...hard worker...native of Charlotte.





Overview: Made an immediate impact on this year’s club...native of Tallahassee, Fla....attended Maclay School in Tallahassee...should compete for all-conference honors starting next year.

Overview: One of the best to ever play for UNC Asheville…finished his career in 2013 with one of the best seasons ever for a Bulldog player in singles…earned Big South All-Conference honor in 2011, 2012 and 2013 for his singles play… also earned All-Conference honors in doubles in 2012.

2013: Freshman who has solid season for the Bulldogs in both singles and doubles…went 9-8 in singles with 3-5 mark in Big South Conference matches…posted 2-2 record in three-set matches…won three-set matches vs. USC Upstate and Winthrop…went 11-6 in doubles with Alex Croker… the duo went 5-3 in Big South Conference matches… earned win over eventual conference champion Coastal Carolina (3-22)…also enjoyed impressive doubles wins over USC Upstate (3-2),Tennessee Tech (3-3), Liberty (3-8), Radford (3-23) and Presbyterian College (4-3)…won three of their final four matches of the season.

2013: Set a single-season school record by going 15-3 in singles at #1 flight… finished his college career in singles with seven straight victories…had a 6-2 worksheet in league matches…was very dominant in singles play as he only had to win one match in three sets…posted six straight wins to open the season… enjoyed non-conference wins over Wofford, Appalachian State, UNC Greensboro, USC Upstate and Tennessee Tech…had league wins over Liberty, Radford, Presbyterian College,Winthrop, Gardner-Webb and Coastal Carolina…knocked off CCU’s top player Leo Christofides in straight sets twice as the Chanticleers won the Big South Conference regular-season and tournament titles…teamed up with Matt Waissen to go 7-8 in #1 doubles play…finished 3-5 in BSC matches….won league matches against Longwood, Presbyterian College and Coastal Carolina. 2012: Played #1 singles for the Bulldogs from start to finish, earning Big South All-Conference honors in the process...posted a 13-9 overall record at #1 and 5-2 mark in league play...won final three singles matches of the season to help lead Asheville to second-place finish in Big South regular-season...enjoyed a tremendous year in doubles at #2 flight...teamed up with Thomas Rees to go 16-5 and unbeaten in Big South Conference regular season play at 7-0...Big South regular-season champion and All-Conference in doubles...won 10 straight doubles matches in the final half of the year. 2011: Enjoyed an excellent season both in singles and doubles...played most of the season at #2 singles but also played at #1 and #3....finished with a team-high 13-5 singles record, including 8-4 mark at #2...went 5-1 in Big South Conference play...teamed up with Thomas Rees at #3 doubles and went 14-4 with 3-3 mark in BSC action...compiled a 4-2 record in three-set matches...won his first 12 doubles matches of the year. 2010: Began the spring season playing #1 but was injured after second match and didn’t play singles for part of the year...played at #2, #3 and #4 flights and compiled a 7-6 singles record...won three conference matches in singles...teamed up with Thomas Rees at #3 flight and finished with 9-8 doubles record, including 4-3 mark in conference play...the duo won six of last eight doubles matches... went three sets six different times in singles and finished 3-3.


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Overview: Graduated in 2013 and was a key player for the Bulldogs during his career in both singles and doubles...did a nice job for the Bulldogs in singles in 2012 and helped lead Asheville to second-place regular-season finish in the Big South...primarily a singles player for the Bulldogs...won the C Flight at Brevard Invitational in 2009.

Overview: Transfer from N.C. State who sat out the 2011 season but had a huge impact as a red-shirt freshman in 2012 and a key reason for the Bulldogs success the past two years...excellent student who was named to the Big South All-Academic Team in 2013.

2013: Senior who played in five singles matches and went 3-2…played three matches at #4 flight and two at #6….went 2-1 at #4 singles with wins over Mars Hill and King College…posted 1-1 mark at #6 with one victory being key three-set victory over Appalachian State. 2012: Played primarily at #5 singles and registered six wins and two victories at #6...went 3-3 in Big South Conference matches...won key three-set Big South Conference matches vs. Campbell and Winthrop...also earned win over Furman that helped Bulldogs earn first victory over Paladins in school history. 2011: Played in 20 singles matches for the Bulldogs and earned seven wins... was Asheville’s #4 singles player and picked up five wins there...went 2-1 at #3 flight...won key three-set match at Davidson as Bulldogs knocked off Wildcats for first time in school history. 2010: Compiled a 6-7 singles record for Asheville...went 3-1 at #6 flight... won tournament at Brevard during the fall. Before UNC Asheville: Was named Metro 4-A Conference Player of the Year as a senior at NW Guilford HS.

2013: Had a solid sophomore campaign as he was Asheville’s #5 player at singles and teamed up with Daniel Kripak and Pete Conaty at #2 doubles… in singles play compiled a 9-8 overall record with 9-7 mark at #5 flight… opened the season with wins in five of his first six matches…went 2-2 in three-set matches with victories vs. Appalachian State and Longwood… doubles record was 6-8 with 4-4 worksheet in league play…earned league wins over Longwood, Radford, Presbyterian College and Winthrop.



2012: Played three different flights in singles and compiled a 6-8 record as he went 2-0 at #4, 2-4 and #5 and #6 flights...went 2-3 in Big South Conference matches...teamed up with Pete Conaty at #3 doubles and enjoyed a tremendous season...the duo had a 12-7 overall record but 6-1 mark in Big South Conference play and were named regular-season champions...won their final four matches of the season in doubles and six of the last seven... earned key singles win at Coastal Carolina (4-14) as he won in three sets over Sam Barr to help lead Bulldogs to 4-3 win and clinch second-place finish...also won three-set match vs. Presbyterian College (4-11) in regularseason. Before UNC Asheville: Began career at N.C. State but was only there for the fall of 2010 before transferring to UNC Asheville that spring...went to Broughton HS but only played freshman and sophomore year there...excellent soccer player who didn’t start playing tennis until he was 14...made finals of Tar Heels Qualifier (18) in 2010.

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MATT WAISSEN • SR • BASINGSTOKE, UK CHRISTINE BOISSEVAIN • SO • SOUTHLAKE, TX Overview: Enjoyed an outstanding career and helped lead the Bulldogs to two straight winning seasons in 2012 and 2013...was a key player for Asheville in both singles and doubles his entire career...earned Big South All-Conference honors in singles in 2011...native of Great Britain. 2013: Finished up his career with impressive play in both singles and doubles… played #2 singles for the Bulldogs and teamed up with fellow senior Adrien Langeard to play #1 doubles…during singles play went 11-7 overall with a 9-6 mark in #2…posted 5-3 league record…won two three-set matches against Campbell and Liberty…also earned BSC victories against Longwood, GardnerWebb and Presbyterian…enjoyed non-conference wins over Appalachian State, North Carolina Central and USC Upstate…went 7-8 in doubles and earned three league wins…finished the year with three straight victories in doubles. 2012: Played #2 singles for the Bulldogs for every match and posted a 12-9 record and went 4-3 in Big South Conference matches...went 4-1 in three-set matches...rallied for three-set victory at Furman and was the final match on the court when Asheville earned its first ever victory over the Paladins...also won crucial match at Coastal Carolina in three sets that allowed the Bulldogs to down the Chanticleers, 4-3 and finish in second place in Big South Conference... outstanding season in doubles at #1 flight with Jonas Brobeck...finished the season 15-7 and 6-1 in Big South Conference matches...won regular-season title in league for #1 doubles. 2011: Excellent season as he finished with a 13-9 singles mark as he played primarily #3 singles but played six matches at #1...also played four matches at #2 and went 3-1...compiled a 4-4 mark in three-set matches...won key match at Charlotte to help give Bulldogs upset win over 49ers...won a thrilling three-set match at #1 singles over Coastal Carolina...teamed up with Jonas Brobeck to play #1 doubles and posted a 12-10 record...upset top-seeded Winthrop’s #1 doubles team in semifinals of Big South Tournament. 2010: Played most of the year at #2 singles and went 6-7 in that position...also won two matches at #1 flight...finished strong as he won of his last five singles matches, including upset win over Coastal Carolina in BSC Tournament...lost close match in tie-breaker at #1 flight to nationally-ranked Furman... enjoyed an excellent year in doubles as played #1 with Jonas Brobeck...compiled an 11-8 doubles record with solid 4-3 worksheet in league play...won six of last eight doubles matches...had an excellent fall and was one of two players to compete in ITA Regional in Chapel Hill where he lost close three-set match to William Parker of North Carolina.


Overview: One Talented rising sophomore who enjoyed a solid freshman year...has great potential to be a solid player for the Bulldogs in the future... one of four freshmen on 2012 roster. 2013: Key contributor in both singles and doubles…primarily played at #5 flight for the Bulldogs but also played at #3 and #4 throughout the year… went 8-4 at #5 flight and picked up three win at #3 and one at #4…posted 5-4 mark in Big South Conference matches…won five of her last six matches with only loss to Winthrop in a three-set tiebreaker…went 3-3 in three-set matches…picked up impressive win over Davidson early in the year…rallied for three-set victory at Gardner-Webb…also earned league wins over Longwood, Campbell, Coastal Carolina and Presbyterian College…teamed up with Emily McNall to go 11-11 at #2 doubles…earned four wins in conference action…picked up non-conference wins over Wofford and Western Carolina… won league matches against Longwood, Radford, Campbell and Presbyterian College. 2012: Jumped into the starting line-up right away and enjoyed success...played at both #3 and #4 singles...registered three victories at #3 and four at #4... opened her college career with impressive three-set win over Davidson...won three-set thriller over Presbyterian College as she won 11-9 in tie-breaker... teamed up with Emily McNall in doubles for 21 matches with eight wins... played at #1 doubles for 15 matches and #2 doubles six times...picked up impressive doubles win vs. Charlotte as they won 9-7...also posted a victory over East Carolina and Davidson. Before UNC Asheville: Attended Carroll HS in Southlake Texas before going to Brookhaven...enjoyed an excellent career there as she compiled a 20-2 singles record and earned All-District honors...reached round of 64 last summer in in Texas Summer Grand Slam in College Station...went to Sanchez-Casal Summer Intensive Florida and John Newcombe’s tennis camps.

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ZOE HAMEL • JR • SEDAN, FRANCE Overview: Bounced back from an injury to have an excellent junior year in 2013…outstanding student who just missed being named Big South Scholar-Athlete of the Year this past year but earned a spot on All-Academic team…native of France…has been

2013: Did not play in the spring season 2012: Played singles at #5 and #6 flights and posted two wins...both victories were by 6-0, 6-0 scores over opponents from North Carolina Central and Western Carolina...played 10 matches in doubles at #3 flight with three different players...won two matches with Devon Cavanaugh. Appalachian State: Played one year for the Mountaineers and played one doubles match that she won. West Henderson HS: : Four-year letter winner .... four-year conference champion ... three-year regional champion ... North Carolina 2A state singles runner-up .... all-Conference, all-Region and all-State honors each year in high school .... overall record of 88-6.

2013: Bulldogs #1 player in both singles and doubles…solid year with 10-10 mark in singles play, including 5-3 mark in league action…won five of her last six matches during the regular-season…went 5-2 in three-set matches… picked up BSC wins over Longwood, Charleston Southern, Radford, Campbell and Coastal Carolina…won four straight league matches late in the year, all in three sets…teamed up with freshman Ericka Rivero in doubles play to post 13-8 overall record and 6-3 worksheet in Big South matches… went 8-1 during one stretch in middle of season…earned non-conference victories over Wofford, Western Carolina and North Carolina Central… picked up league wins over Liberty, Longwood, Charleston Southern, Radford, Coastal Carolina and Presbyterian College.


AMIE CLOER • JR • HENDERSONVILLE, NC Overview: Transfer from Appalachian State who was forced into action in 2012 due to injuries...hard-worker...sister Britney Cloer played for UNC Asheville in the 2011 season.

2012: Only played half of season before getting hurt and missing the last half of the year and most of Big South Conference play with injuries…was Asheville’s #1 singles player and had a 5-7 record in that position…opened the year with impressive win over Davidson and followed up with three-set victories against Wofford and Campbell…posted four wins in doubles and played all three flights, including six matches at #1…earned doubles wins over Mars Hill, Wofford, Augusta State and Brevard. 2011:Was a starter for Asheville in both singles and doubles as a freshman... played primarily #3 and #4 in singles...produced 5-4 mark in singles play at #3 and won three more matches at #4...teamed up with Stepahnie Schon to play #1 doubles and won five matches...won two three-set matches during the year...early in the season, played with Devon Cavanaugh at #2 doubles, producing 4-1 record.

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Overview: Freshman from Texas who stepped right in as a rookie and made an impact in both singles and doubles as she helped lead Bulldogs to first winning season in three years.

Overview: Has been a key player for the Bulldog program the past two seasons…California product who has shown a great deal of improvement during her career.

2013: Posted an 11-9 singles record at #6 flight for Asheville…went 4-4 in league matches…won three-set thriller over Liberty…earned key nonconference victories over USC Upstate, Wofford, Western Carolina and North Carolina A&T…also picked up BSC wins against Radford, Charleston Southern and Presbyterian College…teamed up in doubles with Amryn Soldier and went 12-8… won six of seven matches midway through year, including triumphs over Western Carolina, Liberty, N.C. Central, Longwood and Radford.

2013: Earned six wins in singles at #2 flight…won her only three-set match of the year against Mars Hill…picked up BSC win Presbyterian College…also had victory at North Carolina A&T…teamed up with Christine Boissevain at #2 doubles to post 11-11 overall record and record four BSC wins…won non-league matches over Wofford and North Carolina A&T…earned league wins against Longwood, Radford, Campbell and Presbyterian College. 2012: Began the season at #2 singles before being moved to #1 singles with Zoe Hamel injury...fought hard the entire season...rang up five wins in singles...made her #1 debut at Western Carolina and won in three sets to help Bulldogs win 4-3 against mountain rival...teamed up with fellow rookie Christine Boissevain to play 21 matches in doubles...the duo posted three wins at #1 flight and 5-1 mark at #2 flight...earned doubles win over Charlotte and East Carolina. Before UNC Asheville: Attended Maranatha HS in Pasadena California and enjoyed a great career.


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Overview: Joined the Bulldogs in January of 2013 as a freshman and immediately made an impact for the Bulldogs as she was named as a Big South flight winner at #3 flight...native of Bolivia.

Overview: Two-year letterwinner who has done a solid job for the Bulldogs in both singles and doubles… talented free-lance photographer from Georgia.

2013: Led Bulldogs in wins during singles play with 16-6 overall record, including a 7-2 mark in BSC matches…perfect 5-0 in three-set matches… won eight of her last nine matches…picked up non-conference wins over Davidson, USC Upstate, Western Carolina and North Carolina A&T…won three-set matches in league action against Longwood, Campbell and Presbyterian College…also picked up a dramatic three-set win in BSC tournament match vs. Campbell…played in four different flights during the year as she competed at #1 (1-0), #2 (0-1), #3 (10-4) and #4 (5-1)…enjoyed an excellent doubles season as well…played with Zoe Hamel at #1 flight and posted a 13-8 overall record and 6-3 mark in BSC matches… went 8-1 during one stretch in middle of season…earned non-conference victories over Wofford,Western Carolina and North Carolina Central…picked up league wins over Liberty, Longwood, Charleston Southern, Radford, Coastal Carolina and Presbyterian College.

2013: Second on team in singles victories with 14 as she posted a 14-8 overall record…playing primarily at #4 flight and went 7-4 but also went 6-1 at #6 flight….also went 1-3 at #3 flight…picked up three wins in conference play…posted 4-3 record in three-set matches…finished the season with three straight victories, all in straight sets...avenged a loss in regular season play to Campbell’s Natahsa Afridi with 6-2, 6-3 triumph in Big South Tournament…earned three-set win at Davidson early in the year… also won a three-set thriller at Wofford to help Bulldogs win 4-3…earned league wins over Radford, Coastal Carolina and Presbyterian College… played #3 doubles with freshman Gillian Lewis and went 12-8…won six of seven matches midway through year, including triumphs over Western Carolina, Liberty, N.C. Central, Longwood and Radford.



2012: Earned five wins in singles during the year...played at #2, #3 and #4 flight in singles and picked up at least one victory at each flight...first collegiate win came in straight set victory over Mars Hill...played with three different doubles partner throughout the season...went 7-10 with Jenna Dodge, including 5-3 mark at #3 flight... won first four doubles matches of the year, including 8-1 victory vs. Charlotte. Before UNC Asheville: Three-year #1 singles player at Duluth...earned AllConference honors all three years...made quarterfinals of McCallie John Strang Championship in Chattanooga.

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Former professional tennis player Lise Gregory just completed her sixth year as head coach of the UNC Asheville men’s and women’s tennis program. In 2012, Gregory was named Big South Conference Coach of the Year for men’s tennis. She helped guide the Bulldogs to a 12-10 overall record and 5-2 mark in the Big South Conference. Asheville finished the season in second place in the Big South Conference, the highest finish ever for the Bulldogs in regular-season play. Gregory’s club claimed impressive victories over Furman, Coastal Carolina and Winthrop during the year. Both the Bulldog men’s and women’s programs have enjoyed steady improvement under her direction over the last five years. In the 2009 season, she led the women’s team to a 12-9 overall record. Gregory was named Big South Conference Coach of the Year for her work. In 2010, Asheville posted a 14-8 overall record, the second best in school history. Asheville has also won in the classroom under Gregory’s leadership. The women’s squad has been designated as an ITA All-Academic team for four consecutive years, while the men’s team has been honored for two straight years. This is Gregory’s second tour of duty with the Asheville program. She served as an assistant during the 2004-05 season and helped lead the women’s team to an 11-8 overall record. It was just the second winning season for the Bulldog program in the previous 18 years.

Over her eight years at FSU, the Seminoles made seven trips to the NCAA Tournament and earned seven straight Golden Torch Awards - an honor bestowed on the Florida State team with the highest GPA. Gregory has the highest winning percentage in FSU women’s tennis coaching history, with a career record of 119-83 for a .589 winning percentage. Gregory is the all-time winningest women’s tennis coach at FSU and the only 100-match winner. FSU’s best season under Gregory came in 1998-99 when it placed three players on the All-ACC team for the first time in school history. The Seminoles won 118 of 168 matches that season. She was named the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Women’s Tennis Coach of the Year in 1999. Lise also earned another Coach of the Year honor in 2004. As a player at Miami, Gregory earned an amazing seven NCAA All-America honors for her singles and doubles play as well as an NCAA doubles championship in 1986 with teammate Ronni Reis. The duo compiled an impressive 84-10 record over four years, while Miami was consistently ranked among the nation’s Top Five. Gregory was named to Tennis Magazine’s All-Star team in both 1986 and 1987. As a professional, Gregory won nine tournament titles in 16 finals appearances, including seven Virginia Slims doubles championships on the way to a career-high No. 18 world doubles ranking in 1990. She also won the singles title at the $25,000 Challenger in Philadelphia in 1987. Gregory was a doubles quarterfinalist at the Australian Open, a Grand Slam event, as a member of one of the top eight teams in the world that participated in the year-ending Virginia Slims Championship.

Gregory lived in Asheville during the 2004-05 year before moving on to Vanderbilt where she served as Director of Facilities and Operations for one year. Gregory was the head coach at Florida State for eight years from 1996 until 2004. She enjoyed tremendous success both on and off the court at Florida State.


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TOM HAND ASSISTANT COACH - FIFTH SEASON Former LSU standout Tom Hand just completed his fourth season as an assistant coach with both the men’s and women���s tennis program at UNC Asheville.

In 2012, Hand helped lead the men’s squad to a 12-10 overall record and 5-2 mark in the Big South Conference. It was the first winning season for the Asheville men’s program in seven years. In addition, the Bulldogs finished in second place in the league, the highest finish ever for an Asheville program in BSC play. The Blue & White recorded significant wins over Furman, Coastal Carolina and Winthrop. “We’re lucky to have Tom Hand in our program,” stated Gregory. “He has done an excellent job with both teams. Tom is an excellent teacher of the game.” Hand brings significant playing and coaching experience to the UNC Asheville program. He served as head coach of both the men’s

He has been the personal coach to Melissa Mang, who was the number one ranked junior in the United States. Mang was an AllAmerican at Duke. Hand had a spectacular playing career at LSU. He was a fouryear captain for the Tigers and helped lead LSU to two Southeastern Conference championships and two trips to the “Final Four.” Hand is ranked third on LSU’s all-time wins list with 107. He was ranked 13th in the country in singles and was a part of the number one doubles team in the nation as a senior. Hand was an outstanding student at LSU as he earned the University Medal for graduating with a 4.0 GPA in just three years. He was an Academic All-American and was the national winner of the Arthur Ashe Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service.

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Both Hand and head coach Lise Gregory have done an excellent job rebuilding both Bulldog programs.

and women’s tennis program at the University of New Orleans for the 2006 season. Hand was the Associate Head Women’s Coach for Tulane during the 2004 and 2005 seasons. The Green Wave advanced to the “Sweet 16” of the NCAA Tournament both of his years at Tulane.




Since its founding in 1983, the Big South Conference has matured into a competitive leader in college athletics, actively pursuing excellence on the field of play and in the classroom. The League’s growing presence as an NCAA Division I athletic conference is evident by athletic accomplishments on the national stage, innovative marketing and media partnerships, increased television packages, and quality athletic competition while intentionally fostering the academic, personal, social, athletic and leadership development of each student-athlete. This has evolved into the Conference’s mission of “Developing Leaders Through Athletics.” The Big South Conference was formed on August 21, 1983, when Charleston Southern (then Baptist College) Athletic Director Howard Bagwell and Augusta President George Christenberry began recruiting members into the Big South, receiving initial commitments from Augusta, Charleston Southern, Campbell, Coastal Carolina and Winthrop. One month later, Dr. Edward M. Singleton was selected as the League’s first Commissioner and continued to solicit new members. His efforts led to the additions of Armstrong State, Radford and UNC Asheville, giving the Big South more than the required six members to constitute an official conference. The Big South’s first year of competition was in the Fall of 1984, and in September 1986, the Big South Conference was granted fullfledged NCAA Division I status. During its infancy and prior to securing automatic bids to NCAA Championships, the Big South made early strides in earning at-large berths in several national postseason events, including volleyball, women’s basketball and women’s golf. In 1989, George F.“Buddy” Sasser replaced the retiring Dr. Singleton as Commissioner, and in 1990, the League received its first automatic bid -- receiving an automatic qualifier to the NCAA Baseball Championship. Under Sasser’s seven years of leadership, the Conference implemented its public relations and compliance programs, and introduced its first-ever men’s basketball television package, featuring the Big South competing among some of the finest teams in the nation. In August 1996, Kyle B. Kallander replaced Sasser as the League’s third Commissioner, and in his 15 years at the helm of the Big South, Kallander has been instrumental in aggressively promoting the Conference to new heights. The Conference has enjoyed record levels in marketing revenue during the past several years, he has brought television coverage to Big South women’s basketball, baseball and softball for the first time in Conference history, as well as increased national television exposure to the League as a whole through aggressive and unique television packages. Under Kallander’s leadership, the Big South developed and initiated its first long-range strategic plan, re-affirming the League’s vision as a distinctive athletic Conference committed to the quality of institutional life through athletic competition. He also spearheaded the efforts to add football as a championship sport, which came to fruition in 2002, and oversaw the additions of men’s and women’s indoor track & field in 1997. The Conference’s 19th championship sport -- women’s lacrosse, will begin play in 2012-13 with seven members. At the same time, Kallander has solidified Conference membership, as an all-time high 11 member institutions comprise the 28-year League in 2011-12. Recent additions include High Point, Gardner-Webb and Presbyterian College, plus the return of charter member Campbell University this year. Kallander’s long range vision has also included technological advancements, as the Conference introduced its first live event video streaming in 2005 and has since expanded its video offerings to more than 700 events annually through a partnership with the member institutions, as well as the creation of several online and social media platforms.


In the last 15 years alone, the Big South Conference has experienced monumental growth and success in nearly every sport. During this time, the Conference has had an individual National Champion six times, more than 240 All-Americans, has reached the “Sweet 16” in men’s soccer, women’s basketball and baseball, has received national Top 25 rankings in football, men’s soccer, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, baseball, men’s outdoor track & field, and men’s golf, had an individual selected to play in the NCAA Singles Championship six times in addition to the first men’s tennis doubles at-large selection, had the first women’s golf program advance to the national finals, had the No. 1 ranked men’s golfer in the country, has had the nation’s top scoring men’s basketball team five consecutive years as well as the national men’s basketball scoring leader twice, received an at-large playoff berth in the Football Championship Subdivision in 2006, has had four NFL Draft picks, and had an institution finish fifth in the NCAA Men’s Golf Championships - the Conference’s highest-ever team finish in an NCAA event. In 2006-07, the Big South was the only Conference nationwide to have an at-large participant in the football playoffs (Coastal Carolina), a team in the Second Round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament (Winthrop) and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Baseball Regionals (Coastal Carolina). In fact, Coastal Carolina’s baseball program has been a No. 1 seed four out of the last seven years - including a national seed for the first time in 2010, while the Chanticleers’ FCS playoff berth in 2006 came in just the fifth-year of the Big South’s football existence. The 2009-10 season saw Liberty’s Sam Chelanga win two NCAA National Championships (cross country, 10,000-meter run), Coastal Carolina’s baseball team reach the Super Regionals for the second time in three years as well as being ranked No. 1 in the national RPI and as high as No. 3 in the national polls; and three women’s basketball teams reach the postseason for the first time in Conference history. Last season, Chelanga won two more NCAA National Championships (cross country, outdoor 5,000-meter run), the Big South had its first automatic bid recipient in football (Coastal Carolina), UNC Asheville reached the Second Round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, Coastal Carolina’s women’s golf team was the first in Conference history to advance to the NCAA Championship out of Regional play, and a League-record 18 baseball players were drafted in the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft. Several former Big South student-athletes have also reached national prominence in recent years. Coastal Carolina’s Amber Campbell made the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team - one of five former Big South athletes to compete in the Games; VMI’s Reggie Williams reached the NBA with the Golden State Warriors in 2010, UNC Asheville’s Ty Wigginton was named an American League All-Star in 2010, and Coastal Carolina’s Dustin Johnson has won four PGA Tour events since departing the Big South Conference in 2007 and tied for runner-up at the 2011 Open Championship. The Conference’s tagline, “Developing Leaders Through Athletics” was unveiled in 2008-09 in conjunction with the Conference’s 25th Anniversary. The League also honored its heritage with the Top 25 “Best of the Best” moments in League history from 1983-2008, with Liberty University’s 10-year women’s basketball championship run from 19962007 being crowned the No. 1 moment in the Big South’s first 25 years. The Conference’s on-field accomplishments have been duplicated in the classroom. Annually, more than 40 percent of Conference student-athletes are named to the Big South’s Presidential Honor Roll for maintaining a cumulative 3.0 grade-point average, and the League has had more than 95 Academic All-Americans in its 27 years of existence. Furthermore, the Big South has a record number of NCAA Public Recognition Awards for APR progress the last two years.

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BIG SOUTH CONFERENCE 7233 Pineville-Matthews Road, Suite 100 Charlotte, NC 28226 Phone: (704) 341-7990 Fax: (704) 341-7991

Member Institutions (12): Campbell University, Charleston Southern University, Coastal Carolina University, Gardner-Webb University, High Point University, Liberty University, Longwood University, Presbyterian College, Radford University, UNC Asheville, Virginia Military Institute, Winthrop University Geographical Breakdown (3 states): North Carolina (4) – Campbell University, Gardner-Webb University, High Point University, UNC Asheville; South Carolina (4) – Charleston Southern University, Coastal Carolina University, Presbyterian College, Winthrop University; Virginia (4) – Liberty University, Longwood University, Radford University,Virginia Military Institute


Founded 1983 President Penelope W. Kyle, Radford University Vice President Dr. Frank Bonner, Gardner-Webb University Secretary Dr. Anne Ponder, UNC Asheville Commissioner Kyle B. Kallander Associate Commissioner James Companion Associate Commissioner Dawn Turner Assistant Commissioner - Public Relations Mark Simpson Assistant Commissioner - Marketing Chad Cook Director of Multimedia Development Mark Bryant Office Manager Terri Ballard Assistant Director of Marketing Matt VanSandt Assistant Director of Public Relations Nic Bowman Assistant Director of Compliance Sherika McLean Marketing Assistant Melissa Estepp Public Relations Assistant Briana Mayes Administration/Multimedia Assistant Earl Laing Coordinator of Football Officials Doug Rhoads Coordinator of Men’s Basketball Officials Joe Forte Coordinator of Women’s Basketball Officials Charlene Curtis Coordinator of Baseball Umpires Tony Thompson Coordinator of Softball Umpires Betsy Kidd Coordinator of Men’s Soccer Officials Paul James Coordinator of Volleyball Officials Daniel Leake

Associate Members: Stony Brook University (football), Davidson College (women’s lacrosse) Championship Sports (19): Baseball, Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, Men’s Cross Country, Women’s Cross Country, Football, Men’s Golf,Women’s Golf,Women’s Lacrosse, Men’s Soccer,Women’s Soccer, Softball, Men’s Tennis, Women’s Tennis, Men’s Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field, Women’s Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field, Volleyball Council of Chief Executive Officers: Jerry Wallace, Campbell; Jairy C. Hunter, Jr., Charleston Southern; David DeCenzo, Coastal Carolina; Frank Bonner, Gardner-Webb; Nido Qubein, High Point; Jerry L. Falwell, Jr., Liberty; Marge Connelly, Longwood; Dr. Claude Lilly, Presbyterian; Penelope W. Kyle, Radford; Anne Ponder, UNC Asheville; J.H. Binford Peay III,VMI; Anthony J. DiGiorgio, Winthrop

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ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY As the University of North Carolina at Asheville celebrates eighty years of excellence in higher education, the campus community welcomes new challenges and greater successes as one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges. From its beginnings as Buncombe County Junior College, where 86 students enrolled in 1927 to further their educations beyond high school, the University has valued liberal arts ideals and community engagement. Its special commitment to student learning and undergraduate education was reaffirmed when it joined the University of North Carolina system in 1969 as the University of North Carolina at Asheville. The University maintains its liberal arts imperative, as the designated undergraduate liberal arts University of the 17-campus University of North Carolina system.

Vision UNC Asheville students, within a diverse and inclusive community, experience liberal arts education at its best.

Mission UNC Asheville is distinctive in the UNC system as its designated liberal arts university. Our practice of the liberal arts emphasizes the centrality of learning and discovery through exemplary teaching, innovative scholarship, creative expression, co-curricular activities, undergraduate research, engaged service, and practical experience. Primarily undergraduate, UNC Asheville offers a liberal arts education characterized by high quality faculty-student interaction.We offer this challenging educational experience to all promising students who are committed to liberal learning and personal growth.

At UNC Asheville, we respond to the conditions and concerns of the contemporary world both as individuals and as a university. We incorporate economic, social and environmental sustainability into our institutional practices and curriculum. With a range of associated centers, partnerships, and initiatives, we fulfill our public responsibility to address the needs of our community through a continuum of learning. We develop a commitment to continuing service characterized by an informed, responsible, and creative engagement with the Asheville area, the southern Appalachian region, the state of North Carolina, and a diverse and increasingly connected world.

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Our liberal arts educational approach emphasizes life skills including critical thinking, clear and thoughtful expression, and honest open inquiry. Students undertake concentrated study in one area while simultaneously developing an understanding of the connections among disciplines. We encourage students to clarify, develop and live their own values while respecting the views and beliefs of others. In addition, we cultivate an understanding of the dimensions of human diversity while recognizing the common humanity of all. We believe a quality liberal arts education enables our graduates to be lifelong learners and to lead successful, flourishing lives as leaders and contributors to their communities.

In 2000 the university community set about the task of writing a new Alma Mater—the official anthem of UNC Asheville, sung at all ceremonial events—to replace the one from the 1960s. In Latin, alma mater means “nourishing mother,” and it also refers to the school one attended. Hail Our Alma Mater, Hail UNCA. Learning be your watchword, Greatness be your way. High upon the mountains, In the Land of Sky, Stands our Alma Mater, Lift your voices high. Noble Alma Mater, Hear our words of praise. May we love and honor you, Until the end of days. /// FEAR THE DOG ///


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DR. ANNE PONDER CHANCELLOR - UNC ASHEVILLE Dr. Anne Ponder became the sixth Chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Asheville in October 2005. She began her tenure by leading a campuswide collaboration to create a dynamic and viable five- to seven-year strategic plan and revised mission statement. With this focus, UNC Asheville has made major strides as a national leader in the liberal arts and has become a one of the top choices for students seeking a rigorous and multi-faceted educational experience.


During her tenure, the university was chosen as the first national headquarters for the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges and several majors in Religious Studies and Anthropology have been added to the curriculum. Dr. Ponder has encouraged innovative collaboration that resulted in a UNC-Chapel Hill satellite pharmacy education program. Building new partnerships with local governments, scientific agencies and non-profit organizations have resulted in agreements with Mission Hospital Systems, the City of Asheville, the Renaissance Computing Institute and others for enhanced learning and research opportunities for students and faculty. This emphasis on collaboration, one of Chancellor Ponder’s hallmark traits, also led to the cultivation, with other campus and community leaders, of some of the largest multi-million donations in the university’s history. Chancellor Ponder oversaw the largest building projects in UNC Asheville’s history, including New Hall classroom building; Sam Millar Facilities Management Complex; Zeis Science and Multimedia Building; and the Wilma M. Sherrill Center, which houses the North Carolina Center for Health & Wellness and the Kimmel Arena. In each of these projects, environmental sustainability has been a key feature, as dictated by the university’s strategic plan.These green efforts – combined with countless others across campus – have earned the university a host of awards, including repeated recognition as one of the lowest energy consuming agencies in the state. A strong advocate for community service, Dr. Ponder is a member of the Mission Hospitals Audit Committee, the Asheville Community and Economic Development Alliance, the Children’s Welfare League and the WNC Community Foundation’s Women for Women. She also is a board member for the non-profit Kendal Corporation. Before becoming Chancellor at UNC Asheville, Dr. Ponder served for 10 years as president of Colby-Sawyer College, a private liberal arts college in New Hampshire. Prior to that appointment, she held teaching and administrative posts at Elon College (now Elon University), Guilford College and Kenyon College. Chancellor Ponder, who holds a doctorate in English from UNC-Chapel Hill, is a nationally known expert on institutional effectiveness, strategic planning, and fundraising and resource development. She has been a frequent faculty member of Harvard University’s Institutes for Higher Education and wrote the chapter on strategic planning in the American Council on Education’s book “Leading America’s Branch Campuses.” A native of Asheville, Chancellor Ponder is the daughter of the late Eleanor and Herschel Ponder, both of whom trace their Asheville family roots to the 1780s. She is married to award-winning writer and publisher Christopher Brookhouse.


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JANET R. CONE DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS • SENIOR ADMINISTRATOR FOR UNIVERSITY ENTERPRISES Janet R. Cone is in her ninth year as Director of Athletics at UNC Asheville. She also serves the school as Senior Administrator for University Enterprises. This past year was highlighted by the men’s basketball team’s winning the Big South Conference championship for the second year in a row. The Bulldogs set a school record for conference and overall wins. Asheville advanced to the NCAA Tournament where it nearly pulled off one of the greatest upsets in NCAA history when the 16th-seeded Bulldogs lost a close game to top-seeded Syracuse. In addition, the school successfully hosted the Big South Conference men’s basketball tournament with a national television audience and sellout crowd watching the championship game in the school’s brand-new Kimmel Arena. Cone oversaw the successful opening of the Wilma Sherrill Center which houses the Kimmel Arena. She worked to bring the top-ranked UNC Chapel Hill men’s basketball team to open Kimmel against the Bulldogs in a game that was nationally televised. That game was also sold out. The Sherrill Center had more than 100,000 visitors the past year as its hosted various events from concerts to graduation.

Cone guided the athletic department through a successful certification process by the NCAA. In addition, she brought back women’s swimming as a varsity sport for the first time in more than 35 years. In the 2010-11 year, Cone saw the UNC Asheville men’s basketball team win the Big South Conference championship and advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. In addition, the Bulldog women’s indoor track and field squad finished in third place, the highest finish in school history. Senior sprinter Natalie Pearson made her second appearance in the NCAA National Outdoor Track and Field meet. Three years ago, Chancellor Anne Ponder appointed Cone to the position of Senior Administrator for University Enterprises. In this position, Cone oversees the Sherrill Center, manages specific community relationships and serves as a member of UNC Asheville’s major gifts team. She is a member of the Chancellor’s Senior Staff.


Other successes included the men’s tennis team’s finishing in second place in the Big South Conference, its highest league finish ever, the volleyball team’s advancing to the semifinals of the Big South Tournament for the eighth time in the last nine years, and the women’s tennis, men’s tennis and women’s track and field teams being honored for their work in the classroom.

In 2009, Cone helped to create the Asheville Buncombe Regional Sports Commission to bring athletic events to the Asheville area. Her leadership helped secure the return of the Southern Conference men’s and women’s basketball tournament to Asheville in March 2012. Student-Athletes have excelled in the classroom under Cone’s leadership. In 2004, she created the Athletic Director’s 3.0 + Club which recognizes student-athletes who make a 3.0 or better grade point average each semester. More than 900 student-athletes have made the club during Cone’s nine years, and in 2009-10, a record number of student-athletes earned that distinction. During that same time period, more than 800 student-athletes have been named to the Big South Presidential Honor Roll, and in 2009-10 more than 60 percent of UNC Asheville’s student-athletes earned this impressive academic distinction. Cone has overseen construction projects that have dramatically improved the facilities in which UNC Asheville’s Bulldog student-athletes compete and train. (1) The Wilma Sherrill Center/Kimmel Arena was completed in the spring of 2011. Funded partly through a $35 million state appropriation, Cone helped raise more than $ 7 million dollars in private funds to construct the Kimmel Arena, a major convocation space that will accommodate larger group events than the campus has been able to host before. Among other things, this will allow the university to host its own graduation, attract major speakers and performances, and have a new home for the men’s and women’s basketball teams. (2) Renovation and repairs to the Karl Straus Track began in the spring of 2009. Cone helped raised more than one million dollars in private funding for the track project. (3) Cone negotiated a partnership with Crowne Plaza Hotel and Resort for construction of a new Bulldog tennis facility which has indoor courts, composition courts and six hard courts that were completed in the fall of 2009.The facility has been the home of Bulldog men’s and women’s tennis for the past three seasons, and this past spring hosted the Big South Conference men’s and women’s tennis championships for the first time in school history.

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Highlights of the 2007-08 year included the men’s basketball team being co-regular season champions of the Big South Conference and earning a bid to the National Invitational Tournament, making UNC Asheville the first men’s basketball team in Big South history to receive a bid to the NIT. Cone helped the department successfully host the Big South Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament and Women’s Basketball Tournament in back-to-back weekends.


In October of 2007, Cone was named the 2007 Division I-AAA Administrator of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators. Chancellor Anne Ponder was delighted to see Cone receive the award. “Janet Cone’s inspirational leadership has set a very high standard for our student-athletes and our coaches, all of whom continue to be winners both on and off the field,” stated Ponder. “We are thrilled that she is being recognized in this way for her vision, her energy, and her tenacity, qualities our University benefit from each and every day.” In 2006-07, three different UNC Asheville teams won Big South Conference championships and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. In May 2006, the baseball team completed an amazing run with its first ever championship and a trip to Clemson for the NCAA Regional. In the fall of 2006, the women’s soccer team became the first women’s team in school history to qualify for the NCAA Tournament when the Bulldogs won the league title and earned a spot against topseed UNC Chapel Hill in the College Cup. In March 2007, the UNC Asheville women’s basketball team won its first ever Big South Conference championship. Asheville advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time where it took on Final Four-bound LSU. The South Carolina native has promulgated a significant increase in corporate sponsorships and Bulldog Athletic Association donations, critical to an organization that is not allowed to receive state funds of any kind. She has also overseen a new partnership with the Asheville City and Buncombe County Parks and Recreation Departments, an improved Athletics website, and the implementation of internet broadcasts and video-streaming for six different sports. Cone has been tapped by the NCAA and the Big South Conference to serve on several key committees. In the Big South, she is on the committees for Budget, Compliance, Ad Hoc Committee on Publicity and Promotions, Baseball, Men’s and Women’s Basketball and Men’s Soccer and Tennis. In the spring of 2006, Cone was named to the NCAA Women’s Basketball Issues Committee. In September of 2008, she began a four-year term on the NCAA Division I Leadership Council. In July 2006, the Summerville, S.C. native was one of just 14 female athletic administrators to be picked by the NCAA/NACWAA to attend The Institute of Athletics Executives in Denver. In September 2008, she began a four-year term on the NCAA Division I Leadership Council. Other highlights of Cone’s tenure include the development of a new Athletics Logo and a partnership with the Asheville City and Buncombe County Parks and Recreation Departments. In the spring of 2006, she was named as an Outstanding Executive Manager by the Asheville-Buncombe Excellence in Public Service.


Cone is extremely active in the community, and in the summer of the 2006, she helped lead a group of community leaders to bring the Big South Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament to UNC Asheville’s Justice Center in 2007 and 2008. Cone also initiated the “Our Turn to Play” women’s luncheon for local business, civic, and community leaders the past two years. In addition, Cone was recognized as one of 10 Women to Know in Western North Carolina. Cone came to Asheville from Samford University where she served as the first head women’s basketball coach beginning in 1996. She coached the Bulldogs for five seasons and, in 1999-2000, the team posted a 19-10 record. Cone was named Assistant Athletics Director before being promoted to Associate Athletics Director in 2003. Prior to Samford, Cone served as the first full-time Assistant Athletics Director, and the head women’s basketball and volleyball coach at Saint Leo University in Florida. She also directed basketball programs at Western Carolina University and Mars Hill College. Cone began her career as a teacher and coach in Gilbert, South Carolina. She coached against UNC Asheville eight times in her career and had a 5-3 record against the Bulldogs. Cone was born and raised in Summerville, S.C. She was a fouryear letterwinner on the basketball team and was an all-conference performer at Summerville HS for two years. Cone was inducted into that school’s Hall of Fame in 2007. She graduated magna cum laude from Furman University in 1978 and was named Physical Education Student of the Year while lettering in basketball and field hockey as an undergraduate. While earning her Master’s from the University of South Carolina in 1986, she completed her studies with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. A life-long learner, Cone is a 2003 graduate of the NACWAA/ HERS Institute of Administrative Advancement. She is a member of NACDA, NACWAA, NCAA Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association, Women’s Sports Foundation, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

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MIKE GORE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS FOR EXTERNAL AFFAIRS Mike Gore is in his 27th year of service to the UNC Asheville Athletics Department. He currently serves the school as an Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs. In his post, Gore is the liaison with the media, handling all media-related activities concerning the athletic department. He also assists with game management and sport oversight. In 2004, Gore served as the school’s Interim Athletics Director for six months prior to the hiring of Janet Cone. He is the chairman of the school’s Athletics Department Hall of Fame and the Big South Conference Hall of Fame committee.

Gore is a 1984 graduate of Appalachian State University with a bachelor’s degree in communications. His wife Lisa is an Assistant District Attorney for the 28th Judicial District.



The Buffalo native has been a longtime contributor to the Asheville Citizen-Times , Hendersonville Times-News and has written for Blue Ribbon Basketball Magazine. For the past 13 years, Gore has been the official scorer for the Class A Asheville Tourists baseball team. In 2005, Gore was honored with the first ever Mike Gore Bulldog Service Award at UNC Asheville’s Athletics Banquet.

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS SENIOR WOMEN’S ADMINISTRATOR Terri Brne is in her seventh year of service to the UNC Asheville Athletics Department. She serves as Associate Director of Athletics for Internal Affairs and as Director of Compliance and Sport Oversight. She joined the UNC Asheville Athletic Department in the fall of 2006. In the summer of 2011, Terri became the school’s Senior Woman Administrator. Brne is responsible for the interpretation of rules by the NCAA and Big South Conference and is the department’s liaison with Admissions, Financial Aid, Registrar and the Big South Conference. She educates UNC Asheville’s student-athletes and staff on all of the NCAA rules and regulations. Brne serves as the Game Administrator for men’s and women’s basketball. Terri also oversees men’s and women’s soccer plus baseball and assists with men’s and women’s basketball. In addition, she works with the Big South Conference whenever UNC Asheville hosts a league tournament. This past year saw Brne help the athletic department pass its NCAA certification and host both the men’s basketball and men’s and women’s tennis Big South tournaments. The Illinois native was an assistant basketball coach at both South Dakota and St. Andrews Presbyterian College. While at St. Andrews, she assisted in NCAA Compliance for all sports. Brne earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education from Illinois State. She earned her masters’s degree at Tarleton State in Exercise and Sports Studies and is currently completing a doctorate in Sports Administration.

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Omar Ahmad Head Strength & Conditioning Coach

Lydee Benoit Assistant Volleyball Coach

Judith Bohan Business Manager

Honey Brown Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach

Joe Burnette Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach

Brady Burresh Director of Facilities

Brett Carey Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach

Betsy Blose Staff Assistant

Janell Crayton Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach

Russ Gardiner Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach

Tom Hand Assistant Tennis Coach

Dr. Herman Holt Faculty Athletics Representative

Rebecca Nelms-Keil Director of Student Athlete Affairs

Eric Linnell Assistant Athletic Trainer, ATC

Kevin Easley Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach

Donna Peek Administrative Assistant

Matt Pellegrin Director of Athletics Media Communications

Adam Puett Assistant Cross Country Coach

Aaron Sanders Director of Bulldog Athletic Association

Erin Punter-Spence Director of Marketing and Promotions

Harmon Turner Ticket Manager

Jim Wallace Assistant Athletic Trainer, ATC

James Westfall Assistant Athletic Trainer, ATC

Tim White Head Athletic Trainer, ATC

Joel Williams Assistant Track & Field Coach

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Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick Women’s Basketball 2nd year as head coach

Michele Demko Women’s Soccer 4th year as head coach

Matt Kern Men’s Soccer 4th year as head coach

Elizabeth Lykins Women’s Swimming 2nd year as head coach

Jesse Norman Cross Country/Track 7th year as head coach

Lise Gregory Tennis 7th year as head coach

Tom Smith Baseball 5th year as head coach

Frederico Santos Volleyball 3rd year as head coach

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Nick McDevitt Men’s Basketball 1st year as head coach


ROCKY Since UNC Asheville first fielded athletics teams in the 1930s (then known as Biltmore College), the bulldog has been its mascot. Early students chose the bulldog for its fierce and tenacious reputation. In the decades that have followed, the bulldog has become a beloved symbol of our University.


In 1948, “Puck,” arrived on campus and began a tradition of live bulldog mascots that lasted into the 1980s. Puck, named after the character in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, was followed by Puck II and in the 1960s by Chuga-lug. In the 1980s the campus welcomed Winston, named after British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, both for his bulldogged resolve as well as his appearance.Winston appeared for only a year and the tradition of a live mascot fell out of use. In 2009 thanks to a group of student organizers, UNC Asheville welcomed a new bulldog mascot to the University community. “Rocky I” made his first public appearance at halftime of UNC Asheville’s homecoming basketball game on Feb. 21, 2009. Alumni couple, Alexis Johnson (’97) and Ed Johnson (’96), also a member of the math faculty, are his keepers. The name “Rocky” was suggested by staff member Nancy Williams during a naming contest sponsored by the Athletics Department in 1995. Though the rumor has often been that the name came from Sylvester Stallone’s famous character, Rocky Balboa, which is based on the American prize fighter Rocky Marciano, the name was chosen because it means steadfast, much like the mountains that surround campus. Ironically, the name “Rocky,” which is of English origin, is a derivation of the name “Roch” (also Rocco and Roque) after St. Roch, the Patron Saint of Dogs. In addition to the live bulldogs, the UNC Asheville mascot has also been depicted by an army of costumed students. Since the 1960s, students dressed as the bulldog have rallied the fans at thousands of games in support of Bulldog Athletics. The present incarnation of Rocky was introduced during the 2006-2007 season and is the first to accurately reflect the logo image of the bulldog used on signs and in print publications. That image, introduced during the 2004-05 season is the fifth official incarnation of the UNC Asheville bulldog logo. In the late 1990s, the image of the bulldog, or “Rocky,” was immortalized in aluminum through a gift by the Class of 1998. Sculpted by Matt West (‘00) and modeled after a canine friend of the University, Pete “Bubba” McGill, the statue of Rocky stands in front of the Justice Center as a sentinel over campus. Careful observers will note a chipped tooth and a torn ear, signs of his ferocity. Despite his tough outward appearance, the statue of Rocky is beloved by fans. Continuing a tradition begun by the Class of 1998, each year, during convocation and commencement, freshman and seniors rub his head for good luck before going to the ceremonies. Seniors are also often spotted getting their picture made riding Rocky in the days leading up to graduation. UNC Asheville is proud of its bulldog heritage. Today, Rocky, in all of his forms serves as a rallying point for fans far and wide.




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BULLDOG ATHLETICS ASSOCIATION For over 30 years, the Bulldog Athletics Association has been the athletics scholarship fundraising arm of the UNC Asheville Athletics Department, but in its simplest terms, the Bulldog Athletics Club is YOU. Construction workers, doctors, teachers, lawyers, bankers, manufacturers, brokers, and technicians who are friends, fans, alumni, and countless combinations of others from Asheville, Weaverville, Arden, Hendersonville, …and places all over North Carolina, the United States, and the world. They all have one thing in common—a passion for Bulldog Athletics. While we have high expectations for conference and NCAA competition, we also have high expectations for outstanding graduation rates, personal growth, and community involvement. As a member of the Bulldog Athletics Association, you become a critical part of a successful athletics program with a tradition of developing a student-athlete. We must raise funds not only to increase the amount of scholarship money we can offer but also to offset the rising costs of a college education. The confidence of knowing your investment will be maximized is one reason supporting UNC Asheville Bulldog Athletics is a great investment. UNC Asheville Athletics receives no state funding for scholarships, so 100 percent of your gift will enable UNC Asheville to recruit and retain student-athletes who will succeed in the classroom, athletics arena, and the community – following our motto:

Champions in Athletics, Leaders in Life.

--Rich Davis ’93, Jan Davis Tire Store

“The athletics scholarship I received from UNC Asheville allowed me to focus solely on my academics and soccer, without being concerned about how to pay for school. I donate to the Bulldog Athletics Club now so that current and future student-athletes can enjoy the same experience I did. Being a student-athlete at UNC Asheville was one of the best experiences of my life and the values and lessons I learned have helped me in my professional career and my personal life. Go Bulldogs!”


“UNC Asheville is a point of pride for this community, as an alumnus and business owner. We are proud to support the athletics department and student-athletes as they represent our community and bring attention to WNC.”

--Pat Britz ’90; former men’s soccer player

For more information about the Bulldog Athletics Association, please contact us: UNC Asheville Athletics Justice Center, CPO #2600 One University Heights Asheville, NC 28804 Phone: (828) 251-6459 Fax: (828) 251-6386

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2013 UNC Asheville Tennis Yearbook