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2012 ROSTER MEN Sam Barbeau John Bellard Ryan Blackmon Eliud Chirchir Courtney Henry Kurt Hibert Cameron Howard Ben Lockhart Carlos Lopez Delano Loritts Sam Maynard Chris Murray Elliott Pahel-Short Sebastian Paniagua Kevin Paradise Milan Ristic Adam Schnapp
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WOMEN Lauren Baker Jennifer Black Kasey Briggs Emma Bussard Rachel Carson Ashlei Clodfelter Colby Crawford Adrian Etheridge Meredith Foster Sarah Gentry Molly Harkavy Avery Hill Alyska Kalmeijer Melanie Kulesz Corey McClintock Emily Pineda Clair Powell Erin Putnam Martha Turpin
THE COACHES Jesse Norman Alma Mater: .............................Western Carolina, 2003 Year: .............................................................................Sixth Jesse Norman just finished up his fifth year as head coach of the UNC Asheville Cross Country and Track and Field programs. The Bulldogs cross country and track and field program have shown tremendous improvements across the board during his tenure. In the 2011-12 seasons, the Bulldogs men’s track team had Milan Ristic qualify for the NCAA Preliminary Outdoor meet in the 110 hurdles. It marked the first time a Bulldog hurdler had advanced to a NCAA championship meet. Ristic won the Big South Conference championship in the 110 hurdles at the outdoor meet and won the 60 hurdles at the league’s indoor meet in February. On the women’s side, Sarah Gentry captured the 800 meters at the outdoor BSC championships for her first ever championship. The 2010-11 seasons saw new heights for the program. The women’s cross country squad improved their team finish at the Big South Championships with Melanie Kulesz again earning all-conference honors. The indoor season had the women’s team finishing in third place; the highest finish in school history. Norman was named Big South Indoor Track and Field Women’s Coach of the Year after Asheville’s impressive performance. During the outdoor season Natalie Pearson (100m & 200m) and Simon Haake (Javelin) qualified for the NCAA Eastern Regional with Pearson advancing on to the NCAA National Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. The outdoor season also had Ristic qualify for the European U-23 Championships in the 110m hurdles. He also guided Ashlei Clodfelter to a school record in the triple jump (38-9). During the 2009-10 seasons, both Bulldog cross country squads improved their showing from the previous season with freshman Melanie Kulesz earning all-conference honors. In the track and field ranks, Asheville had both Simon Haake and Natalie Pearson qualify for the Eastern Regional under tougher standards. Pearson became the first Bulldog
student-athlete to qualify for the National Championships in the 200 meters. Pearson was ranked first nationally in the 200 during the season. Kulesz qualified for the USATF Junior Nationals in the 5,000m placing 11th at the championships. Norman worked for two years at Western Carolina with the Catamounts men and women’s distance teams before coming to UNC Asheville in the summer of 2007. He helped guide WCU cross country runner Dan Fassinger to an all-conference finish in cross country and Deanna Kulesz to an all-conference finish in the 1500 and 3000 meters. Norman was part of a Catamount coaching staff that helped WCU win two straight Southern Conference Outdoor Track and Field championships. Norman enjoyed a great career at Western Carolina from 19992003. He won the Southern Conference individual championship in cross country in 2001, the only Catamount ever to accomplish such a feat and earned all-conference honors in the 10,000 meters during the 2000 outdoor season. Norman had a sensational prep career at Fuquay-Varina HS where he was a five-time state champion in cross country, 1600 meters and 3200 meters. Norman earned a degree in physical education from Western Carolina in 2003 and then picked up his master’s in physical education in May of 2007.
Norman (left) was name the 2011 Women’s Indoor Track & Field Coach of the Year for the Big South Conference
THE COACHES Joel Williams Alma Mater: ............................. Appalachian State, 2004 Year: ..............................................................................Fifth Joel Williams enters the fall of 2011 as a fifth year assistant track and field coach with the UNC Asheville men’s and women’s programs. He was hired during the fall of 2007. He is in charge of coaching the throws, sprints, and hurdle events. The 2010-2011 school year proved to be the most successful track season during the current staff’s four years. Williams coached Simon Haake to again breaking his own school record in the javelin with a throw of 68.15m. This qualified him for the second consecutive year to the NCAA Division I East preliminary round. Haake also achieved a top two performance in school history in the hammer throw and top three in the shot put. Indoors, Haake hit top three marks in both the shot put and the weight throw. Also in 2010-2011,Williams guided freshman Milan Ristic to setting school records in the 110m hurdles (14.32) as well as 100m and 200m. The hurdles time qualified him for the European Athletics under 23 Championships while representing his native Serbia in July of 2011. Ristic also set two school records indoors at 55m and 200m and ran the second fastest 60m hurdle time in school history. One other top five mark was garnered during the school year by another Williams coached athlete-Kurt Hibert in the discus throw. On the women’s side in 2010-2011,Williams helped sophomore Sarah Gentry, in her first year running the 800m set a school record while placing second at the indoor conference meet en route to the team’s third place finish. Outdoors, Gentry moved to number two in school history with a time of 2:12.14 at 800m and besting her own all time top two mark at 400m. Two other top five marks were attained by athletes Williams coached; Meredith Foster in the high jump and Ashlei Clodfelter in the javelin throw. During the 09/10 school year Williams coached Simon Haake to setting a new school record in the javelin throw with an effort of 64.57m at the conference championships which qualified him for the NCAA Division I East region prelims. Ashlei Clodfelter moved to number two all time on the school’s top five list with a throw of 38.62m also in the javelin. He had 6 other female athletes break into the school’s all time top five in sprints and hurdle events as well as a school record. On the men’s side, 8 top five marks outdoors were recorded along with 4 school records, two of which were indoors and ranging from the high jump, pole vault, throws, sprints and hurdles.
Brenda Taylor who later won the 2001 NCAA 400m hurdles champion while at Harvard and in 2004 was a U.S. Olympian in Athens, Greece finishing 7th in that event. Her second place time of 53.36 at the U.S. Olympic Trials ended the year as the number five time in the world for 2004. She was also a bronze medalist in the 4 x 400 relay at the 2003 World Indoor Track and Field championships.Williams coached Taylor to nine NC state individual and relay state track championships while at Watauga High School. Though less frequently, he continued to work with Taylor while at Harvard as well as post-collegiately. He helped to design her strength training program for her 2004 Olympic season.
During the 08/09 year, junior hammer thrower Keith Scruggs made to number two all time in school history in that event. Scruggs had previously been a baseball player prior to joining the track team at UNC Asheville. Additionally, sophomore javelin thrower Simon Haake improved his best from the 2008 season by almost 11 meters while also garnering the number two position on the school’s top five list with an effort of 55.56 meters and a 7th place finish at the Big South conference meet. During his first year (2007-2008) at UNC Asheville, all of his throwers made it onto the school’s all-time top ten list. Erik Nabi improved his javelin throw in one year from 49.45 meters to 55.48 meters while earning All-Big South honors. With that performance, Nabi captured a second place all time in the school history. Daniel Corriher improved by over a meter in both the shot put and the indoor weight. Corriher got in the school’s all time top five in both the shot put and hammer throw. In his first season as a thrower, Simon Haake, who did not compete in high school sports, showed very good potential in the javelin where he got into the school top 10 all-time list with a throw of 44.66m. Haake also made the finals at the Outdoor Conference Championships.
He was a high school coach for Brenda’s twin sister, Lindsay, who, in addition to being a top high hurdler in North Carolina, was a 5’11½” high jumper while at Watauga. As a result of her best marks, a top 2 finish at the USATF junior nationals and a fourth place finish at the Pan Am junior championships in Cuba, she was voted top three in the high jump nationally by Track and Field News for the 1997 outdoor high school season.Taylor won numerous conference championships while a student at Brown University, qualified for two NCAA championships in the Heptathlon, and later became an elite pole vaulter finishing top three at the 2003 USATF indoor national championships.Williams also worked with Lindsay, at times, while in college and after graduation as well.
Williams worked at Watauga high school in Boone, NC from 1994-2005 as the head coach of the indoor track and field team and was an assistant coach for the outdoor track team. During his tenure as head coach of the indoor team, he coached 10 different student-athletes to North Carolina state championships and led the school to its first ever state championship for girl’s indoor track in 1997. During his time at Watauga as an asst. coach during the outdoor track, Williams developed 12 state champions. He helped the Pioneer girls program to three consecutive NC state 4A outdoor championships in 1995, 1996 and 1997. The boy’s team had their best finishes in 2000 when they were runners-up and in 1997 when they tied for third place. At the conference level, both the boy’s and girl’s teams won 8 consecutive conference championships during his twelve seasons there. He planned complete training programs for all sprinters up to and including 800m runners, hurdlers, and jumpers. Later, he also designed the strength programs for several school record-setting throwers. Williams served as the high school coach to
During his time at Watauga, Williams was the high school coach to Abraham Morlu from his freshmen year in high school on to a spot with the Liberian national 400m relay team, for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games while a college freshman and the 2001 World Championships while a sophomore.Williams also worked with Morlu while in college, on occasion. Morlu then made his national team for the 2003 World Championships.Williams’ most successful high school 800m runner was Donna Bealer. She ran 2:16.78 in 1998 to win a state championship as a junior in high school. Bealer teamed up with both Taylors and Garrie Storie to win both indoor and outdoor state championships in the 4 x 400m relay running a best time of 3:53.01 in 1997. During the 2000 outdoor track season, two of his athletes, Patrick Murphy and Nathan Giles were one half of Watauga’s then NC state high school record-setting 4 x 800m team of 7:49.00. In August of 2009, Daniel Duckworth, one of Williams’ former athletes at Watauga who was a Southern Conference champion in the weight throw while competing for Appalachian State, was invited to try out for one of the two-man bobsled teams for the U.S. Williams is a 2004 graduate of Appalachian State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Promotion with minors in Exercise Science and Sociology. He is a USATF level II certified coach in both Sprints/Hurdles/Relays and the Throws. He also holds a USAW (US Weightlifting Federation) Club Coach certification for teaching/coaching the Olympic lifts.
THE COACHES Adam Puett Alma Mater: .............................Western Carolina, 2006 Year: ..............................................................................First Adam Puett is in his second year as the assistant coach with the UNC Asheville cross country and track and field programs. Adam works primarily with the middle and long distance runners. During his first year at UNCA, Adam helped coach the UNCA women to their highest finish in school history at the Big South Indoor Conference Championships by placing third. Adam also helped his athletes achieve 21 personal bests, while coaching 4 Big South AllConference Performers. Puett enjoyed an outstanding career for Western Carolina University. He was the 2005 Western Carolina Male Athlete of the Year and 2006 Southern Conference Outdoor Performer of the Year. Adam earned All Conference honors three times in cross country and 10 times in indoor and outdoor track. He was a five-time SoCon champion in indoor and outdoor track plus a four-time NCAA outdoor regional qualifier in the 1500. The Alabama native won the Southern Conference 1500 meters for three consecutive years. Before coming to UNC Asheville, Puett served as an assistant coach at WCU for three years. He coached events ranging from the 800 meters to the 10,000 meters. The Alabama native coached 13 All-Conference performers and six Southern Conference champions during his tenure. He helped lead the Catamount programs to five different league championships. Puett graduated from Western Carolina in 2006 and then earned his Masters in Physical Education from WCU in 2009.
THE BIG SOUTH 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.
BIG SOUTH QUICK FACTS BIG SOUTH CONFERENCE 7233 Pineville-Matthews Road, Suite 100 Charlotte, NC 28226 Phone: (704) 341-7990 Fax: (704) 341-7991 www.BigSouthSports.com 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 Dawn Turner Assistant Commissioner - Public Relations Mark Simpson Assistant Commissioner - Marketing Chad Cook Director of Multimedia Development Mark Bryant Director of Administration & Finance Nancy Perkins Assistant Director of Marketing TBA Assistant Director of Public Relations Nic Bowman Assistant Director of Compliance Sherika McLean Marketing Assistant Intern Caitlin Munchel Public Relations Assistant Intern Brittany Hill Administrative Assistant Intern TBA 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 Volleyball Officials Daniel Leake Coordinator of Men’s Soccer Officials Paul James Coordinator of Softball Umpires Betsy Kidd
Full-Time Member Institutions (11): Campbell University, Charleston Southern University, Coastal Carolina University, Gardner-Webb University, High Point University, Liberty University, Presbyterian College, Radford University, UNC Asheville, Virginia Military Institute, Winthrop University. Associate Members: Stony Brook University (football), Bucknell University (women’s golf), College of the Holy Cross (women’s golf). 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 (3) – Liberty University, Radford University, Virginia Military Institute. 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, 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, Women’s Lacrosse (2012-13) 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; John V. Griffith, Presbyterian College, Penelope W. Kyle, Radford; Anne Ponder, UNC Asheville; J.H. Binford Peay III,VMI; Anthony J. DiGiorgio, Winthrop.
MENâ€™S RECORDS UNC Asheville Menâ€™s Top Five Outdoor Times 100 Meters 1. Milan Ristic 2. Enita Okodiko 3. Brandon Hamilton Courtney Henry 4. Eric Fitzgerald 5. Jordan Yarbrough Wind Aided Eric Fitzgerald
10.92 10.93 11.03 11.03 11.07 11.09
2011 2006 2007 2011 1998 2010
21.62 22.00 22.38 22.47 22.54
2012 2006 1998 2011 2010
400 Meters 1. Dane Corriher 2. Jeremy Twiggs 3. Nelson Delgado 4. Andrew Burnette 5. Giovanni Freeman
49.97 49.99 50.14 50.77 51.42
2007 2001 1994 2008 1994
800 Meters 1. Nelson Delgado 2. Sam Maynard 3. Jim Phillips 4. Eliud Chirchir 5. Brandon Trollip
1:50.94 1:51.08 1:52.57 1:53.32 1:54.33
1994 2010 1998 2010 1997
1500 Meters 1. Brandon Trollip 2. Taylor Little 3. Ed Matthews 4. Sam Maynard 5. Eliud Chirchir
3:51.14 3:53.08 3:54.58 3:56.14 3:56.65
1998 2007 1997 2010 2010
3,000 Meters 1. Phil Latter 2. Brendan McGrane 3. Taylor Little 4. Brandon Trollip 5. James Rogers
8:33.96 8:34.21 8:34.46 8:44.69 8:46.00
2004 1999 2006 1999 1998
200 Meters 1. Milan Ristic 2. Enita Okodiko 3. Eric Fitzgerald 4. Courtney Henry 5. Raymond Urrutia Wind Aided Raymond Urrutia
5,000 Meters 1. Taylor Little 2. Chad Pearson 3. James Rogers 4. Phil Latter 5. Martin Morales
14:19.16 14:36.57 14:36.80 14:47.64 14:52.55
2007 2000 1998 2004 1994
10,000 Meters 1. Jon Harmon 2. Root Kirbach 3. Pat Spencer 4. Kevin Paradise 5. Martin Morales
31:08.20 31:08.79 31:43.90 31:53.54 32:28.10
2006 2007 1996 2012 1994
13.88 14.41 15.36 15.76 15.80
2012 2004 2004 2010 1997
400 Meter Hurdles 1. Andy Guzy 2. Joel Collier 3. Brandon Hamilton 4. Michael Eitelberg
53.25 54.29 55.60 57.77
2001 2003 2007 2001
3,000 Meter Steeplechase 1. Dave Bell 2. Brendan McGrane 3. Eddie Legair 4. Sam MacGibbon 5. Tim Gautreau
9:06.08 9:09.96 9:30.26 9:32.90 9:37.52
2006 1999 1998 1994 1999
110 Meter Hurdles 1. Milan Ristic 2. Kris Fant 3. Joel Collier 4. Derek Larsen 5. Andy Gainor Wind Aided Milan Ristic
4 x 100 Meter Relay 1. Scott, Roseboro, Fant, Young 42.70 2005 2. Larsen, Yarbrough, Urruitia, Haake 43.30 2010 3. Creel, Northington, Gainor, Fitzgerald 43.38 1998 4. Hamilton, Corriher, Ahmad, Bandoly 43.65 2008 5. Corriher, Ahmad, Young, Hamilton 43.67 2007 Current Athletes in BOLD
OUTDOOR UNC Asheville Menâ€™s Top Five Outdoor Times 4 x 400 Meter Relay 1. Guzy, Roberts, Collier, Twiggs 3:20.97 2002 2. Phillips, Twiggs, Collier, Guzy 3:22.91 2001 3. Urruitia, Chirchir, Maynard, Lopez 3:24.57 2010 4. Corriher, Maynard, Burnette, Matthews 3:25.55 2009 5. Corriher, Burnette, Stepp, Holman 3:25.86 2008 High Jump 1. Chad Wynens 1.98m 2. Justin Bellamy 1.93m 3. Nick Mozzone 1.90m 4. Cameron Howard 1.86m 5. Tom Barber 1.83m Long Jump 1. Jordan Yarbrough 6.83m 2. Milan Ristic 6.73m 3. Vince Kreiger 6.63m 4. Omar Ahmad 6.61m 5. Courtney Henry 6.55m Wind Aided Milan Ristic 7.03m
6-6.00 6-4.00 6-2.75 6-1.25 6-0.00
1996 2002 2010 2012 2001
22-5.00 22-1.00 21-9.00 21-8.25 21-6.00
2010 2011 1997 2006 2011
Triple Jump 1. Will Beasley 13.78m 2. Omar Ahmad 13.59m 3. Delano Loritts 13.32m 4. Giovonni Freeman 13.21m 5. Dane Horne 11.76m Wind Aided Omar Ahmad 13.85m
45-2.50 44-7.00 43-8.50 43-4.25 38-7.50
2009 2006 2012 1994 1999
Pole Vault 1. Ian Boyd 2. K.C. Radford 3. Kelvin Howard Michael Eitelberg 4. Simon Haake 5. Dane Horne
12-11.75 12-7.50 12-6.00 12-6.00 10-6.25 10-0.00
2010 2007 2000 2001 2010 1999
3.96m 3.85m 3.81m 3.81m 3.21m 3.05m
Current Athletes in BOLD
Shot Put 1. Nathan Hedgpeth 2. Brian MacPhee 3. Simon Haake 4. Daniel Corriher 5. Adam Chacon
17.00m 16.02m 14.25m 13.94m 13.77m
55-9.25 52-6.75 46-9.00 45-9.00 45-2.25
Discus 1. Nathan Hedgpeth 2. Clint Barden 3. Brian MacPhee 4. Kurt Hibert 5. Troy Young
53.83m 50.52m 48.86m 45.61m 45.36m
176-7 2005 165-9 2004 160-4 2001 149-8 2012 148-10 2005
Hammer Throw 1. Kurt Hibert 2. Clint Barden 3. Simon Haake 4. Keith Scruggs 5. Adam Chacon
54.47m 51.93m 49.94m 48.37m 47.70m
178-8 170-4 163-10 158-8 156-6
Javelin 1. Simon Haake 2. Troy Young 3. Erik Nabi 4. John Bellard 5. Brian MacPhee
68.15m 56.71m 55.48m 54.83m 53.62m
223-7 186-0 182-0 179-11 175-11
Decathalon 1. Troy Young 2. Michael Eitleberg 3. Simon Haake
5689 5667 5510
2005 2001 2011 2007 2002
2012 2002 2011 2009 2002
2011 2006 2008 2012 2001
2006 2002 2010
MILAN RISTIC MILAN RISTIC (HURDLES) NCAA Qualifying Meet (2012) Big South Champion Outdoor – 110 High Hurdles (2012) Big South Champion Indoor – 60 High Hurdles (2012) Senior National Champion of Serbia 110 Hurdles (2011)
INDOOR UNC Asheville Menâ€™s Top Five Indoor Times 55 Meters 1. Brandon Hamilton Milan Ristic 2. Dante Roseboro 3. Courtney Henry 4. Eric Fitzgerald Jordan Yarbrough 5. Troy Young
6.49 6.49 6.54 6.57 6.58 6.58 6.71
2006 2010 2004 2011 1998 2010 2004
60 Meters 1. Raymond Urruitia Milan Ristic 2. David Pickett 3. Enita Okodiko Milan Ristic 4. Dante Roseboro 5. Jordan Yarbrough
7.04 7.04 7.08 7.09 7.09 7.10 7.13
2010 2012 2010 2006 2011 2005 2010
200 Meters 1. Milan Ristic 2. Enita Okodiko 3. Ivan Scott 4. Raymond Urruitia 5. Dane Corriher
21.68 22.38 22.54 22.64 22.71
2012 2006 2005 2010 2005
400 Meters 1. Dane Corriher 2. Andy Guzy 3. Jeremy Twiggs 4. Ivan Scott 5. Enita Okodiko
49.98 50.55 50.67 50.81 50.93
2009 2000 2003 2005 2005
800 Meters 1. Eliud Chirchir 2. Jim Phillips 3. Nelson Delgado 4. Sam Maynard 5. Eddie Legair
1:54.62 1:55.09 1:55.36 1:55.39 1:56.27
2010 1998 1995 2010 1998
Mile 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
James Rogers Taylor Little Travis Rudnick Brendan McGrane Brandon Trollip
4:16.84 4:17.26 4:17.31 4:17.44 4:17.56
1996 2006 1996 1998 1997
3,000 Meters 1. Taylor Little 2. Jon Harmon 3. Phil Latter 4. James Rogers 5. Brendan McGrane
8:22.48 8:29.68 8:32.62 8:41.11 8:41.35
2007 2008 2003 1998 1998
5,000 Meters 1. Jon Harmon 2. Phil Latter 3. James Rogers 4. Chad Pearson 5. Root Kirbach
14:55.76 14:58.64 15:07.01 15:17.21 15:17.63
2008 2003 1998 2000 2005
55 Meter Hurdles 1. Milan Ristic 2. Kris Fant 3. Derek Larsen 4. Joel Collier 5. Andy Gainor
7.47 7.49 8.10 8.14 8.40
2011 2005 2010 2004 1998
60 Meter Hurdles 1. Milan Ristic 2. Kris Fant 3. Joel Collier 4. Derek Larsen
7.83 8.13 8.78 8.81
2012 2005 2004 2010
4 x 400 Meter Relay 1. Freeman, Twiggs, Roberts, Collier 3:26.31 2. Corriher, Stepp, Maynard, Burnette 3:26.68 3. Corriher, Goodrum, Burnette, Okodiko 3:27.83 4. Phillips, Eitelberg, Twiggs, Guzy 3:28.03 5. Urruitia, Larsen, Chirchir, Maynard 3:28.47 Distance Medley Relay 1. Phillips, Trollip, Legair, McGrane 10:17.82 2. Maynard, Urruitia, Chirchir, Lopez 10:21.37 3. Gautreau, Guzy, Roberts, Trollip 10:27.10 4. Bell, Goodrum, Jackson, Mazzotta 10:31.84
2002 2009 2006 2001 2010
1998 2010 1999 2004
High Jump 1. Chad Wynens 2. Nick Mozzone 3. Cameron Howard 4. Andrew Heath 5. Marcus Bethea
1.93m 1.90m 1.85m 1.83m 1.78m
6-4 6-2.75 6-0.75 6-0 5-10
1996 2010 2012 2000 1999
Long Jump 1. Dante Roseboro 2. Courtney Henry 3. Omar Ahmad 4. Jordan Yarbrough 5. Troy Young
6.85m 6.81m 6.58m 6.53m 6.31m
22-5.75 22-4.25 21-7.25 21-5.25 20-8.50
2004 2011 2008 2010 2005
Triple Jump 1. Omar Ahmad 2. John Bellard 3. Courtney Henry 4. Delano Loritts 5. Will Beasley
13.62m 13.12m 12.80m 12.61m 12.56m
44-8.25 43-0.50 42-0.00 41-4.50 41-2.50
2008 2012 2010 2012 2009
Current Athletes in BOLD
MEN’S RECORDS UNC Asheville Men’s Top Five Indoor Times Shot Put 1. Brian MacPhee 2. Nathan Hedgepeth 3. Simon Haake 4. Daniel Corriher 5. Adam Chacon
16.17m 16.03m 14.21m 14.01m 14.00m
0.75 53-0.75 52-77 -7.50 46-7.50 11.75 45-11.75 11.25 45-11.25
2001 2004 2011 2008 1999
Weight Throw 1. Clint Barden 2. Brian MacPhee 3. Kurt Hibert 4. Simon Haake 5. Adam Chacon
16.22m 15.92m 15.50m 15.45m 14.55m
53-22 2.75 52-2.75 10.25 50-10.25 8.25 50-8.25 47-99
2002 2001 2012 2011 2002
Pole Vault 1. Ian Boyd 2. Kelvin Howard 3. Michael Eitelberg 4. K.C. Radford 5. Dane Horne
4.10m 3.66m 3.65m 3.51m 3.05m
-5.25 13-5.25 12-00 11.75 11-11.75 11-66 10-00
2010 2000 2001 2007 1999
WOMENâ€™S RECORDS UNC Asheville Womenâ€™s Top Five Outdoor Times 100 Meters 1. Natalie Pearson 2. Tanya Harris 3. Eureka Jones 4. Jazmyn Williams Wind Aided Natalie Pearson Tanya Harris Jennifer Harrison
11.60 12.81 12.84 12.88
2010 2006 2010 2004
1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
11.59 12.53 12.76
2011 2005 2001
23.47 24.77 25.50 26.09 26.17
2010 2006 1999 2010 2012
54.95 57.65 59.33 59.66 59.68
2006 2012 1999 2007 2010
2:10.69 2:10.87 2:16.73 2:17.66 2 :17.81
2001 2012 2003 2010 2011
4:33.89 4:34.22 4:38.18 4:39.05 4:39.09
2003 1999 2004 2001 2011
9:52.08 9:56.55 10:11.50 10:17.24 10:20.29
2004 1999 1997 2003 1997
1. Natalie Pearson 2. Tanya Harris 3. Tia Hill 4. Eureka Jones 5. Sarah Gentry Wind Aided Natalie Pearson 400 Meters
1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Tanya Harris Sarah Gentry Tia Hill Erika Walker Eureka Jones
1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Zola Davis Sarah Gentry Devon Nemire-Pepe Alyska Kalmeijer Melanie Kulesz
17:10.86 17:20.10 17:20.46 17:30.11 17:35.90
1997 1999 2004 2004 1998
35:44.00 36:38.98 36:56.61 37:42.70 38:14.40
1998 2004 2012 2012 1999
15.16 15.16 15.22 15.26 15.60
2004 2003 1996 2012 1996
400 Hurdles 1. Marlene Silva 2. Molly Harkavy 3. Diana Manee 4. Marlene Gardner 5. Whitney Stafford
1:03.71 1:04.50 1:04.54 1:05.06 1:06.27
1996 2012 2003 1994 2010
3000 Steeplechase 1. Emma Bussard 2. Micki Logue 3. Joyce Cacka 4. Rachael Ambrosia
10:53.29 11:46.54 12:27.90 12:37.67
2011 2001 1996 2009
1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Emily Olinger Mandy Becker Micki Logue Loring Watkins Becky Vonderhaar Becky Vonderhaar Macy Little Melanie Kulesz Adrian Etheridge Jenn Grooms
100 Meter Hurdles
1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Anna Walker Laura Lewandowski Marlene Silva Molly Harkavy Rhi Dundee
1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Loring Watkins Mandy Becker Micki Logue Zola Davis Melanie Kulesz
1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Micki Logue Mandy Becker Emily Olinger Macy Little Becky Vonderhaar
Current Athletes in BOLD
4x100 Relay 1. Clodfelter, Pearson, Gentry, Jones 48.39 2010 2. Knight, Thompson, Walker, Harrison 49.78 2001 3. Harris, Lewandowski, Thompson, Manee 49.79 2003 4. Rodevick, Hill, Thompson, Harrison 50.20 2000
WOMEN’S RECORDS UNC Asheville Women’s Top Five Outdoor Times Discus 1. Crystal Goure 2. Garette Hunter 3. Ashley Southern 4. Molly deMattos 5. Emily Pineda
4 x 400 Meter Relay
1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Lewandowski, Harris, Thompson, Manee 3:58.16 2003 Harris, Scheifer, Walker, Allstaedt 4:00.65 2006 Gentry, Jones, Stafford, Kalmeijer 4:00.78 2010 Gentry, Harkavy, Pineda, Kalmeijer 4:00.93 2012 Harris, Allstaedt, Carberry, Mase 4:01.16 2005
1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Meredith Foster Corrie Trotter Rhi Dundee Crystal Goure Lauren Baker
1.65m 1.60m 1.59m 1.57m 1.55m
Lisa Roberts Brooke Thompson Rhi Dundee Jenny Bain Laura Lewandowski
5.43m 5.39m 5.21m 5.11m 5.07m
147-1 137-5 134-1 129-1 126-3
2001 2004 2000 2001 2012
Hammer Throw 1. Crystal Goure 47.07m 2. Corey McClintock 45.99m 3. Michelle Ray 45.39m 4. Tish Franklin 41.78m 5. Natalie Williams 40.00m
154-5 150-11 148-11 137-1 131-3
2004 2012 2000 2002 2006
160-8 130-7 114-11 109-4 102-3
2004 2011 1998 1995 2000
4426 4169 3945 3700
2002 2002 2001 2007
5-5 5-3 5-2.50 5-1.75 5-1.00
2012 2007 1996 2001 2012
Javelin 1. Crystal Goure 2. Ashlei Clodfelter 3. Heather Polgar 4. Kristi Cummings 5. Amy Pearson
17-9.75 17-8.25 17-1.25 16-9.25 16-7.75
1994 2003 1996 1999 2003
Heptathlon 1. Laura Lewandowski 2. Brooke Thompson 3. Crystal Goure 4. Morgan Weeks
39-7.75 35-7.25 35-5.25 34-11 34-8.25
1994 1999 2010 2000 2002
10-0 8-0 6-11.75
2001 1999 2000
1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
44.84m 41.89m 40.86m 39.36m 38.48m
48.98m 39.80m 35.02m 33.33m 31.17m
1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Lisa Roberts Jenny Bain Ashlei Clodfelter Brooke Thompson Ahunna Onwuzurki
12.08m 10.85m 10.80m 10.64m 10.57m
1. Crystal Goure 2. Jenny Bain 3. Shanley Ressler
3.05m 2.44m 2.13m
1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Crystal Durham Garette Hunter Laura Lewandowski Tish Franklin Crystal Goure
12.90m 12.85m 12.45m 12.33m 11.24m
42-4 42-2 40-10.25 40-5.50 36-10.50
1993 2002 2002 2000 2001
Odd Events 4 x 800 Relay 1. 2.
Allstaedt, Mase, Duncan, Scheifer 9:46.82 2006 Nemire-Pepe, Watkins, Carberry, Scheifer? 9:57.10 2003
Distance Medley Relay 1. ?,?,?,? 2. ?,?,?,?
12:30.34 1998 12:45.82 1997
4 x 1500 Relay 1. ?,?,?,? 2. ?,?,?,?
20:00.29 1997 20:02.25 2005
INDOOR UNC Asheville Womenâ€™s Top Five Indoor Times 55 Meters 1. Natalie Pearson 2. Tanya Harris 3. Jazmyn Williams 4. Donetta Floyd 5. Eureka Jones
7.08 7.40 7.51 7.55 7.60
2007 2006 2004 2002 2010
55 Meter Hurdles 1. Laura Lewandowski 2. Molly Harkavy 3. Anna Walker 4. Rhi Dundee 5. Brooke Thompson
8.50 8.65 8.73 8.98 9.03
2004 2011 2004 1996 2002
60 Meters 1. Natalie Pearson 2. Tanya Harris 3. Jazmyn Williams 4. Jennifer Harrison 5. Eureka Jones
7.54 7.99 8.17 8.28 8.29
2007 2006 2004 2001 2010
60 Meter Hurdles 1. Anna Walker 2. Molly Harkavy 3. Laura Lewandowski 4. Rhi Dundee 5. Ashlei Clodfelter
9.19 9.32 9.37 9.43 9.49
2004 2012 2003 1996 2011
200 Meters 1. Natalie Pearson 2. Tanya Harris 3. Diana Manee 4. Jazmyn Williams 5. Brooke Thompson
24.79 25.21 26.42 26.64 26.66
2009 2006 2004 2004 2003
400 Meters 1. Tanya Harris 2. Natalie Pearson 3. Katharina Riesenberg 4. Sarah Gentry 5. Carleigh Knight
56.14 57.76 58.71 59.85 1:00.75
2006 2008 2006 2010 2002
800 Meters 1. Sarah Gentry 2. Zola Davis 3. Tiffany Carberry 4. Siobhan Keenan 5. Marlene Silva
2:11.40 2:17.18 2:18.00 2:19.65 2:20.71
2012 2001 2004 1997 1995
Mile 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Micki Logue Zola Davis Loring Watkins Mandy Becker Melanie Kulesz
4:59.82 5:04.18 5:04.37 5:04.71 5:04.78
2004 2001 2003 1999 2011
3,000 Meters 1. Micki Logue 2. Loring Watkins 3. Melanie Kulesz 4. Mandy Becker 5. Emma Bussard
10:05.18 10:07.94 10:10.38 10:12.81 10:14.05
2004 2003 2011 2000 2012
5,000 Meters 1. Becky Vonderhaar 2. Macy Little 3. Melanie Kulesz 4. Emma Bussard 5. Mandy Becker
17:36.60 17:52.62 17:56.59 17:59.49 18:04.36
1998 2003 2011 2012 2000
4 x 400 Meter Relay 1. Gentry, Harkavy, Pineda, Kalmeijer 4:00.51 2012 2. Manee, Thompson, Lewandowski, Harris 4:00.81 2003 3. Gentry,Pearson,Pineda,Kalmeijer 4:02.03 2011 4. Harris, I. Allstaedt, Carberry, Mase 4:02.63 2005 5. Walker, Allstaedt, Riesenberg, Weeks 4:05.13 2007 Distance Medley Relay 1. Logue, Hill , Davis, Wicke 12:21.60 2. Powell, Harkavy, Gentry, Etheridge 12:25.92 3. Powell,Gentry,Kalmeijer,Smith 12:27.99 4. Bussard, Harkavy, Gentry, Kulesz 12:31.18 5. Stanford, Rassler, Mooney, Becker 12:32.01 High Jump 1. Crystal Goure 2. Meredith Foster 3. Rhi Dundee 4. Lauren Baker 5. Brooke Thompson
1.68m 1.65m 1.63m 1.60m 1.58m
5-6.00 5-5.00 5-4.25 5-3.00 5-2.25
Long Jump 1. Brooke Thompson 5.21m 17-1 2. Jenny Bain 5.15m 16-10 3. Ashlei Clodfelter 5.04m 16-6.50 4. Laura Lewandowski 5.00m 16-5 5. Morgan Weeks 4.82m 15-9.75
2001 2012 2011 2012 1999
2001 2012 1996 2012 2002
2002 1999 2012 2002 2008
Current Athletes in BOLD
WOMEN’S RECORDS UNC Asheville Women’s Top Five Indoor Times Triple Jump 1. Ashlei Clodfelter 2. Jenny Bain 3. Brooke Thompson 4. Ahunna Onwuzurki 5. Samia Fercha
11.81m 10.85m 10.61m 10.08m 9.60m
38-9 35-7 34-9 33-1 31-6
2011 1999 2000 2002 1998
Shot Put 1. Garrett Hunter 12.67m 2. Tish Franklin 12.12m 3. Tia Hill 11.99m 4. Laura Lewandowski 11.80m 5. Jessica Keys 11.35m
41-7 39-9 39-4 38-8 37-3
2003 2002 2001 2002 1999
Weight Throw 1. Crystal Goure 2. Michelle Ray 3. Tish Franklin 4. Corey McClintock 5. Molly deMattos
48-9 45-6 44-11.75 .75 44-3.50 50 43-11
2003 2000 2002 2012 2001
14.86m 13.88m 13.71m 13.50m 13.31m
Pole Vault 1. Crystal Goure 3.05m 2. Laura Lewandowski 2.30m 3. Jenny Bain 2.16m 4. Shanley Ressler 2.15m Pentathlon 1. Morgan Weeks
10-0 7-6 7-1 7-0.50
2001 2001 1999 2000
Melanie Kulesz finished second at the 2011 Indoor Big South Conference Championship in the 3,000 meters
NCAA QUALIFIERS NATALIE PEARSON - SPRINTER Honorable Mention All-American – 200 Meters (2010, 2011) NCAA Qualifier – 200 Meters (2010, 2011) East Regional Qualifier – 100 & 200 meters (2009, 2010, 2011) Big South Conference Track And Field Athlete of the Year (2010, 2011) Big South Conference Most Outstanding Female Track for Outdoor (2010) Top Female Collegiate Athlete in Western North Carolina (2010) Outdoor Big South Conference Champion – 200 meters (2010, 2011) Big South All Conference Indoor – 60 meters (2009, 2011) Big South All-Conference Indoor – 200 meters (2009, 2001) Big South All Conference Outdoor- 100 meters (2010) Indoor Big South Conference Champion – 60 meters (2007) Big South Indoor Freshman of the Year (2006)
SIMON HAAKE - JAVELIN East Regional Qualifier (2010, 2011) Big South All Conference (2011) Ranked nationally (2010, 2011) Big South All Academic Team Indoor Track (2010, 2011) Big South All Academic Team Outdoor Track (2010, 2011)
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING UNC Asheville Featured in Princeton Review’s “The Best 376 Colleges” UNC Asheville is featured in the Princeton Review’s “The Best 376 Colleges – 2012 Edition,” and also included on several “best of” lists within the annual guidebook released today. The Princeton Review ranked the top 15 percent of colleges and universities, based on a survey of 122,000 students who provide candid assessments of their institutions. The Princeton Review praised UNC Asheville as offering a “top-notch academic experience,” citing the liberal arts curriculum, challenging course material, and professors who are devoted and passionate about their fields of study. “The professors’ enthusiasm for each course is contagious,” said a student quoted in the guide. An environmental studies major added, “The classes are small enough that the professors know you by name and seem to care if you do well … tutoring sessions are free and plentiful.” UNC Asheville also received a high “quality of life” ranking of 92 (scale maximum is 99). Students told the Princeton Review that they love living and eating in Asheville and the guide lists UNC Asheville as #16 on its national “best of” lists for the categories “Town-Gown Relations are Great,” and “Great College Towns.” Residence life, outdoor recreation, athletics and opportunities for relaxing in downtown Asheville were among the features commended for rounding out the college experience at UNC Asheville. Earlier this year, the Princeton Review ranked UNC Asheville as one of the nation’s 50 “Best Value” public colleges, and “A Best in the Southeast.” This assessment is echoed by other prominent college rankings. In July, the “Fiske Guide to Colleges” called UNC Asheville “one of the best education bargains in the country.” UNC Asheville was also named one of America’s “10 Best Colleges for the Money” by bankrate.com, and praised for quality and value by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, and in the most recent edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges.”
Fiske Guide Gives High Marks to UNC Asheville and its Environmental Studies Program UNC Asheville is once again ranked among the nation’s top colleges in the 2012 edition of the “Fiske Guide to Colleges” published in July. The Fiske Guide calls UNC Asheville “one of the best educational bargains in the country.” “This public liberal arts university offers all the perks that are generally associated with pricier private institutions: rigorous academics, small classes, and a beautiful setting,” says the Fiske Guide, noting that UNC Asheville provides all this for a fraction of the cost of a private college. “I have been astounded by the quality of the teaching,” said a senior quoted in the guide. “There are no teaching assistants, only professors, and a large majority of them have the highest degree in their field.” In addition, for the eighth consecutive year, UNC Asheville’s Environmental Studies Program was named to the Fiske Guide’s list of pre-professional programs with unusual strength in preparing students for careers. Students in UNC Asheville’s program learn to address environmental issues through a multidisciplinary approach that includes biology, ecology, geology, chemistry, physics, economics, public policy, and other natural and social sciences. Undergraduate research is an important feature of the curriculum, and the Environmental Studies Department stresses on-the-job internships in organizations involved with environmental issues. Earlier this year, UNC Asheville was named one of America’s “10 Best Colleges for the Money” by bankrate.com. The university was ranked among the nation’s 50 “2011 Best Value Colleges” by the Princeton Review, and listed among the top 100 public colleges by Kiplinger Personal Finance. The most recent edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” praised UNC Asheville’s faculty for its “unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching,” and ranked UNC Asheville 5th in the nation on the “Up-and-Comers” list of liberal arts colleges.
UNC Asheville Ranked 8th Among Nation’s Top Public Liberal Arts Colleges by U.S. News & World Report UNC Asheville received high marks in the 2012 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges,” released September 13. The new survey ranks UNC Asheville as the eighth best public liberal arts college in the nation. U.S. News & World Report ranked 252 liberal arts colleges, 225 private and 27 public, in this year’s survey. The annual college rankings look at a range of measures, including academic reputation, commitment to instruction, student abilities and admissions selectivity, college financial resources, graduation and retention rates, and alumni financial support. Said UNC Asheville Chancellor Anne Ponder, “It is always gratifying to be recognized for the great work our faculty and staff undertake every day as we challenge and inspire our students to great scholarship, research and service. It is especially rewarding, in this economic climate, to be able to assure access to a stellar educational experience for all students, regardless of their financial situation. These rankings affirm our continued success in both endeavors.” UNC Asheville was also again recognized by U.S. News & World Report for affordability as measured by student debt.The university ranked 22nd among 252 private and public national liberal arts colleges for least debt among students graduating in 2010. The U.S. News & World Report rankings are among several accolades UNC Asheville has recently received. In August 2011, Forbes magazine ranked UNC Asheville 26th in the nation on its “Top 100 Best Buy Colleges” roster. Also in August, UNC Asheville was included in the Princeton Review’s new edition of “The Best 376 Colleges” and as ranked as one of 20 institutions that have “Great College Towns.” In July 2011, the “Fiske Guide to Colleges” ranked UNC Asheville among the nation’s top colleges, and for the eighth consecutive year, UNC Asheville’s Environmental Studies Program was among 29 in the nation that showed unusual strength in preparing students for careers. In June 2011, UNC Asheville was named one of America’s “10 Best Colleges for the Money” by Bankrate.com, a leading online source of financial information. UNC Asheville was the only college in North Carolina to earn a place on this list. In January 2011, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance again ranked UNC Asheville among the nation’s top 100 public colleges for its combination of outstanding education with economic value.
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Dr. Anne Ponder Chancellor University of North Carolina Asheville Dr. Anne Ponder became the sixth Chancellor of the University of North Carolina Asheville in October 2005. Chancellor Ponder is a native of Asheville and a lifelong educator. She earned her bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in English from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She began her academic career at Elon College (now Elon University) in North Carolina, where she was the first woman and first pretenure professor to receive the Daniels-Danieley Award for Excellence in Teaching. During her nine years at Elon, she taught English and communications, and founded the college’s Honors Program. She later joined Guilford College in North Carolina, where she was an associate professor of English and interdisciplinary studies and served as associate academic dean. At Kenyon College in Ohio, she served as professor of English and drama, academic dean, adding ‘vice president for information technology’ to her portfolio. In 1995, she was selected to become president at Colby-Sawyer College, a private liberal arts college in New London, N.H., where she would serve for ten years. At UNC Asheville, Chancellor Ponder has led a campuswide collaboration resulting in a five-year Strategic Plan and then implemented an administrative reorganization that focuses University resources on the Strategic Plan’s highest priorities. As part of that strategy, the UNC Asheville campus now serves as the new national headquarters for the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges. Chancellor Ponder 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 has written a chapter on strategic planning for the book “Leading America’s Branch Campuses,” edited by Samuel Schuman and published by the American Council on Education. In addition to serving the University, Chancellor Ponder is member of the Mission Hospitals Audit Committee and the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. She also serves as a member of the Asheville Community and Economic Development Alliance. Chancellor Ponder is the daughter of the late Herschel and Eleanor Ponder, both of whom traced their Asheville family roots back to the 1780s. She is married to Christopher Brookhouse, an award-winning writer and publisher previously on the English faculty at UNC Chapel Hill.
Janet R. Cone Director of Athletics Senior Administrator for University Enterprises
Janet R. Cone is in her eighth year as Director of Athletics at UNC Asheville. She also serves as the school as Senior Administrator for University Enterprises.
Last 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. Two years ago, Chancellor Anne Ponder appointed Cone to the newly-created position of Senior Administrator for University Enterprises. In this position, Cone oversees the Wilma Sherrill Center, manage specific community relationships and serve as a member of UNC Asheville’s fundraising team. She continues as a member of the Chancellor’s Senior Staff and assists Chancellor Ponder in more closely aligning the university with the North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement. In 2009, Cone created the Asheville Sports Commission to help bring athletic events to the Asheville area. Her leadership helped land the Southern Conference men’s and women’s basketball tournament to return to Asheville starting in 2012. Student-Athletes have excelled in the classroom under Cone’s leadership. In 2004, she created the Athletic Director’s 3.0 + Club that recognizes all student-athletes who make a 3.0 or better grade point average each semester. More than 700 student-athletes have made the club during Cone’s six years, and in 2009-10, a record number of student-athletes earned that distinction. During that same time period, more than 600 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 have earned this impressive academic distinction. The Department of Athletics has also successfully hosted two Big South Conference Tournaments that produced revenue for the school. Cone has overseen construction projects that has dramatically improved the facilities in which UNC Asheville’s Bulldog student-athletes compete and train. (1) The Wilma Sherrill Center for Health and Wellness/Kimmel Arena was finished last spring and is being used this semester. Funded partly through a $35 million state appropriation, Cone helped raise more than seven 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 on campus, attract major venue speakers and performances, and will secure a future home for men’s and women’s basketball teams. The inaugural game in Kimmel Arena will be against UNC Chapel Hill on Nov. 13 and that game will be nationally televised by ESPNU. (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 was completed n the fall of 2009. The facility has been the home of Bulldog men’s and women’s tennis for the past two seasons and this spring will host the Big South Conference men’s and women’s tennis tournaments for the first time in school history. 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. UNC Asheville 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 benefits from each and every day.”
In 2006-07, three different teams UNC Asheville teams won Big South Conference championships and advance to the NCAA Tournament. In May of 2006, the Bulldog baseball team completed an amazing run with their 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 top-seed UNC Chapel Hill in the College Cup. In March of 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 web-site, 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 of 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 of 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 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 Budget, Compliance, Ad Hoc Committee on Publicity and Promotions and the Baseball, Men’s and Women’s Basketball and Men’s Soccer Committees. In the spring of 2006, Cone was named to the NCAA Women’s Basketball Issues Committee. Starting in September, she will begin a four-year term on the NCAA Division I Leadership Council. In July of 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.
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 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, South Carolina. She was a four-year 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 last fall. 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.
MIKE GORE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS Mike Gore is in his 26th 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. 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. 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.
TERRI BRNE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS / SENIOR WOMEN’S ADMINISTRATOR Terri Brne begins her sixth year at UNC Asheville. She serves as Associate Athletics Director of Internal Affairs and is also the athletic department’s Director of Compliance and Sport Oversight. Brne came to UNC Asheville in the fall of 2006. She is responsible for the interpretation of rules by the NCAA and Big South Conference. Brne 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. In addition, Brne is the administrator for men’s and women’s soccer and baseball. She also serves as the Game Administrator for women’s basketball. The Illinois native was an assistant basketball coach at both South Dakota State and St. Andrews Presbyterian College. While at St. Andrews, she assisted in NCAA Compliance in NCAA Compliance. Brne earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education from Illinois State. She earned her Master’s degree at Tarleton State in Exercise and Sports Studies and is currently completing a doctorate in Sports Administration.
Judith Bohan Business Manager
Joe Burnette Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach
Brett Carey Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach
Mary Casey Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach
Megan Hammonds Assistant Athletic Trainer, ATC
Tom Hand Assistant Tennis Coach
Pat Bryant Director of Development
Dr. Herman Holt Faculty Athletics Representative
Rebecca Nelms-Keil Director of Student Athlete Affairs
Nick McDevitt Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach
Donna Peek Administrative Assistant
Matt Pellegrin Director of Athletics Media Communications
Aaron Sanders Director of Sherrill Center
Erin Punter-Spence Director of Marketing and Promotions
Harmon Turner Ticket Manager
Tim White Head Athletic Trainer, ATC
Eddie Biedenbach Men’s Basketball 16th Year as head coach
Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick Women’s Basketball 1st year as head coach
Michele Demko Women’s Soccer 2nd year as head coach
Matt Kern Men’s Soccer 2nd year as head coach
Tom Smith Baseball 3rd year as head coach
Jesse Norman Cross Country/Track 5th year as head coach
Lise Gregory Tennis 5th year as head coach
Elizabeth Lykins Women’s Swimming 1st year as head coach
Frederico Santos Volleyball 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.
THE NCAA Dead period:
Important NCAA Terms A prospective student-athlete is a student who has started classes for the ninth grade. In addition, a student who has not started classes for the ninth grade becomes a prospective student-athlete if the institution provides such an individual (or the individual’s relatives or friends) any financial assistance or other benefits that the institution does not provide to prospective students generally. An individual remains a prospective student-athlete until one of the following occurs (whichever is earlier): (a) The individual officially registers and enrolls in a minimum full-time program of studies and attends classes in any term of a four-year collegiate institution’s regular academic year (excluding summer); or (b) The individual participates in a regular squad practice or competition at a four-year collegiate institution that occurs before the beginning of any term; or (Revised: 1/11/89, 1/10/90) (c) The individual officially registers and enrolls and attends classes during the summer prior to initial enrollment. (Adopted: 4/28/05, Revised: 1/17/09)
Contact: A contact is any face-to-face encounter between a prospective student-athlete or the prospective student-athlete’s parents, relatives or legal guardians and an institutional staff member or athletics representative during which any dialogue occurs in excess of an exchange of a greeting. Any such face-to-face encounter that is prearranged (e.g., staff member positions himself or herself in a location where contact is possible) or that takes place on the grounds of the prospective student-athlete’s educational institution or at the site of organized competition or practice involving the prospective student-athlete or the prospective studentathlete’s high school, preparatory school, two-year college or all-star team shall be considered a contact, regardless of whether any conversation occurs. However, an institutional staff member or athletics representative who is approached by a prospective student-athlete or the prospective student-athlete’s parents, relatives or legal guardians at any location shall not use a contact, provided the encounter was not prearranged and the staff member or athletics representative does not engage in any dialogue in excess of a greeting and takes appropriate steps to immediately terminate the encounter.
Contact Period: A contact period is that period of time when it is permissible for authorized athletics department staff members to make in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts and evaluations.
Evaluation: Evaluation is any off-campus activity designed to assess the academic qualifications or athletics ability of a prospective student-athlete, including any visit to a prospective student-athlete’s educational institution (during which no contact occurs) or the observation of a prospective student-athlete participating in any practice or competition at any site.
Evaluation Period: An evaluation period is a period of time when it is permissible for authorized athletics department staff members to be involved in off-campus activities designed to assess the academic qualifications and playing ability of prospective studentathletes. No in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts shall be made with the prospective student-athlete during an evaluation period.
Quiet Period: A quiet period is a period of time when it is permissible to make in-person recruiting contacts only on the institution’s campus. No in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts or evaluations may be made during the quiet period.
A dead period is a period of time when it is not permissible to make in-person recruiting contacts or evaluations on or off the institution’s campus or to permit official or unofficial visits by prospective student-athletes to the institution’s campus. The provision of complimentary admissions to a prospective studentathlete during a dead period is prohibited, except as provided in Bylaw 126.96.36.199 for a prospective student-athlete who visits an institution as part of a group. During a dead period, a coaching staff member may not serve as a speaker at or attend a meeting or banquet at which prospective student-athletes are in attendance, except as provided in Bylaw 188.8.131.52, and may not visit a prospective student-athlete’s educational institution. It remains permissible, however, for an institutional staff member to write or telephone a prospective student-athlete during a dead period.
Initial Eligibility: A student-athlete who enrolls in a member institution as an entering freshman with no previous full-time college attendance shall meet specific NCAA academic requirements, as certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center, as approved by the Executive Committee, and any applicable institutional and conference regulations, to be considered a qualifier and thus be eligible for financial aid, practice and competition during the first academic year in residence. For further information please visit, www.eligibilitycenter.org.
Frequently Asked Questions What is the National Letter of Intent (NLI)? The NLI is a contract between a prospect and an institution. By signing a NLI, a prospect agrees to attend UNC Asheville for at least one academic year. In exchange, UNC Asheville must provide athletic financial aid for one academic year. The NLI early signing period for Basketball, Baseball, Tennis and Volleyball is November 10-17, 2010.The regular signing period for Basketball is April 13 - May 18, 2011. The regular signing period for Baseball, Tennis and Volleyball is April 13August 1, 2011.The NLI signing period for Soccer and Track is February 2-August 1, 2011. The NLI regular signing period for all other sports is April 13-August 1 2011. For more information, visit the NLI website: http://www.ncaa.org/wps/ wcm/connect/nli/nli. What is the difference between an official visit and unofficial visit? After opening day of classes of the prospect’s senior year, the prospect may take five official visits to different Division I or II schools. Before the visit, the prospect must present a high school transcript, proof of SAT, ACT, PACT, PSAT test to UNC Asheville, register with the NCAA Eligibility Center, and be placed on the Institution’s IRL. An official visit may not occur if the prospect is not registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center. Official visits are paid in part and extended by UNC Asheville coaches only. All visits must be comparable to normal student life. Prospects may make unlimited number of unofficial visits and may visit UNC Asheville anytime except during a dead period. Prospects are solely responsible for all expenses of unofficial visits. However, prospects may receive three complimentary admissions to any home athletic contest, excluding Big South Conference Post Season Tournaments. What is the NCAA Eligibility Center? It is the agency that certifies both a prospect’s academic and amateur eligibility for Division I and II. A prospect should register with the NCAA Eligibility Center at the beginning of their senior year in high school. Visit the NCAA Eligibility Center website for registration information.
This is a brief summary of regulations which outlines the basic recruiting rules to help prospective student-athletes and parents better understand the recruiting process. UNC Asheville is committed to recruiting and conducting its athletics program with the highest level of integrity. If you have any questions about NCAA rules, please contact Terri Brne, Associate Athletics Director, at 828-251-6930.
THE B.A.A. 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.
“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.” --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!” --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 www.uncabulldogs.com