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Assistant Basketball Coach
Dallas Floyd Phoenix Arena
Athletic Department
B.S., Howard University
M.S., Belmont University

A native of Nashville, Tenn., Ross Fleming joins Cumberland out of Howard University in Washington, DC – where he was a head manager for the Bison men’s basketball program. At Howard, he was a part of the 2018-19 squad which made its first postseason appearance since 1992 when it competed in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) event. Fleming assisted in the player development for several All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference selections, including an Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American and a pair of MEAC Players of the Year.

Fleming spent the 2020-2021 college basketball season as the Video Coordinator for the UT Martin Skyhawks. In that season, He worked on film breakdown and accurately maintained statistical analysis for individual players and the team.

In the summer of 2021, Fleming returned to Nashville and joined the Boys Basketball Staff at Battle Ground Academy as an Assistant Coach. Since joining the program at BGA, he has helped to rebuild the program. In two seasons on staff, the program saw success on all levels (Varsity, JV, 9th) and put the program in position to be successful in future seasons. Fleming had a helping hand in developing several all-district players including the 2023 District MVP and Mr. Basketball Nominee.

Before Cumberland, Fleming had stints with PSB Nashville and EAB Tennessee AAU Programs.

Fleming earned his bachelor’s degree in human performance from Howard University in 2020 and his Master’s Degree in Sports Administration from Belmont University in 2023.



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Assistant Football Offensive Coordinator
Football Athletic Training Building
Athletic Department
B.S., Middle Tennessee State University
M.A., Tennessee Technological University
Specialist in Education, Leadership, Tennessee Technological University

Bobby Brown starts his 10th season as an assistant coach at Cumberland University in 2022. He primarily works with the defensive backs and is in the booth on game days.

Prior to working with defensive backs, Brown coached the Phoenix Running Backs. CU running backs averaged 126.2 yards per game and scored 17 touchdowns during a 7-4 campaign in 2013. Fullback Michael Nwokoji garnered First Team All-Mid-South Conference honors while amassing 523 yards on 120 carries with seven TDs in just seven games before an injury cut his season short. Fredrel Cross posted 450 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 6.7 yards-per-carry in only four contests in the back field.

In 2014 Cumberland averaged 201.5 yards per game on the ground, with Blake DeBoard leading the running back group with 458 yards and four touchdowns in nine outings, earning First Team All-MSC accolades. Fullbacks Brandon Mallory and George Nwokoji combined for 421 yards and seven touchdowns as well.

CU ranked 29th nationally in total rushing offense (2,021 yards) and 31st in rushing offense per game (183.7) in 2015 behind 691 yards and six touchdowns from Austin Chaplin, who earned Second Team All-MSC West Division honors. Moses Cornelius rushed for 499 yards and six TDs in the final six games of the year as well.

In 2016 the Phoenix ranked 11th in the country in rushing offense per game (232.4) and 13th in total rushing offense (2,556), with five players finishing with more than 330 yards on the ground. Dezmon Huntley paced the club with 745 yards and six touchdowns in just seven games while Kris Parker led the club with eight rushing TDs and posted 343 yards on just 64 attempts, 5.4 yards-per-carry.

This past season the Phoenix ranked sixth in the nation in rushing offense per game (260.7) and total rushing offense (2,868). Thirty-five of the team’s 54 touchdowns were scored on the ground, with sophomore Kimlee North earning First Team All-Mid-South Conference honors and Parker adding Second Team accolades. The duo combined for 1,141 yards and 11 touchdowns (515 yards on 72 carries, 7.2 yards-per-attempt, eight touchdowns for North).

The Watertown, Tenn., native is no stranger to the middle Tennessee area, serving nine seasons as head coach at Lebanon High School and eight years as an assistant coach at Trousdale County High School.

While at LHS, he served as Assistant Principal, teacher and head coach for two years and Assistant Principal, Co-Athletic Director and head coach for three years. Brown posted a 44-51 mark at Lebanon, with three teams finishing with winning records: 2003 (6-5), 2004 (9-3) and 2006 (6-5). Four of his teams advanced to the TSSAA postseason.

In 2010 the Blue Devils rushed for 3,042 yards, the high-water mark for the past 25 years, and averaged 26.5 points per game. Brown’s nine-year tenure at Lebanon was the longest at the local school since the mid 1960’s. Prior to his stint at LHS, he was an assistant coach for eight seasons (six as defensive coordinator) at Trousdale County under Clint Satterfield.

Brown received his bachelor’s in Business Education with a minor in Secondary Education and Business Administration from Middle Tennessee State University in 1994. He earned a master’s in Administration and Supervision from Tennessee Tech in 2000. He also received a Specialist in Education Degree in Instructional Leadership from Tennessee Tech in 2010.



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Assistant Football Coach
Football Athletic Training Building
Athletic Department
B.A.., Elmhurst College

Matt Moriarty was hired as the Defensive Line Coach/Run Game Coordinator at Cumberland on Feb. 27, 2023. Moriarty spent the 2022 season as the Defensive Tackles coach at the University of North Alabama.

At UNA, Moriarty mentored a group that featured ASUN All-Conference selection Micah Bland.

Prior to the UNA, Moriarty served in the same capacity as Defensive Tackles Coach at Drake University in 2021. Moriarty coached a defensive group that featured two Pioneer League All-Conference selections in Max Johnson & Jake Hoper as well as rank top 10 in FCS in Red Zone Defense (5th) & 3rd Down Conversion Pct Def (9th).

Moriarty came to Drake after being a defensive assistant at Samford University during the 2021 covid spring season. At Samford, Moriarty helped mentor a defensive front that ranked 3rd in the SoCon in sacks (7) as well as 2 All SoCon selections in Armond Lloyd & Nelson Jordan.

Moriarty spent the 2019 & 2020 season at Northern Illinois University as a special teams quality control assistant. In 2020 Freshman All American Trayvon Rudolph, ranked 1st in the MAC and 2nd in the country in return yards (725). Moriarty also mentored NIU’s all-time leading and All MAC punter Matt Ference, who Averaged 41.2 yards per punt in 10 games, including a career-best 43.0 yards on 65 punts.

In 2018 Moriarty was a defensive line graduate assistant at Central Michigan. CMU’s Defense that season would rank top 30 in the nation in 4th down defense (27th) and red zone defense (28th). CMU ranked 36th in total defense as well. Moriarty helped mentor a Defensive front that consisted of All MAC selection Nathan Brison-Fast and Mike Danna. Danna would go on to be drafted in the 5th round by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2020.

Prior to CMU, Moriarty spent time at the Junior College & Division 3 level coaching Defensive Line.

Moriarty played collegiately at Harper Junior College located in Palatine, IL as an offensive and defensive lineman. There he was a part of the 2008 NJCAA national championship team. After Harper he finished his playing career at Elmhurst College.

A native of Naperville, Illinois, Moriarty graduated from Elmhurst College in 2014 with a degree in communications.



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Adjunct Instructor of Athletic Training
Main Athletic Training Building
Adjunct Faculty
Athletic Department
A.S., West Kentucky Community &
B.S.A.T., Murray State University
M.S.., Auburn University
D.P.T., Belmont University


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Assistant Track and Field Coach
Phoenix Plaza
Athletic Department
B.S., Middle Tennessee State University

Cecilia Francis begins her first season as the Assistant Coach of the Cumberland track and field program after a very successful stint as a student-athlete and coach at Middle Tennessee State.

Prior to Cumberland, Francis served as an athletic coaching intern on the Middle Tennessee State University track & field team for one semester. During her tenure as a student intern, Francis helped recruit, manage resources, enforce discipline, and plan/schedule programs for practices. She trained three athletes to achieve All-American titles and five Conference USA champions.

Francis is a very well decorated athlete; she was a world championship representative and an All-African Games gold medalist for Nigeria in the women’s 4 x 100m relay in 2015. At MTSU, she was a Dean’s List student four times, Women’s track & field commissioner’s honor roll member three times, and a Conference USA Female Athlete of the week winner three times.

A native of Lagos, Nigeria, Francis earned her bachelor’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University in the spring of 2022 in Physical Education with a minor in Athletics Coaching.



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Assistant Men's Soccer Coach
CU Soccer Field
Athletic Department
B.B.A., Cumberland University
M.S.A., Belmont University

Julian Lucumi enters his first season as the Cumberland Men’s Soccer Assistant Coach in 2023.  

Lucumi played his senior season at Cumberland after transferring from Belmont University. He started in eight games and appeared in 16 as a defender. He scored five goals, fourth-best on the team, to help Cumberland to the 2018 Mid-South Conference Championship and an NAIA National Tournament appearance. 

After his playing days, Lucumi started coaching and working at Belmont’s Men’s Soccer Camps assisting with preparation for training. From there, he went on to coach at Barca Academy in Nashville where he coached two teams per season. He provided administrative support to the academy and created playing schedules for the club. 

Lucumi served as a volunteer assistant here at Cumberland during the 2021 season working under coach Adam Grant and Shane Keely at the time. Lucumi analyzed the GPS information on the players after matches and also assisted with recruiting efforts. 

In 2022, Lucumi worked as an assistant coach at Ensworth High School assisting with both the varsity boys and girls teams. He also worked as a Facility Operations Manager for the Nashville Soccer Club and spent time at Nashville United Soccer Academy. 

Lucumi earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from Cumberland University in May 2019 and went on to get a Master’s Degree of Sport Administration from Belmont in May 2022.  


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Assistant Football Coach
Football Athletic Training Building
Athletic Department
B.S., University of Arkansas


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Head Men's & Women's Cross-Country Coach
Athletic Department
B.S., Henderson State University
M.S., Austin Peay State University

Joshua McMillan is entering his first season as the Cumberland University Head Cross Country Coach in 2023.

McMillan spent four years in Robertson County, Tennessee as Head Cross Country Coach and Head Track Coach at East Robertson High School. During his time, the program had one or two state qualifiers each year for cross country, and a state qualifier for discus. In 2020, McMillan began the cross-country program at Green Hill High School and also was the Assistant Track Coach (throws).

During the first year of cross country, both the boys and girls made state. The boys finished 12th and the girls team finished 17th. The boys team finished 12th again in 2021. For 2022, the boys team finished 6th in the state while the girl’s finished 13th. In track, he had two.

Originally from Sterlington, Louisiana, McMillan graduated from Henderson State University in 2008 with a B.S. in Early Childhood Education. He spent the first seven years of his career teaching elementary and middle school. Moving to the high school level in 2016. In 2019, McMillan graduated with a Masters degree in Computer Science & Qualitative Methods with a focus in Mathematics from Austin Peay State University.
He is also a USA Track and Field Level 2 Throws Coach.


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Assistant Women's Volleyball Coach
Dallas Floyd Arena
Athletic Department
B.A., Spalding University
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