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Head Mens Basketball Coach
Dallas Floyd Phoenix Arena
Athletic Department
B.S., Cumberland University

Jeremy Lewis was named head coach for men’s basketball at Cumberland on March 19, 2018, after spending the previous nine seasons as the women’s coach for the Phoenix. Lewis just completed his 13th season as a full-time coach at his alma mater and his 17th year as a member of the Cumberland family as both a player and coach.

In his first year as the men’s coach the team went 11-15, but lost 12 games by less than ten points including a 1 point loss on the road at #7 ranked Campbellsville, a 7 point overtime loss on the road to the eventual national runner-up Georgetown College|and a 1 point loss on the road against a ranked University of the Cumberlands team.

He has been a part of eight of Cumberland’s 11 NAIA National Tournament appearances in school history between the men’s and women’s programs, including all three for the men and five of the eight for the women. He compiled a 150-116 mark in nine seasons as head coach for the CU women with four trips over the final six years to the national tournament.

Lewis led the program to one of the most successful years in school history in 2012-13, finishing 33-3 overall (school record for wins) and No. 4 in the final rankings. The Phoenix won the Mid-South Conference regular season and tournament titles and reached the NAIA Fab Four for the second time in program annals.

He was voted Mid-South Conference and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Russell Athletic/Region 5 Coach of the Year during the campaign. CU made its first appearance in the NAIA National Tournament since 2007.

Cumberland was ranked in the Top 10 nationally from the first regular season poll of the year in December until the postseason, reaching as high as No. 5 in the country, then the highest ranking ever for the program. The Phoenix won their first regular season and conference tournament titles since 1998-99, also in the Mid-South Conference, and set the school record for victories, surpassing the previous mark of 27 held by the 1998-99 and 2006-07 squads.

Jessica Pace earned First Team All-Mid-South Conference accolades and TaCouya Allen, Briannica Tye and London Elie each garnered Second Team All-MSC honors. Pace also received Honorable Mention All-America honors from the WBCA and Second Team All-America accolades from the NAIA.

Lewis took over the women’s program in May 2009 as interim head coach and had the interim tag removed by Director of Athletics Ron Pavan in January 2010. The Phoenix finished the season 9-18 overall in his first year but dropped nine games by seven points or less during the campaign. Allysia Bailey was voted TranSouth Conference Newcomer of the Year, Stephanie Martin was an All-Freshman Team selection and four players earned TranSouth Scholar-Athlete honors.

CU improved to 14-16 in 2010-11 and upped its record in TranSouth Conference play to 6-10. The squad lost five games by nine points or less that season as well. Casie Cowan garnered Second Team All-TranSouth and All-Freshman Team accolades and four players were named TranSouth Scholar-Athletes.

The 2011-12 club started the season 3-10 overall with losses to three ranked teams and three others who were ranked in the second half of the campaign. That stretch included single-digit defeats to future Mid-South Conference opponents St. Catharine College, Lindsey Wilson, Campbellsville University, Georgetown College and the University of the Cumberlands.

The Phoenix turned the season around in January, winning 12 of their final 16 contests, including two losses to eventual national runner-up Union University by a combined seven points. Cowan earned Honorable Mention All-America honors at the end of the season while Tamara Gonzalez was named an NAIA Scholar-Athlete. Cowan garnered First Team All-TranSouth honors for the second straight season and Simone Ryan and Courtney Atkinson both garnered Second Team accolades.

In 2013-14 the club suffered through a myriad of issues from injuries to illness and ineligibility. Despite a depleted roster that included several games with only seven healthy bodies, Cumberland battled to a 9-9 mark at the end of January that included six defeats and a pair of wins over ranked opponents. The lack of depth showed in the month of February, with the squad losing seven straight before ending the year with a victory on Senior Day. Cowan and Allen both earned Second Team All-Mid-South Conference honors and Tasia Blue was named an NAIA Scholar-Athlete.

In 2014-15 Cumberland began the year 8-2 before a double overtime home loss to then fifth-ranked Campbellsville. Injuries and ineligibility changed the club for the second half of the season, with CU dropping 6-of-7 including the Campbellsville loss, but the squad rebounded to win seven of its final 11 outings in the regular season and conference tournament.

Cumberland received an at-large berth into the NAIA National Tournament, the second trip to the national tourney under Lewis. Chelsey Hall earned First Team All-Mid-South and Third Team All-America accolades while Blue, Maryann Fenner and Andrea Morrisett were all named NAIA Scholar-Athletes.

In 2015-16 the Phoenix posted a 10-3 mark to start the campaign before running into trouble in the final game before Christmas, losing to Huntington University. That loss sent the club into a tailspin, dropping 6-of-8 contests. CU righted the ship in February, winning six of its final eight regular season games and earning another at-large berth into the national tournament.

Cumberland upset fourth-ranked Bethel University in the national tourney before falling to Lewis-Clark State. Hall garnered Third Team All-America honors again and Nicole Bowers was named Honorable Mention All-America while Hall was named an NAIA Scholar-Athlete.

The Phoenix posted a 9-1 mark to begin the 2016-17 campaign before an overtime loss at Campbellsville to begin the month of December. The club split its six league games in January and entered the month of February 15-5 overall. Cumberland lost its final seven contests of the year, five of those to ranked opponents, missing out on a third straight trip to the national tourney.

Bowers was voted Third Team All-America and First Team All-MSC while Taliah Moore and Julia Fox each garnered Second Team All-League accolades.

In 2017-18 Cumberland started the year 3-4 with losses to Martin Methodist, Freed-Hardeman, Vanguard University and the University of Providence, a pair of Top 10-ranked clubs and two that spent the rest of the regular season in the Top 25. The Phoenix reeled off eight straight victories from November 28-January 4 before conference play. CU finished Mid-South play 8-6 with all of the league defeats to Shawnee State, Campbellsville and Lindsey Wilson, teams ranked in the Top 10 nationally.

Cumberland received an at-large berth into the national tournament, its fourth in the last six seasons under Lewis, and lost to fourth-ranked Westmont College, 70-63, despite leading in the contest with four minutes to play. Micah Norris, Janisha Lindsey, Ant’Treasia Patton and Kyra Tucker garnered Second Team All-Mid-South Conference honors while eight players were named Academic All-Mid-South and Cydney Goodrum earned NAIA Scholar-Athlete accolades.

Before becoming the women’s head coach, Lewis served four seasons as a full-time assistant for coach Lonnie Thompson and the CU men’s team. His roles included scouting, recruiting, film exchange and budgeting, as well as monitoring the student-athletes’ progress both on and off the court. His main responsibilities included developing the team’s wing and guard positions, composing scouting reports for game preparation and recruiting incoming student-athletes. During his four seasons as an assistant coach, the Phoenix compiled a 68-56 overall mark, including 46-18 in the final two seasons with consecutive trips to the NAIA National Tournament in 2008 and 2009.

Lewis spent three seasons as the starting point guard at Cumberland from 2002-04 before serving one season as a graduate assistant for the Phoenix women’s basketball staff in 2005 (a team that finished 26-9 and reached the second round of the NAIA National Tournament). As a player he was named Honorable Mention All-Conference as a junior and senior and garnered NAIA Scholar-Athlete and Academic All-Conference accolades as a senior. He was the starting point guard on CU’s team that reached the Round of 16 and won the TranSouth Conference regular season championship in 2004.

He graduated from CU in May of 2004 with a bachelor’s in Sports Administration. Lewis prepped at Beech High School in Hendersonville, Tenn., and played one season at Aquinas Community College in Nashville under the tutelage of Hall of Fame coach Charlie Anderson before transferring to Cumberland. He is married for the former Martha Montiel and the couple has two children, Emery and Gigi.



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Head Womens Tennis Coach
(620) 481-1161
CU Tennis Court
Athletic Department
B.S., University of South Carolina
M.B.A., Emporia State University

Karen Martinez joined the Cumberland staff as head coach for Men’s and Women’s tennis on June 30, 2017. 

Her First season she led the Men’s program to a 21-4 overall record making it to the quarterfinals of the NAIA national tournament. Lead the women’s program to a 13-11 overall record.  Cumberland reached the NAIA national tournament in both seasons.  

Before joining the Cumberland family coach Martinez has served one year as head coach for men’s and women’s tennis at Central Christian College in McPherson, Kan. The Tigers participate as an independent athletic program in the NAIA and also in the National Christian College Athletic Association.

She spent one year as an assistant coach at NCAA Division II Emporia State in Kansas, planning road trips and scheduling matches while also handling most of the international recruiting process for student-athletes to the program.

Martinez also spent one season as an assistant coach at NCAA Division III Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Ga., overseeing the program’s strength and conditioning program, running practices and scheduling matches.

She is a native of Bogota, Colombia, where she was ranked in the Top 5 nationally throughout her junior career. Martinez started her collegiate career at Bethel University in McKenzie, Tenn., advancing to the NAIA Championships in 2009, and played her junior and senior seasons at NCAA Division I USC Upstate.

While finishing her degree and for a year after graduation, she worked as the Junior Tennis Director at The Westside Club in Spartanburg, S.C., before spending almost a year as the Head Tennis Pro at Medlock Bridge Tennis Center in Johns Creek, Ga. She served as an assistant coach at Agnes Scott while also working at Medlock. Martinez also spent 18 months as the Junior Program Director at Tennis Stage Colombia in Bogota before returning to the states and taking the position at Emporia State.

She earned her bachelor’s in Physical Education with a concentration in Exercise and Sports Science from USC Upstate in 2012 and completed her master’s in Business Administration from Kansas Wesleyan in May 2017.

Coach Martinez is married to Thiago Oliveira the head Men’s tennis coach at Cumberland University. They have two children: Lucca and Lorenzo.



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Head Football Coach
(615) 547-1251
Football Athletic Training Building
Athletic Department
B.A., Georgia Southern University
M.A., Shorter University

Cumberland University Director of Athletics Ron Pavan announced the hiring of Tim Mathis as head coach for the Phoenix on January 22, 2018. He becomes the sixth head coach since Cumberland restarted the football program in 1990. Mathis is entering his second season as the Phoenix Head Coach.

In Mathis’ first season at Cumberland, he led the Phoenix to a 5-6 (MSC 3-3) record.The Phoenix upset the number 4 ranked ranked Lindsey Wilson Blue Raiders 24-21at home on Senior Day. The offense averaged 20.0 points per game while averaging 324.9 total yards per game.

Mathis served as an assistant coach for 10 seasons at Shorter University when the Hawks started their program in the NAIA in 2005. He was the team’s offensive coordinator his last five years at Shorter, including during the transition to NCAA Division II.

Mathis was a member of the Shorter staff for the inaugural season in 2005 and served five years as the team’s offensive line coach. The Hawks led the NAIA in rushing, won the Mid-South Conference championship and earned the program’s first-ever postseason playoff berth in 2008. Two players earned All-America honors and a dozen offensive linemen were named All-Mid-South during those five seasons.

He moved into the role of offensive coordinator from 2010-14, working with running backs for two seasons and quarterbacks and fullbacks the final three. Shorter ranked second nationally in rushing at 310.9 yards per game and posted 30.5 points per contest in 2010 and ranked third in the country in rushing (271.9), averaging 30.0 points per outing in 2011, the program’s last in the NAIA.

In 2012, the first transition year to Division II, the Hawks ranked ninth nationally in rushing at 268.5 yards per game and ranked third the Gulf South Conference in rushing (227.9) and second in time of possession. Shorter ranked third in total offense in 2013, with fullback Bradley Moon leading the GSC and ranking sixth in rushing yards and quarterback Eric Dodson ranking fifth in the conference in total offense.

Shorter ranked third in the Gulf South and 22nd nationally in rushing in 2014 with 225.3 yards per contest.

Mathis was the head coach the last two seasons at St. Francis High School in Alpharetta, Ga., posting a 2-8 record in 2016 with freshmen and sophomores making up 74 percent of the roster. He registered a 4-6 mark in 2017 with the Knights.

He also served one season as head coach at Franklin County High School in Eastpoint, Fla., helping the Seahawks break a 23-game losing streak and finishing the season 3-7 overall.

Prior to his time at Shorter, Mathis worked four years at Trion City Schools in Trion, Ga., coaching the offensive line all four seasons as well as serving as defensive coordinator for two years. He was also the wrestling coach for two years and the golf coach for two seasons.

Mathis earned his bachelor’s in History with a minor in Political Science from Georgia Southern in 1996 and received his master’s in Leadership from Shorter in 2010. He is married to the former Mesha Layman and the couple has two children – Abby and Hunter.



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Assistant Football Coach
(615) 453-6357
Football Athletic Training Building
Athletic Department
B.S., Olivet Nazarene University
M.A., Olivet Nazarene University


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Assistant Mens Soccer Coach
(615) 453-6335
CU Soccer Field
Athletic Department
B.P.S., University of Memphis
M.B.A., Christian Brothers University

Former Christian Brothers University player and coach Shane Keely joins the Cumberland staff as a full-time assistant coach for the 2017 season.

Over the past two season at Cumberland, the Men’s Soccer program has achieved Mid-South Conference Regular Season Champions and Tournament champions. Keely primarily coachs the goalkeepers and assisted Bennett Strutz on achieving First Team All Mid-South Conference in both 2017 and 2018 as well as MSC Defensive Player of the Year in 2018.

In the summer, Keely is an assistant coach for the USL League 2 Reading United in Reading, Pa. In 2018, the Reading United club went undefeated in the regular season on their way to USL League 2 Mid-Atlantic Conference Champions, Eastern Conference Champions, and National Champions Runner-Up. This past summer the team won the USL League 2 Mid-Atlantic Conference Championship for the second year in a row.

Keely served the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Christian Brothers, organizing travel, recruiting international as well as local players for the program while managing and delegating scholarships. He designed and implemented practice plans and organized and maintained team videos and analysis technology.

As a player the Dublin, Ireland, native posted three goals and one assist as a senior at CBU in 18 matches in 2014, including a pair of game-winning goals. The Bucs finished that season 14-3-1 overall, reaching the NCAA South Regional.

He spent two seasons at the University of Memphis, seeing action in 12 matches with 10 starts and registering one assist in 2012. He recorded four goals and four assists in 18 outings with nine starts in 2013, including three game-winning goals.

Keely holds a USSF D License, U18 Division 1 coach with NUSA and a U16 Division 2 girls with NUSA licences.

Keely earned his bachelor’s in Professional Studies with disciplines in Sports Management and Health Promotion from Memphis in 2014. He received a certificate in Project Management from Christian Brothers in 2014 and a master’s in Business Administration from CBU in May 2017.



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Athletic Trainer
(615) 453-6327
Main Athletic Training Building
Athletic Department
B.S., Heidelberg University
M.S., SUNY Cortland

Christian Kiesel began his first year as an Assistant Athletic Trainer in the Athletic Training program in August 2020. Kiesel oversees athlete care, injury prevention, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation for men’s basketball, men’s soccer, and men’s and women’s bowling.

Kiesel spent the past two years as a graduate assistant at SUNY Cortland providing primary team coverage to both the men’s ice hockey and women’s field hockey programs. He also spent time providing split coverage for the Cortland baseball program. 

Prior to his graduate assistant position, Kiesel gained experience through several clinical rotations at Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio. He helped provide care for several of the university’s athletic teams as well as local high schools. While at Heidelberg, Kiesel also worked as a Finish Line First Responder at the Akron Half-Marathon and the Chicago Marathon.

Kiesel played soccer at Heidelberg from 2014-2017 as a forward. He saw his most action his senior season starting three games and seeing action in 16 of the team’s 17 games. Kiesel was a member of the 2014 team that won the Ohio Athletic Conference tournament championship. He earned Academic All Ohio honors in 2016, Academic All-OAC in 2016-17, Landess Award winner in 2015, 2017-18, and on the Dean’s List each of the four years.

Kiesel earned his Bachelor of Science, Athletic Training with minors in History and Wellness from Heidelberg University in May 2018. From there he went to SUNY Cortland as a Graduate Assistant for Athletic Training where he received his Master of Science, Exercise Science degree




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Athletic Trainer
(615) 547-1306
Football Athletic Training Building
Athletic Department
B.S., Shenandoah University
M.S., Shenandoah University

Tyler Hott began his first year as an Athletic Trainer in the Athletic Training program in August 2020. Hott oversees athlete care, injury prevention, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation for football, men’s and women’s track and field, and men’s and women’s cross country.

Hott graduated from Shenandoah University twice earning his Bachelor’s of Science, Exercise Science degree in May 2017, and his Master’s of Science in Athletic Training in May 2019. 

During his undergrad, he played baseball for Shenandoah where he was a pitcher and shortstop. Hott was a part of four straight conference championships including four straight NCAA Regional Appearances. During his senior season in 2017, he received York Regional All-Tournament Team, Second Team ABCA All-Region, First Team VaSID All-State honors.

After graduating with his masters, Hott began working with the Woodstock River Bandits, a Valley Leaguer baseball team. He provided first aid, IASTM, rehabilitation, and clinical evaluation for baseball players.

He then went to work at Physical Therapy @ ACAC where he developed and implemented rehabilitation programs. He also spent time at Western Albemarle High School in Virginia during this time. He provided athletic coverage for their athletic teams as well as was a preceptor for the University of Virginia’s Athletic Training Program.




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Head Bowling Coach
(615) 547-1364
Phoenix Nest
Athletic Department
B.A., University of Pikeville
M.B.A., University of Pikeville

Hollis is a graduate of the University of Pikeville and a four-year member of the Bears program from 2010-2014. During her collegiate bowling career, she was a part of the Bears 2012 NAIA National Championship team as well as 2013 and 2014 Xbowling National Collegiate Team Championship Runner-Up 2013.

Hollis earned First-Team NAIA All-American honors, National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association Honorable Mention All-American, and First-Team Mid-South Conference in 2014.

After graduating, Hollis began her coaching career as a Graduate Assitant for the Women’s Bowling program at Pikeville from 2014-2016. She assisted with recruiting, practice plans, and statistical entries for tournaments. After Pikeville, she went to Union College assisting their men’s team to a Mid-South Conference Runner-Up, was an assistant coach at Life University in Marietta, Georgia, and most recently an assistant coach here at CU since August 2020.

“I am excited that Christina will be our Interim Head Men’s and Women’s Bowling Coach. She brings a wealth of experience to help build strong programs. Christina has already been a volunteer for the program so she knows the players and the Cumberland University culture|” Director of Athletics Ron Pavan said. 

Hollis graduated from the University of Pikeville with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a minor in Business in 2014 and a Masters in Business Administration in 2016.


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Head Baseball Coach
(615) 547-1325
CU Baseball Field
Athletic Department
B.S., Cumberland University
M.A.E.., Cumberland University

Ryan Hunt begins his first season as the head baseball coach at Cumberland after spending the last six seasons as the head coach at Vol State Community College.

Hunt compiled a 110-100 record entering the 2021 campaign which he is currently 124-110. Prior to Vol State, Hunt was a longtime assistant coach under Woody Hunt from 2002-2015.

Cumberland has won four Tran South Conference and one Mid-South Conference regular-season championships and six Tran South Conference and one Mid-South Conference Tournament title during his tenure as an assistant. The Bulldogs have also claimed five regional championships, four super regional titles and played in six NAIA World Series, winning national championships in 2004, 2010, and 2014. CU was also the NAIA World Series runner-up in 2006 and finished fourth in the nation in 2005.

Hunt has coached 20 NAIA All-Americans and 22 players who signed professional contracts during the previous 12 campaigns.

During his five years at Cumberland as a player, the Bulldogs claimed five conference championships, four conference tournament titles, and two regional championships, advancing to the NAIA World Series in 1997 and 1998.

Hunt graduated from Cumberland with a bachelor’s in Physical Education in 2003 and earned a master’s in Education in 2007.

The Lebanon, Tenn., native was a four-year starter at second base at Lebanon High School from 1993-96, earning All-District honors as a sophomore and senior and All-Midstate Honorable Mention as a sophomore.

He is married to the former Melissa Lauper of Gallatin, Tenn., and the couple has two daughters – eight-year-old Rylee and three-year-old Lyla Noelle.