RYAN HUNT

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

PHILIP (JACOB) JANUTOLO

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Athletic Trainer
pjanutolo@cumberland.edu
(615) 547-1330
Main Athletic Training Building
Staff
Athletic Department, Athletic Training Preceptors
The Jeanette C. Rudy School of Nursing Health Professions Athletic Training Preceptors
B.S., Union College
M.Ed., Union College
Jacob Janutolo begins his first full year as an Athletic Trainer at Cumberland after being hired in the summer of 2019. At Cumberland, Janutolo will oversee athlete care, injury prevention, evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation for the women's soccer program as well as help out with spring football practices. Janutolo worked as an Assistant Athletic Trainer for Union College, KY prior to working for Cumberland University.  He was responsible for providing AT coverage and supervision for football, men’s soccer, baseball, softball, men and women’s basketball during practices and games. Janutolo was a Graduate Assistant AT before being promoted to full-time. Janutolo received his bachelor's in Athletic Training from Union in May 2013, where he was also a pitcher on the Bulldog Baseball team. He earned his master's degree in Health and Physical Education from Union in May of 2016. Janutolo is originally from Loveland, OH and currently resides in Carthage, Tennessee.  

BRAD HIGGINSON

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Assistant Football Coach
bhigginson@cumberland.edu
(615) 453-6357
Football Athletic Training Building
Staff
Athletic Department
M.A., Gannon University
B.S., Kentucky Wesleyan College

JAMES HICKS III

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Head Wrestling Coach
jhicks@cumberland.edu
(615) 547-1292
Dallas Floyd Phoenix Arena
Staff
Athletic Department
B.A., Campbellsville University
James Hicks begins his fifth season as head coach at Cumberland in 2019-20 after serving three years in the same capacity at Darton State College in Albany, Ga. Hicks led the Phoenix to the Mid-South Conference Tournament championship in his first year at the helm of the program, tying for the team title for the program's first-ever MSC title. For his efforts he was voted Mid-South Conference West Division Coach of the Year. Sammy Rosario, Nate Croley, Orlando Nawade, Kyle Delaune and Dustin Harris all earned Second Team All-Mid-South honors and Croley went on to garner All-America accolades at 157. In addition eight student-athletes were named Academic All-Mid-South Conference and Peter Donchev and Nick Paden were recognized as NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Last season two athletes recieved All-America honors - Anothony Maia and Nathan Walton. Maia reached the national tournament semifianls and Walton reached the seventh pplace event. In 2016-17, three student-athletes earned All-America honors for the Phoenix – Rosario, Croley and Delaune – tying for the most All-Americans in a single season in program history. Croley was voted Second Team All-Mid-South while nine athletes were named Academic All-Mid-South and Matt Carroll, Evan Cole and Peter Donchev were reconized as NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Hicks produced two national champions and six junior college All-Americans during his three seasons at Darton State. The Belle Glade, Fla., native was named Region III Eastern District II Coach of the Year in each of the last two seasons for the Cavaliers and the team won the Eastern District II Championship in both campaigns as well. Twenty-two wrestlers qualified for the NJCAA national tournament over his three years, including nine in 2015 and eight in 2014. The team finished in the Top 25 at the national tourney all three seasons, including 14th in 2015 and 17th in 2014. Darton State also placed third each of his last two years in the non-scholarship division of the NJCAA National Championships. In addition, five wrestlers garnered Academic All-America honors under Hicks’ tutelage. Hicks served as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Campbellsville University, for four years, with the Tigers placing in the Top 7 at the NAIA Championship in three of those campaigns. Campbellsville won the East Region Qualifier in his final season as an assistant in 2012 and finished in the Top 5 at the NWCA National Duals in 2010, 2011 and 2012. The Tigers also won the Mid-South Conference regular season title in each of his last three years with the program. During his time as an assistant coach, Campbellsville produced a pair of national champions, 19 NAIA All-Americans, 47 national qualifiers, 10 East Region champions, 17 Mid-South Conference champions and seven NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Hicks was a three-time NAIA national qualifier and a Daktronics NAIA Scholar-Athlete during his wrestling career at Campbellsville as well as a three-year starter for the Tigers. He was a member of the 2006 NAIA National Championship club at Dana College in Blair, Neb., ranking as high as sixth nationally and receiving the team’s Freshman of the Year award. He placed fourth as a senior at the FHSAA State Championships for Glades Central High School. Hicks received his bachelor’s in Physical Education from Campbellsville in 2009.  

SARA FARRIS

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Head Athletic Trainer
sarafarris@cumberland.edu
(615) 453-6363
Main Athletic Training Building
Staff
Athletic Department, Athletic Training Preceptors
The Jeanette C. Rudy School of Nursing Health Professions Athletic Training Preceptors
B.S., University of North Florida
M.S.E.S., Cumberland University
Sara Farris begins her fourth year at Cumberland University and her second as a full-time member of the Athletic Training staff. She provides coverage for women's volleyball and baseball. Farris has also covered football and wrestling at CU as a Graduate Assistant. The Jacksonville, Fla., native graduated from the University of North Florida in May 2016, earning her bachelor’s in Athletic Training. While at UNF she gained clinic experience with the football, soccer, basketball and volleyball teams at Creekside High School, providing first aid during games and implementing return-to-play protocol for concussed athletes. During undergrad, Farris also worked with the baseball team at Jacksonville University, UNF women’s soccer team and gained experience with the soccer, basketball, baseball, softball, lacrosse and track and field teams at The Bolles School.  She also gained experience with the soccer, basketball, baseball, softball, lacrosse and track and field teams at The Bolles School, evaluating upper and lower extremity injuries, facilitating rehabilitation and stretching techniques and administering baseline Impact testing for spring sports. Farris completed her master’s in Sports Management at Cumberland in May 2018. Farris resides in Lebanon with her new puppy Siler.    

JAMES (THOMAS) DENNEY

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PT Associate Broadcasting Director
jdenney@cumberland.edu
Dallas Floyd Phoenix Arena
Staff
Athletic Department
Thomas Denney begins his first year as Associate Broadcasting Director at Cumberland. Denney will be responsible for broadcasting all home sporting events, working closely with the radio and video teams.  Denney has spent the last 11 years working as a videographer at Cumberland for the home football, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, and men's and women's volleyball. He has also undertook broadcasting audio, and video with Lebanon High School football. Denney is employed full-time at System Integrations, working with various audio and video products. He and his wife have been married for 13 years.  

RUTH CURRIE

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Head Cheerleading Coach
rcurrie@cumberland.edu
(615) 305-6781
Bone Hall
Staff
Athletic Department
A.A., Ruthledge College
Ruth Currie begins her 10th season as the cheerleading coach at Cumberland University and has taken on the added responsibility of dance team coach for a fourth year. Currie came to CU with more than 15 years of cheer coaching experience in the Middle Tennessee area, most recently serving as the Cheer Director for UNA Bears Recreation Park, where her competition cheerleading squad qualified for Nationals. Prior to taking over as the Cheer Director, Currie spent seven years as a coach for three squads from ages five to 14. Currie has also served as the Cheerleading President of the Mid-State Youth Football and Cheerleading League for the last nine years. Her squad placed first at the UCA Panama Beach Cheer Competition in 2002 and earned awards for Best Cheer, Dance, Stunts and Overall Floor Routine Choreographer at the national competition in 2003. She has also coached the UNA Elite MSYFCL champions eight times.  

SCOTT DAVIDSON

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Head Womens Soccer Coach
sdavidson@cumberland.edu
(615) 453-6332
CU Soccer Field
Staff
Athletic Department
B.A., Bryan College
M.A.T., Trevecca Nazarene University
Scott Davidson joined the Cumberland women's soccer coaching staff as a full-time assistant in March 2018. Davidson spent the last year serving as head coach for Nashville Rhythm FC in the Women’s Premier Soccer League as well as serving as Age Group Director and Lead Coach for the Nashville United Soccer Academy. He was also the Assistant Executive Director/Director of Coaching for the Williamson County Soccer Association for one year. He worked the 2015 season as an assistant men’s coach and goalkeeper coach at Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Ga., assisting with team and individual workouts as well as recruiting. The Lions earned a berth in the NCCAA National Tournament that season, finishing the year 7-9-3 overall. Davidson spent the 2014 campaign as assistant men’s coach at Truett-McConnell College in Cleveland, Ga., serving as camp director as well as leading recruiting for the Bears. He worked two years as a graduate assistant for the women’s program at Trevecca University, helping the Trojans improve from 4-11-2 in 2010 to 8-8-2 the following season. Davidson also spent two years as an assistant for the men’s team at Bryan College, with the Lions registering marks of 12-4-2 and 11-8-0 in 2008 and 2009, respectively. The Newarthill, Scotland, native played collegiately at Bryan College, scoring 23 goals with six assists as a senior to earn Honorable Mention All-America honors. The Lions compiled a 49-26-3 mark during his four seasons in Dayton. Davidson played professionally with the Sioux Falls [SD] Spitfires (2007) and Spokane [WA] Spiders (2008) as well as two years with the Nashville Metros (2009-10). He also spent time with Albion Rovers FC Youth (1998-99), Hamilton Academicals FC (2000-02) and Lanark United (2003) in his native Scotland before enrolling at Bryan. He received his bachelor’s in Communications from Bryan College in 2008 and earned a master’s in Teaching K-6 from Trevecca in 2013. He has earned USSF National “D” and “E” coaching licenses as well as Goalkeeping Levels I and II from United Soccer Coaches (formerly NSCAA). He has also received a Director of Coaching Diploma and Advanced National Diploma from the USC.    

SHELIA CROCKETT

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Assistant Athletic Director
scrockett@cumberland.edu
(615) 547-1291
Dallas Floyd Phoenix Arena
Staff
Athletic Department
B.S., Cumberland University
M.B.A., King University
Shelia Crockett joined Cumberland in June 2020 as Assistant Athletic Director at Cumberland University. Crockett has spent the last 17 years at King University. Crockett is responsible for managing all aspects of eligibility compliance and academics, including education, monitoring, and enforcing NAIA and Mid-South Conference Rules. For the past 10 years, she has served as an Assistant Athletic Director and the Senior Woman Administrator at King. She has served on numerous committees. She is the Chair of the Gender Equity Committee and is a member of the Wellness Strategic Planning Committee.  At the conference level, she is currently a member of the Conference Carolinas Enhancement Committee.    Prior to moving into the role of Assistant Athletic Director, Crockett started out as the first full-time athletic trainer at King in 2002 where she built the athletic training program from the ground up. She implemented "Return to Learn" and "Return to Play" concussion protocol. She has a LAT and ATC license in the state of Tennessee. Crockett played basketball at Cumberland in the early 1990s for Coach Walters. She earned a bachelor's degree in education with an emphasis on sports medicine from Cumberland in 1997. She earned a master's degree in business administration from King in 2005.