SPENCER CLAYPOOL

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E-Sports Head Coach
sclaypool@cumberland.edu
(615) 547-1212
Dallas Floyd Phoenix Arena
Staff
Athletic Department
B.S., Kentucky Wesley College
M.S., Cumberland University

Spencer Claypool begins his first year as head coach in Esports at Cumberland and will participate in his inaugural season in the fall of 2021.

Claypool will have the opportunity to start the program from the ground up. Cumberland will compete in a wide number of different game titles. The following represents some of the most popular game titles played at NACE institutions: League of Legends, Overwatch, Smite, Paladins, Hearthstone, Rocket League, Super Smash Bros, FIFA, NBA2k, and Madden. CU will choose exactly which games the Phoenix will participate in at a later date.

Cumberland plans to pave a path for the Middle Tennessee area in the Esports community. There are currently only four other universities that offer Esports, but none in the Middle Tennessee region: East Tennessee State University, King University, Bethel University, and Milligan University.

Claypool spent four years at Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, Ky. where he held several positions around campus. He spent time as a Resident Assistant, Student Ambassador, Student Admissions Counselor, a member of the Football team, and an Athletic Trainer.

During his time at Cumberland as a Graduate assistant in the sports information office, Claypool handled the responsibilities of the day-to-day reporting on athletics teams including game notes and stories, game and season stats, and postgame information. He assisted in handling all of the department’s weekly and gameday social media graphics as well as managing social media accounts. Claypool also created web and advertising graphics for GoCumberlandAthletics.com and created gameday programs for several sports.

He earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Biology degree from Kentucky Wesleyan College in April of 2019 and graduated from the master’s program for Exercise and Sports Science at Cumberland in 2021.

 

TYLER BENNETT

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Athletic Trainer
tbennett@cumberland.edu
(615) 547-1232
Football Athletic Training Building
Staff
Athletic Department, Athletic Training Preceptors
The Jeanette C. Rudy School of Nursing Health Professions Athletic Training Preceptors
B.S., Kent State University
M.S., Tennessee Technological University

Tyler Bennett serves as a full-time assistant in Athletic Training at Cumberland after spending two years at Tennessee Tech. He oversees athlete care, injury prevention, evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation for football, men’s volleyball, track and field and cross country at CU.

Bennett was a graduate assistant at Tennessee Tech, assisting the Head Athletic Trainer with football for the Golden Eagles, including athlete care, injury prevention, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation. He scheduled office appointments for injured student-athletes with the team physician and assisted with pre-participation physicals and student-athlete drug testing as well as packing travel trunks and field set-up at away football games. Bennett also provided coverage for men’s tennis home matches and out-of-season coverage for women’s soccer practices and matches at TTU.

He is a member of the National Athletic Training Association and the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians.

Bennett received his bachelor’s in Athletic Training from Kent State in December 2013 and earned his master’s in Exercise Science with a concentration in Sports Management from Tennessee Tech in May 2016.

Bennett and his wife, Catherine, reside in Lebanon with their dogs Braxton and Sadie. They are expecting their first child in December. 

 

SCOTT BLUM

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Head Coach Womens Basketball
sblum@cumberland.edu
(615) 547-1345
Dallas Floyd Phoenix Arena
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Athletic Department
B.A., Grace College
M.A., Ball State University

Scott Blum was hired as the women’s basketball head coach for the Phoenix on April 12, 2018, after spending the previous 14 years as head coach at Grace College in Indiana.

The Lancers posted a pair of 20-win seasons during Blum’s tenure at his alma mater, including 20-15 in 2011-12, the program’s first winning season since 1991-92 and the first 20-win campaign in school history. Grace finished 20-16 this past season. The program has averaged 17.0 wins over the last eight seasons, including an 18-17 mark in 2014-15 and 19-17 in 2012-13. He has compiled 216 career victories.

Blum brings a wealth of coaching experience, serving as men’s basketball head coach at Indiana Wesleyan in Marion, Ind., from 1995-97, leading the program to the NCCAA national championship in 1995, and head men’s coach at Trinity International in Deerfield, Ill., from 1998-01.

He spent one year as the boys basketball coach at Lakewood Park Christian School in Auburn, Ind., and two seasons as an assistant men’s coach at Grace before becoming the women’s head coach for the 2004-05 campaign.

As a starting guard in the early 1990s, Blum earned NAIA All-America honors twice and was a major component in the men’s basketball team’s national championship in 1992 at Grace. He also garnered the Pete Maravich Award as the NCCAA Player of the Year in 1992.

Blum scored 1|576 career points at Oregon-Davis High School in Hamlet, Ind., and became the only player to have his number retired in school history. He then played two years at Valparaiso University before transferring to Grace for his final two seasons, helping the Lancers to a 59-11 record over that span.

Blum earned his bachelor’s in Physical Education from Grace in 1993 and received a master’s in Physical Education from Ball State in 2002. He is married to the former Michelle Hanna and the couple has three boys – Tanner, Connor and Asher.

 

CHRIS BARTON

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Assistant Football Coach
cbarton@cumberland.edu
(615) 547-1347
Football Athletic Training Building
Staff
Athletic Department
B.A., Georgia Southern University

Barton came to Cumberland from Georgia Southern University, where he served in 2020 as a Defensive Graduate Assistant for the Linebackers. Where they were finished 1st in the Sun Belt in Total Defense (325.7), Red Zone Defense (45% TD), Rush Defense (112.2), 1st & 3rd Down Defense, Turnovers (26), and Interceptions (18). Also, finished 1st in the FBS in Turnovers and Interceptions. GS appeared in their fourth bowl game and obtained their third bowl victory. (New Orleans Bowl).  In 2019 he served Georgia Southern as their Special Teams analyst, where he helped GS finish 1st in the FBS in Special Teams Efficiency. In 2018 he served Georgia Southern as an Undergraduate Coach for the Offense, where they won their second bowl game in school history (Camellia Bowl), and led the FBS in Turnovers lost only 5. 

Barton graduated from Georgia Southern in the Spring of 2019 with a B.S. of Criminal Justice.  

 

Players to the NFL:

Tyler Bass K (2019)

Ellis Richardson TE (2018)

 

SCOTT BARBE

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Head Mens Volleyball Coach
sbarbe@cumberland.edu
(615) 453-6330
Dallas Floyd Phoenix Arena
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Athletic Department
B.B.A., Walsh College
M.S.M., Walsh College

Scott Barbe enters his third season as Head Coach for Men’s Volleyball at Cumberland University.

Scott was named Sports Chair for the MSC during the 2019-2020 season.  

Now completing his second season his team finished the shortened season with an 11-14 (4-5 MSC) overall record.  In his first season at Cumberland, the team went 11-24(8-5 MSC) playing much better toward the end of the season. 

Barbe spent two seasons as the head coach for women’s volleyball at Ave Maria University, an NAIA institution just east of Naples, Fla., from 2014-16. The Gyrenes posted a 4-21 mark in his first season but improved to 13-19 in 2015, at that time the best winning percentage in school history. 

He has 20-plus years of experience in volleyball as a head coach at the high school, collegiate and club levels. Barbe served as head coach at Warren Woods Tower High School in Warren, Mich., from 2010-13, winning MAC Division championships in his first two seasons at WWTHS while also earning Coach of the Year honors during those campaigns.

Barbe’s biggest foray into the sport came during eight years (2007-15) at owner, master coach and athletic program director for the Dynasty Volleyball Club in Macomb, Mich. He implemented program and development programs for ages 8-18, coordinated team activities for training, practices, matches, events and travel schedules and handled all business operations for the club. He was responsible for assembling teams and coaching staffs and was directly involved with the collegiate recruiting process for players in the club.

Barbe earned his bachelor’s in Business Administration from Walsh College in Troy, Mich., in 2000 and received his master’s in Management from Walsh in 2003.

Barbe is happily married to his wife Kristen.  They reside in middle Tennessee with their young children- Colton, Ashlynn and Wyatt.  

 

KYLE ALLEN

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Sports Information Director
kyleallen@cumberland.edu
(615) 547-1350
Dallas Floyd Phoenix Arena
Staff
Athletic Department
B.S., Cumberland University
M.A., Cumberland University

Mr. Kyle Allen is from Marietta, Georgia and graduated from Wheeler High School. He attended Cumberland and played baseball from 2014-2017. Mr. Allen was a member of the 2014 National Championship team. He graduated in 2017 with his Bachelors in Health and Human Performance. After graduating with his bachelor’s degree, Kyle worked as the CU Graduate Assistant for the Athletic Department from August 2017- May 2019. Allen got a Master of Arts- Sport Management degree in May 2019. Mr. Allen began working for the Nashville Sounds in February 2019 until July 2019. As the Sports Information Director, his responsibilities include:

Coordination of players, teams, and game statistics and results

Development and cultivation of productive relationships with local, regional, and national media

Develop media programs

Assist the involvement in athletic fundraising and corporate sponsors

Manage athletics webpage

 

KALEA BARNETT

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Assistant Cheer and Dance Coach
kbarnett@cumberland.edu
Bone Hall, Room 207
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Athletic Department
B.B.A., Cumberland University

ADAM GRANT

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Head Mens Soccer Coach
agrant@cumberland.edu
(615) 547-1316
CU Soccer Field
Staff
Athletic Department
B.S., Martin Methodist College
M.S.S.E.P., Cumberland University

Adam Grant was named head coach of the Cumberland men’s soccer program in December 2016 after serving two years as the women’s head coach at CU. He will begin his eighth year with the Phoenix program in the 2019 season.

Grant has recorded a 25-8-6 record as the head coach of the men’s program. He has won back to back Coach of the Year Awards for the Mid-South Conference in 2017 and 2018.

In 2018, Grant led his team to a 10-5-4 record and 6-0-1 MSC record earning the program Mid-South Conference Regular Season Champions. The team had 8 MSC All-Conference players and the 2018 MSC Defensive Player of the Year, Bennett Strutz.

In Grant’s first season over the Cumberland Men’s Soccer program, they recorded a 15-3-2 record and beat Lindsey Wilson in the Mid-South Tournament Championship game in Double OT winning 3-2. The Phoenix reached the NAIA National Tournament Opening round. Grant coached the MSC Freshman of the Year, Tyler Watson, and had eight athletes deemed MSC All-Conference players.

Grant spent five years with the Cumberland women’s program, the last two as head coach, leading the Phoenix to the NAIA National Tournament and a victory in the NAIA Championship Opening Round in 2016. CU finished 13-5-2 in 2016 and registered a 22-14-2 record during his two years as head coach.

The Phoenix produced the three most decorated seasons in program history during Grant’s three years as an assistant coach, the first two as a graduate assistant and the last one in a full-time role, posting marks of 19-3-0, 16-4-1 and 17-4-1 with one Mid-South Conference regular season championship (2013) and one Mid-South Conference tournament title (2012).

Cumberland reached the NAIA National Tournament in all three campaigns, winning matches in the NAIA Championship Opening Round each year to reach the Round of 16 and advancing to the quarterfinals for the first time in program history in 2014 in Orange Beach, Ala.

Grant, a Dublin, Ireland, native, graduated from Pobalscoil Neasain before playing three years at Lambuth University, earning First Team All-Conference honors as a freshman and Second Team All-Conference accolades as a junior. The Eagles won a conference championship his freshman season and he captained the 2010 club to a 12-5-2 overall mark.

He holds a “C” coaching license with the US Soccer Federation and a NSCAA Goalkeeping Level 1 and 2 license.

Grant graduated to Martin Methodist College to complete his coursework, earning his bachelor’s in Business Administration with an emphasis in Sports Management in May 2012. He received his master’s in Sport and Exercise Pedagogy from Cumberland in May 2014.

 

Grant’s Year-by-Year Coaching Career

 

Year Position School Record Postseason
2018 Head Men’s Coach Cumberland University 10-5-4  
2017 Head Men’s Coach Cumberland University 15-3-2 NAIA Championship Opening Round
2016 Head Women’s Coach Cumberland University 13-5-2 NAIA Championship Round of 16
2015 Head Women’s Coach Cumberland University 9-9  
2014 Assistant Women’s Coach Cumberland University 17-4-1 NAIA Championship Quarterfinals
2013 Graduate Assistant Women’s  Cumberland University 16-4-1 NAIA Championship Round of 16
2012 Graduate Assistant Women’s  Cumberland University 19-3 NAIA Championship Round of 16

 

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