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.   

HANNAH DAILY

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Athletic Trainer
hdaily@cumberland.edu
(615) 547-1217
Main Athletic Training Building
Staff
Athletic Department
B.S., Saint Louis University
M.S., Saint Louis University
Hannah Daily began her first year at Cumberland University on July 15, 2020.  At Cumberland, Daily will oversee athlete care, injury prevention, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation for practices. The Mt. Zion, Il., native graduated from Saint Louis University with a bachelor's degree in exercise science in May 2019 and completed a master's in athletic training in May 2020. While at SLU, she gained clinical experience working with several different programs. The most prominent team she worked with was the XFL's St. Louis Battlehawks. She was involved in treatment, rehabilitation, and injury prevention of the players as well as helped assist with practice and gameday coverage. Daily also worked with the Gateway Grizzlies, a Frontier League baseball team where she would help prepare the dugout each day, provided pre and post-game treatment, and gameday care. Daily worked with Lindenwood University-Belleville athletic teams as a clinical rotation. She primarily helped with the baseball team aiding the preceptor with treatment and injury prevention. Daily also worked at local high schools aiding with football and other sports in the St. Louis area. Daily received her bachelor's in exercise science in May 2019 while also earning a minor in Spanish. She completed her master's in athletic training in May 2020.    

C. AUSTIN DILLARD

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Head Strength and Conditioning Coach
adillard@cumberland.edu
(615) 547-1310
Phoenix Plaza
Staff
Athletic Department
B.S., Georgia Southern University
M.Ed., University of Akron

Austin Dillard begins his first season as the Director of Sports Performance at Cumberland University. Dillard oversees the sports performance department that provides strength and conditioning programs for all Phoenix athletes.

Dillard comes to Cumberland after serving the last two years as a graduate assistant strength coach at the University of Akron. With the Zips, Dillard implemented a training program for the baseball team while also training men’s basketball, men’s soccer, women’s swim and dive, and track and field. He oversaw the strength and conditioning interns and the scheduling with each coaching staff.

He earned his master’s degree in sport science and coaching from Akron in May 2021.

Prior to Akron, Dillard worked as a volunteer strength coach at Georgia Southern University primarily working with the football team. He helped with the strength program, the injured/return to play protocol, nutrition program as well as helped with the Georgia Southern Pro Day training. Dillard coordinated the weight room cleaning and maintenance. 

He received his Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology with a major in exercise science and a minor in nutrition from Georgia Southern in May 2018.

Dillard has his certified strength and conditioning specialist certification as well as a precision nutrition level 1 certificate.

 

SPENCER CLAYPOOL

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E-Sports Head Coach
sclaypool@cumberland.edu
(615) 547-1212
Dallas Floyd Phoenix Arena
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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.  

MARK A. BROWN

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Assistant Mens Basketball Coach
mabrown@cumberland.edu
(615) 838-7062
Dallas Floyd Phoenix Arena
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Athletic Department
B.S., Cumberland University
  Mark Brown is in his second season as an Assistant Coach for the Phoenix where he started his coaching career. Brown joined Coach Lewis in 2018 when he took over the program and has quickly become a big part in scouting reports. Brown finished his playing career at Cumberland after a stint at Shorter University and made the most of it.  In Brown’s senior season, he played a team high 35.2 minutes per game and led the team in scoring at 13.5 points per game and pulled down 5.1 boards. Brown also knocked down 83 three pointers which ranked 4th in the conference. Brown played his high school ball at Station Camp where he was a four-year letter-winner. Brown recently graduated from Cumberland.    

MARISSA CANTRELL

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Athletic Trainer
mcantrell@cumberland.edu
(615) 547-1284
Main Athletic Training Building
Staff
Athletic Department, Athletic Training Preceptors
The Jeanette C. Rudy School of Nursing Health Professions Athletic Training Preceptors
B.A. Mount Marty University
M.S.. Augustana University

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.   

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 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.  
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