Coaches’ Commute to Campus A Cakewalk
Oct09

Coaches’ Commute to Campus A Cakewalk

Students aren’t the only ones who live on campus. Though many coaches have come and gone, currently two  live in university housing. Head men’s soccer Coach Brad Bankhead is in his eighth year coaching at the university. In July 2012, he moved into Stribling Hall with his family: wife, Shannon, and three children Mallory, Morgan and Max. They lived in Temple before relocating. University life compared to having a home outside of the school has its ups and downs. “There are a ton of differences,” Bankhead said.  “We don’t have the space that we once had, and we definitely are in a tighter house…. It’s a little less private, but we love being on campus and being around students. Our kids love it and enjoy having the quad as their front yard,” he said. Bankhead also spends less time traveling now. “My commute is about a minute and 30 seconds to my office, whereas it was before about 15 minutes,” he said. Head men’s and women’s tennis coach James Cohagan also lived with his family in Stribling Hall for nine years back in 1990. Cohagan enjoyed his time and the stories students would make up. “It was a lot of fun. I was both teaching and coaching. I learned a lot about what campus life was like. The computer ate my homework stories didn’t go quite as far when you saw the person who said they did it, but you saw them pick up a girl from Stribling that night,” he said. “In those days, the ping-pong tables and pool tables were down at the student union building, so we knew a lot more about what campus life was like.” Being on campus allows coaches to have a better relationship with their teams. Bankhead talked about being with his “other family.” “I see (my team) a whole lot more…. We don’t ever get away. That’s kind of the negative, but we enjoy it enough that we are never looking to get away,” Bankhead said. Assistant volleyball coach Lindsay Garza lives with her husband, Bear, and son, Anderson, in Gettys Hall. Garza  graduated from the university  in 2008. She played volleyball three years for the Cru. Garza and her family moved to campus two months ago. She also believes living at the university helps her relationship with the team. Moving off-campus would cause her to miss out on many memorable moments. “I think being on campus has been the bridge on getting to know them. In practices, everything is business, which is how we like our practices to be— very focused. So there is not a lot of opportunity to...

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Sport Spotlight: Collin Davies
Sep24

Sport Spotlight: Collin Davies

Collin Davies is a senior chemistry and Spanish major. He is from Pasadena, Texas, and was home-schooled as he grew up. Not only is Davies a student-athlete, but he also serves as the president of the student body on campus. This May, Davies will be the third of his brothers and sisters to graduate from UMHB. As well as sports, Davies is a family man. “Family has always been key in my development as an individual. I have enjoyed always being able to pour into somebody in my family, but also be mentored myself,” he said. Davies has enjoyed being a tennis player for the Crusaders. He participates in both the singles and doubles line-up. Davies has made an impact each season as a member of the Cru. “My favorite part of playing tennis is the adrenaline rush that I get when I step onto the court for a conference tennis match, especially doubles. I am really looking forward to the new conference format which we initiated this year, which allows us to play all of the teams in our conference rather than just the western division,” he said. Davies has a plan once he leaves Belton. Not knowing where he will land, but he plans to leave a Crusader legacy. Davies said, “I would love to work as an environmental analyst for an organization which seeks to end poverty here in the U.S. and in developing countries by equipping and enabling...

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Cru Volleyball Starts Conference Run
Sep24

Cru Volleyball Starts Conference Run

The volleyball team has been on fire lately and has no plans to cool down anytime soon. They are 13-2 with a good number of those wins coming against quality opponents. The women will be looking to continue those winning ways as they work through conference play. The ladies have already seen their dedication in the offseason pay dividends not even halfway through their season. Head coach Rob Frost said, “I think the biggest thing is that the girls worked out hard all summer. They came in in great shape. Physically we are playing high above the net and playing very fast, so it’s been good.” Conference play has just begun for the Cru, but it wasn’t anything that the team couldn’t handle. “We’ve had a really good preseason so far, especially getting wins against several regionally ranked teams. I think that we’re ready for our conference games but still have some growing to do, especially having one of the youngest teams in the conference,” sophomore mathematics major Kendall Pye said. The American Southwest Conference has been a competitive volleyball conference in years past, and that trend doesn’t look like it will change this year. With multiple teams boasting winning records, the competition looks as though it will be close throughout the season. “Our conference is looking really good this year. Many of the teams that were good last year are doing well again. And some others have shown a lot of improvement from last season,” Pye said. Frost agreed that the conference looks tough from the top down. “You got to play everybody hard, or anyone will beat you. There are a few teams that will be very tough, but I feel like we could have a good level of success if we keep working hard and keep getting better.” If you didn’t have a roster in front of you, it would seem like the team was full of juniors and seniors. But this is not the case. The team is relatively young with only one junior and the rest being sophomores and freshmen. “It’s very cool that we are such a young team. We work hard every day and want to prove that age isn’t what makes a team great. We have had some big wins, and I know we will accomplish great things throughout the rest of our season,” sophomore education major Kendra Feldmann said. The Crusaders’ next home game will be Oct. 25. The women will be traveling more than usual. It’s something the team thinks will be difficult, but not anything that will distract them from their goal. “It will be very tiring being...

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Tennis Teams Back in Action

The men’s and women’s tennis teams began their fall season by hosting the annual fall American Southwest Conference tournament in Belton, Sept. 12-14. Both teams have been preparing and practicing long hours in order to build on the success they have had in their previous tournaments. The flighted tournament consisted of nine men’s singles and seven women’s singles draws and four men’s doubles and three women’s doubles draws. Both the Cru and Lady Cru took the court and had players winning matches on all three days of the tournament. Head men’s and women’s tennis coach James Cohagan discussed  the season’s aspirations. “Our goals are always to try and make it into the conference playoffs. This year, we have a change in the format. In the past we had to concentrate on our west division matches, but now we have a lengthier and broader schedule with a lot more travel,” he said. Last year, both the teams won the regular season American Southwest Conference West Division title. It was the third time in the past four years that the women won the championships. For the first time, the men won the West Division title. Both teams went into post-season play, but fell in the semifinals of the ASC team tennis championships. This year, the men return six players and add five newcomers to complete their 11-man roster.  On the women’s squad, seven ladies return, and four freshmen have joined the team. At the fall ASC tournament, the Cru and Lady Cru made an impact in each singles and doubles flight. In the men’s singles second, third, sixth and ninth flights, Collin Davies, John Martin, Jimmy Turner and Cole Brachmann each won the consolation side of the draw. In the fourth-ranked flight, Scott Wilding lost in the finals to the University of Texas-Tyler. In the women’s singles first and fifth flights, Chaley Shiffler and Elizabeth Ostroff won the consolation draw. In flight six, Laura Grunden lost in the finals to Texas-Tyler. All others fell in the quarter or semifinals of their flights. In doubles, three of the four Crusader teams lost in the semifinals of the main draw. For the Lady Cru, the top three double teams as well advanced to the semifinals before falling. Student Assistant Coach Josh Pownall said of the conference tournament. “We had a lot of good matches … and we had a lot more discovery than showcasing. We now know what we can work on in the upcoming weeks to get ready for the ITA and the spring season.” Freshman nursing major Scott Wilding is already preparing for the spring. “The fall season helps us get...

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Menkin Makes Move Back Home
Sep24

Menkin Makes Move Back Home

After a season of playing professional football for the Philadelphia Eagles for a season, former UMHB student Nate Menkin returned  home to the Houston Texans this year. His athletic career began in middle school. By high school graduation he knew he was serious about the sport and wanted to pursue it. The path that led Menkin to UMHB was one of logic. “I had played sports my whole life, and I knew after high school I wanted to keep playing.” Menkin’s Cru football career  from 2008 to 2011 was stellar. As a senior, he was ASC All-American and offensive lineman of the year. Menkin said his trade back to the Texans was the result of injuries sustained by both teams. The Texans needed a lineman, while the Eagles needed a receiver. He was selected and is grateful to be back in Houston. He said, “I am happy because it’s closer to home, closer to what I’m used to.” Of the university, Menkin said, “I’m so proud of UMHB and how far they’ve come. They’re a continuing force in the Texas football realm. They’re also starting to get a lot of national recognition, which they deserve. They’re just being a powerhouse … and not just for football. People are starting to know about us.” Menkin, a business administration major, plans to come back and complete his degree in the spring. He also hopes to pay a visit to the new Crusader Stadium and catch, a home game on a bye week. Sam Maxie, a senior exercise sport science major and football player was close with Menkin during his time at UMHB. “He was a sophomore …. I was a freshman. He took me under his wing and showed me the ropes,” he said. Menkin’s guidance soon led to a lasting friendship with Maxie. “We played together for three years on the offensive line, and he’s been one of my best friends ever since.I consider the guy my brother,” he said. Maxie is beyond pleased with his friend’s athletic success. “I’m extremely proud of him. Playing in the National Football League is an amazing accomplishment that not many people achieve,” he said. Maxie attributes Menkin’s accomplishments to determination and a strong work ethic. “Nate is one of the most hard-working, disciplined people I have ever met. Plus, he is a great person on top of that. He invested everything he could to achieve his dream, and now he’s made it a reality.” Maxie follows Menkin’s career and keeps in contact with him regularly. Not only is Menkin taking care of things on the field, he  is making just as big of...

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Men’s and Women’s Soccer Kick Off Season With Wins

Both the Cru and Lady Cru soccer teams have begun their fall season. The men are currently 2-2 and split their doubleheader this weekend against Austin and Whitworth College. The women have a two-game winning streak, putting their record at 2-0. Last season, the men finished with a record of 10-6-1 and 8-3-1 in conference play. They fell in the quarterfinals of the American Southwest Conference tournament to Hardin-Simmons University 2-1. This year, the Cru return 20 players and add 13 men to complete their 33-man roster. Men’s soccer head coach, Brad Bankhead, has already set the goals for this season. “We want to be tough mentally and physically …. Our guys worked really hard in the offseason, in the weight room and on the field. This will hopefully give us a mental edge,” he said. The Cru hosted Schreiner University Aug. 30 to begin their schedule. The Mountaineers scored early in the first half, but the Cru finished the game with two goals in the second half. John Williams and Jonathan Hernandez both scored to secure the season opener victory. Junior international business major Isaiah Minick said, “It’s good to start off the season with a ‘w’ on the record, but we try not to focus on the result. Especially for these early games, we are focusing on working hard and getting to where we want to be as a team.” Senior computer science major Kabutey Ebeheakey is thrilled for their season to begin. “I’m really excited about the soccer season starting back up. We have been working to get ready for this for nine months, and we’re so glad that it’s finally here. We plan on having a very special season this year,” he said. The players are soaking up every minute of the ride. They understand they will never get these memories back. “It’s honestly really crazy to think that it’s my senior year, but I am looking forward to the things we can accomplish this year, and I’m ready to go out with a bang,” Ebeheakey said. The Cru will host Southwestern Christian University and the University of Texas of the Permian Basin at 7 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at home. Last year, the Lady Cru finished with an overall record of 6-8-2 and 3-7-2 in conference play. This season, the women return 12 players and welcome 17 newcomers to the team. Women’s soccer head coach, Barry Elkins, is making sure the team is focused on the games leading into conference play. “Right here at the beginning of the season, we are trying to take care of ourselves and make sure we...

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