As Florida College prepares to finish competition in the USCAA and join the NAIA and SSAC, the Falcons will welcome staff and coaches to new roles for the 2017-2018 academic year!
Kathleen Trigg has been appointed as the faculty athletic representative (FAR) for Florida College athletics. She will play a major role in certifying students-athletes eligible for competition in the NAIA. Kathleen is an outstanding professor on our campus and will bring a history of excellence to the department.
Cornelia Jones has been appointed as the compliance officer for Florida College athletics. She work closely with our faculty athletic representative to ensure we are in compliance with NAIA guidelines as it relates to student-athlete academic progress, seasons of competition, NAIA Clearinghouse and academic eligibility. Cornelia brings a wealth of experience as an excellent educator and a rich athletic background to the department.
Saif Alsafeer will fill the role of assistant athletic director for athletic development, having served as the administrative assistant to the athletic director for the past three years. He will also continue to serve as the supervisor for Qualls Field and soccer game day manager among other duties within the department.
Chase Teichmann has been appointed the sports information director and assistant men's basketball coach. He will coordinate with our marketing department on the athletic website and social media and be responsible for live statistics for the NAIA and the USCAA. Chase completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and his master's degree from Freed-Hardeman University. He has served on the basketball staff at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga under Will Wade, the new head coach at LSU, and at Freed-Hardeman under Jason Shelton and then Jim Sanderson. We are excited to welcome Chase to the Florida College family.
Tim Hanlon has resigned as our head women's soccer coach. Tim has a long history with our soccer program. He played for the inaugural men's soccer team and was a starter and captain for the Falcons in 2005-2009. He coached both the men's and women's teams in 2009 and focused on the women's team in 2010. In his second stint as head coach of the women's soccer team, he led the program to a 21-10-2 record and a trip to the USCAA National Championship Tournament in 2016. Hanlon is employed full-time with the Plant City Recreation Department. We wish him well as he continues to pursue his career in recreation management.
David Castillo has been appointed the head women's soccer coach at Florida College. David has served as an assistant men's soccer coach at Florida College for the past two years. During that period, he has helped lead our men's program to a 26-6 record and two consecutive USCAA National Championship Tournaments. David was also a four-year starter for the Falcons from 2011-2014. After graduating from Florida College, he signed a contract to play for the Tampa Bay Kickers, a semi-professional soccer club. In addition to his coaching duties, David will also be the supervisor of the athletic annex. We are excited to welcome David Castillo to his new role.
David Wadlington has been appointed as the head women's basketball coach at Florida College. David has spent the last two years serving as the assistant men's and women's basketball coach. He helped lead the women's program to the first winning season in the program's history and back-to-back winning campaigns. In addition, the Lady Falcons received their first invitation to the USCAA National Championship Tournament. Prior to coming to Florida College, David served as the head women's basketball coach at Ohio Valley University for six years. Before his tenure at OVU, he spent ten years as an assistant men's basketball coach at Freed-Hardeman University. In addition to his coaching responsibilities, David will serve as the supervisor for Conn Gymnasium and provide game day management for volleyball and basketball.
Cornelia Jones has served the basketball programs at Florida College for six years in a number of capacities. She has been an assistant women's basketball coach for four years and the head women's basketball coach for two years. Cornelia will move to the men's basketball program for the 2017-2018 season as an assistant coach and director of basketball operations. Cornelia was an outstanding player at Delta State where she was a starter on three consecutive national championship teams. She is in the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tennessee, along with her teammates and coach. Cornelia is a great role model for all of our student-athletes.
Josh Keenan has been appointed as the head cross-country coach. Josh is a 2017 Florida College graduate. He was a four-year All-American and the 2017 runner-up at the USCAA National Championships. Josh has a passion for running and helping others achieve greatness. Kenny Weliever will continue to be a part of the cross-country programs and will serve as an assistant coach to the men's and women's programs. We are excited about Josh and Kenny beginning in their new roles as we transition into the NAIA.
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