Sixth Annual MLK Day of Service

By Jess Plyer
For the sixth year in a row, Trevecca students can join students from other universities in Nashville to help alleviate hunger in Middle Tennessee.

On Jan. 14, Trevecca  will participate  in the MLK Day of Service, hosted by Fisk University.

More than 300 students from Trevecca, Belmont, Lipscomb, Vanderbilt, Fisk and Meharry will take part in various service projects at local organizations who work on issues of hunger and food security.


Lady Trojans soccer adds new head coach

By Andrew Preston

When the Lady Trojans soccer team suits up for action next fall, they will be led by a new head coach, Kelsey Fenix.

Previous head coach, Mark Foster, resigned as head coach of the Lady Trojans last week after accepting a job as an assistant coach for the University of South Alabama.

Trevecca Athletic Director, Mark Elliott (right) introducing new womens soccer head coach Kelsey Fenix (left)

Trevecca Athletic Director, Mark Elliott (right) introducing new head coach (Kelsey Fenix)


Fenix, the former associate coach at Lipscomb University, was officially announced on Thursday as Foster’s replacement at a university press conference.

“I would like to thank Mark Foster for helping me get this job. I believe in the vision and mission statements of the school and am excited to begin competition,” said Fenix.

Fenix has been surrounded by the game of soccer her entire life. Fenix played collegiately at the University of Kentucky before playing semi-pro soccer.

“(At Trevecca), I want a blue-collar team. I want to improve on last team’s success and add another conference championship for the program,” said Fenix.

According to Athletic Director Mark Elliott there are many ways to find a new head coach at the Division-II level. [Read more…]

How Karate Helps Fight Juvenile Arthritis

Lucy, a nine-year-old karate champion, is fighting a much bigger battle than just getting her black belt.

Reporter: Tyler Adams

Sophomore Soccer Player Attends U.S. Paralympic National Team Training

By Brooklyn Dance
Elijah Ridley, sophomore and a defender on the Trevecca soccer team, never expected for someone from the U.S Paralympic National Team to contact him.  He still isn’t exactly sure how they found them, but he is glad they did.    
Ridley received a Facebook message from the captain of the U.S. Paralympic National Team, asking him about his condition and asking if Ridley would be interested in talking to the coach or the team trainer. 
After Ridley expressed interest to the team captain, the team’s coordinator emailed Ridley asking if he would be willing to come to a training camp, Nov. 30 through Dec. 6 in Tampa, FL. 

[Read more…]

Volleyball season, Atkinson’s career ends with G-MAC tournament loss

By Andrew Preston

The 2016-17 Lady Trojans Volleyball season ended with a four set loss against the Ursuline Lady Arrows in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) on Nov. 17.

The end of the season not only marks the end competition, but also the end of lone senior Katelyn Atkinson’s career.

“She’s always been a great competitor. She’s improved each year in many ways. She improved this year, but the players around her were better, so we didn’t depend on her quite so much,” said Jamie Crowley, head coach. vb_g_mac_2016_pre

Atkinson matured during her junior to become the player she is, Crowley said. She developed better relationships with coaches and teammates.

“You don’t replace someone like her, it’s a big hole to fill,” said Crowley, “I’d like to see other players step up and see this as an opportunity for them to ‘takeover.’ It’s not going to be one player; it’s got to be every single player to hide that kind of offensive production.” [Read more…]

Coach Foster, five Lady Trojans honored with end of the year awards

By Andrew Preston

For the second time in four seasons, Mark Foster, head women’s soccer coach, is Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) Coach of the Year.

“Obviously I take a lot of pride in winning the award, but it’s not about me,” said the coach from Newcastle, Ireland. “What I hate is Calvin and Kaitlyn (our assistant coaches) don’t get the credit. I stand up there and get handed the trophy, but I really wouldn’t win any award if it wasn’t for them.”

Foster coached the Lady Trojans to a 13-5-1 (11-3 G-MAC) record before falling to the eventual G-MAC champions, Davis & Elkins, 2-0 in the Trevecca hosted G-MAC tournament in early November. [Read more…]

Trojans’ Schmalz joins close friend, MVP Ben Zobrist at World Series

By Andrew Preston

When it comes to attending the World Series, Trevecca baseball coach Ryan Schmalz has something most baseball fans don’t: experience and a friend.

Schmalz, now entering his fifth season with the Trojans, was on the field with his friend and former college baseball teammate, Ben Zobrist, celebrating after the Chicago Cubs won the World Series.


Coach Schmalz (left) with World Series MVP- Ben Zobrist (right)

“I was allowed on the field for the celebration. It was really chaotic. There was an incredible amount of media,” said Schmalz. “Ben was pulled in a 1,000 different directions for interviews and such, I didn’t get to talk to him a whole lot. I had my chance to see him, say a few words, hug and pray with him, but that was it.”

Being on the field after the Cubs won the 2016 pennant was Schmalz’s third time to be at a world series to support his friend.

“In 2008 when the Rays played the Phillies I got a chance to go to a game when Ben (Zobrist) was in Tampa. Last year I went to New York to see the Royals play the Mets,” he said.

Watching his friend play in Game 7 of the World Series, which went into extra innings, was nerve racking for Schmalz.

“It was incredible. It was an electric environment. It was really hard to watch when you know somebody out there. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time,” he said.  [Read more…]