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Belmont Abbey College Hires New Track & Field, Cross Country Coach

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Jay Phillips (right) will coach Track & Field and Cross Country at Belmont Abbey College.

BELMONT, N.C. (June 27, 2014) –  Belmont Abbey Director of Athletics Stephen Miss announced today the appointment of Jay Phillips as Head Men’s & Women’s Track & Field & Cross Country Coach at Belmont Abbey College. Phillips comes to Belmont Abbey from Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, where he was the Associate Head Coach for Cross Country & Track & Field for eight years.

“It gives me great joy to be invited into the Abbey family,” Phillips said. “The Abbey is at the forefront of uniting athletic excellence with virtue, and for anyone who is moved by that purpose, there is no better place to call home. I can’t wait to meet, work with and mentor the young men and women God is gathering to this program.”

“We are thrilled to have Jay and his family join the Belmont Abbey College community,” Miss said. “Coach Phillips is a tremendous addition to our ever-improving staff, and we believe that his unique background is ideally suited to mentor and lead our young women.  Coach Phillips possesses a spiritual, academic, and athletic skill set that will enable him to articulate and to promote the ‘sport properly directed’ initiatives that are central to Crusader Athletics.”

During his tenure at Mount Saint Mary’s, Phillips guided the sprinters and hurdlers to multiple NCAA Division I National Championship qualifications. His athletes earned numerous IC4A and ECAC Championship all-east honors and dozens of championship qualifications.  His athletes broke eight school records, three Northeast Conference records, earned 20 NEC championship wins, two NEC Rookie of the Year honors, 34 NEC All-Conference honors, and 2 NEC Most Outstanding Track Athlete of the Year awards.

In 2010, Phillips started a “Faith and Athletics” program at Mount Saint Mary’s designed to integrate student-athletes vocation in sport with their call to live a virtuous life.  In 2005, Phillips earned his bachelor’s degree from Mount Saint Mary’s in theology and received two prestigious academic awards the Flanagan Memorial Prize and the Sheridan Award. Phillips earned his master’s degree from Mount Saint Mary’s in theology in 2008 and was a lecturer in the undergraduate theology department from 2008 until 2014.

As an athlete, Phillips was one of the Mount’s distinguished sprinters who consistently led the team on and off the track.  A member of the Mount’s all-time top sprinters’ list, he was also a member of the Mount’s All-East 4x400m relay team that still holds the school record.

Phillips and his wife, Dale, were married in 2006. The couple has two children, Adelaide (Addie) and Isaiah.

Founded in 1876 by Benedictine monks, Belmont Abbey College focuses on the development of the whole person in mind, body and spirit. Located just 10 miles west of Charlotte, N.C., the College is currently home to more than 1600 students.  For more information, visit belmontabbeycollege.edu or abbeyathletics.com.

Friday, June 27, 2014|Categories: News, TopNews||

The Golden LEAF Foundation Awards Scholarships Through North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities

Raleigh, NC, April 23, 2014 – The Golden LEAF Foundation awarded $210,000 to North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities that was distributed among NCICU’s member colleges for the 2013-2014 academic year.

The Golden LEAF Foundation has partnered with North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities to provide scholarship support for 12 years.  During this time, the Foundation has contributed more than $6 million, helping over 1,200 students attend North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities. Students are eligible for $3,000 per year.  Recipients of the Golden LEAF Scholarships must reside in rural counties that are tobacco-dependent or economically distressed.  The overall goal of the program is that these students will return home after receiving their degree and help their rural communities.

“The Golden LEAF Foundation is committed to building the talent, knowledge and skill of North Carolina students,” said Dan Gerlach, Golden LEAF president. “The Golden LEAF Scholarship program assists in providing the vital funds needed for a quality education, and therefore, helps level the playing field for economic success in our rural, tobacco-dependent and economically distressed communities.”

Hope Williams, president of North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities expressed deep appreciation to the Golden LEAF Foundation.  “The Golden LEAF Scholarships are critical to providing college access for rural North Carolinians.  Most of these scholarship recipients are first-generation college students, so attending college on a small campus with individual attention can play an important role in their overall success and to their graduation from college.”

About the Golden LEAF Foundation:

The Golden LEAF Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1999 to help transform North Carolina’s economy. The foundation receives one-half of North Carolina’s funds from the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement with cigarette manufacturers and places special emphasis on assisting tobacco-dependent, economically-distressed and/or rural communities across the state. The Golden LEAF Foundation works in partnership with governmental entities, educational institutions, economic development organizations and nonprofits to achieve its mission. The foundation has awarded 1,248 grants totaling more than $548 million since its inception. The Golden LEAF Foundation has awarded more than $29 million for scholarships to over 12,000 students from rural North Carolina, since its inception. Scholarships are available to students attending North Carolina Community Colleges, North Carolina public universities and North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities.  For more information about Golden LEAF visit www.goldenleaf.org.

About North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities:

The mission of North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities is to support, represent, and advocate for North Carolina independent higher education.   NCICU is comprised of North Carolina’s 36 private, non-profit liberal arts, comprehensive, and research colleges and universities accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges – including Belmont Abbey College. NCICU represents independent higher education in the areas of state and federal public policy and on education issues with the other sectors of education in the state. We also provide research and information to and about private colleges and universities, conduct staff development opportunities, and coordinate collaborative programs.  The Independent College Fund of North Carolina, a subsidiary of NCICU raises scholarship and other funding through state and national philanthropic communities to support students attending independent colleges and universities.  To help defray administrative costs, NCICU, in some cases, may receive a modest amount of funds under agreements made with participating companies or may accept sponsorships of meetings or other events.  For more information, visit www.ncicu.org.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized||

Announcing Summer School 2014

Get ahead on your degree or get going on a new one, enroll for summer school classes at Belmont Abbey College. Three sessions are available on both our Belmont and Charlotte campuses beginning May 27 and ending July 28. Choose from a wide variety of courses including Rhetoric, Business, Theology, Mathematics and much more.

Registration for classes begins March 18 and ends May 27, the first day of classes.

To register contact our registrar’s office via e-mail at registrar@bac.edu and include the course ID number and title. If you are not yet a current student of Belmont Abbey College begin by applying for admission today!

Traditional students are allowed to register for Summer ADP sessions. New traditional students for Fall 2014 are not permitted to register for summer classes.

For our Summer School calendar and course schedule click here.

Thursday, March 13, 2014|Categories: News, TopNews||