HU welcomes new coaches

HU welcomes new coaches

As student-athletes begin to report to campus, the Heidelberg University athletic department welcomes a number of new members to its staff entering the fall of 2016.

Entering their first year as head coaches, Pat Svihlik and Brian Grime will lead the men's soccer and men's and women's cross country teams. After a coaching stint with Notre Dame College, Svihlik begins his first season with the Berg in 2016. Grime served as the cross country graduate assistant at Heidelberg from 2013-2015. After a year as an assistant coach at Tabor College in Kansas, he returns to the Berg to lead the cross country program following the retirement of Ron Martin.

In addition to the full time staff members, a bevy of new graduate assistants have joined the crew.

Mikaela Mitsch, a familiar face to the softball program, will begin serving her first year as a graduate assistant. Mitsch holds program career records in home runs, doubles, RBIs, and co-holds the hits record. She was an All-American, a CoSIDA Academic All-American, and a four-time NFCA All-Region selection. The search for the next head softball coach is currently underway.

Anthony Green joins the men's and women's cross country and track teams as a graduate assistant. A 2016 graduate of Wartburg College, Green earned All-Iowa conference honors. He placed 2nd at the 2014 indoor championships as part of the 4x800 meter relay team.

Tom Mills will be in his first year as a graduate assistant for the men's soccer program. Mills led the Mercyhurst team to three NCAA Division II national tournaments. He played a key role in the Lakers teams that won Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference titles in 2012 and 2014, including a national Final Four appearance in 2012.

Chelsie Moyer, a 2015 graduate of Defiance College, will be the newest member of the women's soccer coaching staff. Moyer holds the record for most career starts, minutes played, and games played as a Yellow Jacket. She was named to the NSCAA All-Region scholar team as a senior and was selected as All-HCAC three times.

The football team welcomes three new coaches -- Ryan Finck, Bryan Bing, and Ethan Nichol. Finck, a four year letter winner for the football team, returns as a graduate assistant. As an offensive lineman, he made 24 appearances in his career with 6 starts.

Bing also enters his first season as a graduate assistant with the football team. Bing, a 2016 Methodist University graduate, was a three-time All-USA South Conference honoree. He ranks third in school history in career tackles.

Nichol, a 2016 College of Wooster graduate, starts his first season as a football graduate assistant. The defensive back finished 4th on the team in total tackles as a senior. Nichol was named to the NCAC Honor Roll three times.

Nicole Payne returns to Heidelberg as a graduate assistant for the women's basketball team. A 2016 Berg graduate, Payne was named team captain as a junior and senior. She was also awarded the team defensive player of the year award her senior season.

Justin Kihn also returns to his alma mater as the wrestling team's newest graduate assistant. He was a 2016 All-American, finishing 4th at the NCAA Division III Championships at 141. Kihn was named first team All-OAC and the OAC Wrestler of the Year as a senior.

Mark Anderson will begin his role as a graduate assistant for the men's and women's golf teams. Anderson graduated from Heidelberg in 2016 and concluded his career with back-to-back rounds of 74 at the OAC Championship.

Adam Manner joins the baseball program as a graduate assistant. A Berg grad, Manner ranks second all-time in innings pitched with 261.1. He was a two-time All-OAC pick and a 2016 Academic All-OAC selection.

Willy Nelson joins the men's and women's tennis teams as a graduate assistant after serving as a volunteer assistant at his alma mater, the College of Wooster. Nelson was a two-time All-NCAC honoree and was also named an ITA scholar athlete in 2014. Nelson will work with recently-promoted head coach Bryan Wickliffe, who takes over after Jerry McDonald stepped down this summer.

Travis Brown joins the men's lacrosse program as a graduate assistant. A 2015 graduate of Aurora University in Illinois, Brown was the team defensive MVP his senior season and led the Spartans to three Division III Tournament appearances. He spent the 2016 season as a volunteer assistant coach at Aurora. Brown will work with first-year head coach Bill Schmoldt, who was on campus last year preparing for the inaugural season.

Ashley Travis will begin her first year as the women's lacrosse graduate assistant. She scored 30 goals as a member of the University of New Haven lacrosse program in Connecticut. Travis will work under head coach Rosie Knisley, who -- like Schmoldt -- has spent the last year recruiting and gearing up for the first season of competition.

Marissa Smego enters her first year as a graduate assistant for athletic marketing and information. A 2016 Berg graduate, Smego was a two-time all-region selection as a member of the softball team. She holds the single season record for hits and doubles, and co-holds the career hits record with Mitsch.