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Student-athletes aim for personal and team records

Bulldogs Aim for 1,000 on the Court and in the Classroom  

Andrew RowseyAndrew Rowsey is the first player in UNC Asheville history and the second player in Big South history to record 1,000 career points by his sophomore year. The starting guard achieved the milestone during a Big South match against defending conference champion Coastal Carolina on Jan. 22, where his 17 points helped the Bulldogs win, 75-65.

The Bulldog basketball star isn’t alone in the 1,000-point goal. Eight of UNC Asheville’s 15 NCAA Division I teams earned a perfect 1,000 points on the 2014 Academic Progress Report (APR), a team-based metric that accounts for the eligibility and retention of each student-athlete each term. Men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s and women’s tennis, cross country, and track and field all scored 1,000 in the most recent report.

New Soccer Coach Starts Spring Schedule

New head men’s soccer coach Mathes Mennell joins the Bulldogs from Loyola Marymount University in California, where he served as an assistant coach for the past 14 years. 

Before LMU, Mennell served as an assistant at the Air Force Academy after returning from active duty following graduation from the academy.

“We are going to build a program that will be based on character and development of student-athletes. You do that and you win games,” said Mennell at a February press conference. 

Women's Swimming Team

UNC Asheville women’s swimming team wrapped up its best-ever performance at the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association Championships in February 2015, setting 10 team records and five freshman records.

Athletics Hall of Fame 2015 Inductees

Eddie Biedenbach was the Bulldogs head coach for 17 seasons from 1996–2013. He led Asheville to a school-record 256 wins, five Big South Conference regular-season titles, three tournament titles and three trips to the NCAA Tournament.

Andre Smith was a four-year starter for Bulldog basketball in the backcourt and is the school’s eighth all-time leading scorer with 1,495 points. He was the 2000 Big South Rookie of the Year and 2003 Big South Tournament MVP, helping to lead Asheville to the NCAA Tournament.

Hilary McKay Williams is UNC Asheville women’s soccer all-time leader in goals scored with 53. She set a single-season record for goals scored in 2003 with 21. The Asheville native was the 2002 Big South Rookie of the Year and 2005 Big South Player of the Year. She also helped lead the Bulldogs to two Big South Conference regular-season championships.