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Coaches Directory

The relationship between a student-athlete and a coach is one of the most impactful relationships in a student’s life.

Our coaches are committed to not only preparing our athletes for competition but also teaching life lessons of discipline, perseverance, sportsmanship and other skills with Christ as the focus.


Brad Coon - Head Coach

Brad Coon - Head Coach, Director of Player Development

Brad Coon was named head baseball coach and director of player development for Lipscomb Academy in November 2018. Prior to joining the coaching staff of the academy, Coon was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels in 2005 and continued to play eight seasons of professional baseball with four different organizations: Los Angeles Angels, Washington Nationals, Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays. He was also the assistant baseball coach for Lipscomb University, a Division 1 Atlantic Sun Conference team. After growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, God lead him to Nashville where he attended Trevecca University and met his wife Candice. They have 2 young girls that attend Lipscomb Academy.

Baseball Staff:

  • Brad Coon: Head Coach, Director of Player Development
  • Branden Cadavid: Varisty Assistant (Infield)  
  • Alex Dorso: Varsity Assistant (Pitching Coordinator)
  • Bill Anderson: JV Head Coach
  • Thomas Story: JV Assistant
  • Jeremy George: MS Varsity Head Coach
  • Bill Wood: MS Assistant

Basketball, Boys

Will Mantlo - Head Coach

Will Mantlo - Head Coach

While an undergraduate at Lipscomb University, Will Mantlo played basketball for the Bisons, earning a share of the Atlantic Sun regular-season championship and advancing to the NIT tournament in 2006. He joined Lipscomb Academy as the head basketball coach in June 2016. Prior to working with student-athletes at Lipscomb Academy, he coached as an assistant at Ensworth High School for the girls’ program, helping lead the team to win a state championship (2010) and a state runner up (2009). Mantlo also worked as a graduate assistant at Freed-Hardeman University while completing his Masters in Education. In recent years, he has been the head middle school boys’ coach at University School of Nashville and the head boys’ basketball coach at Harpeth High School. Mantlo has coached travel basketball grades 4-12 for over 12 years. Mantlo is well-connected in the Nashville basketball community hosting camps, clinics, individual lessons and tournaments year-round through his basketball company Arete Athletics.

Boys Basketball Staff:

  • Will Mantlo: Head Coach
  • Andrew Greer: JV Head Coach, Varsity Assistant, Director of Basketball Operations
  • Devin Arnold: Freshman Head Coach, Varsity Assistant, Quality Control
  • Greg Brown: Varsity Assistant, Director of Player Development
  • Jay Walton: MS Head Coach
  • Andy Holiday: MS Assistant Coach
  • Hunter York: MS JV Coach, High School Assistant Coach, Director of Digital Content
  • Franklin Bennett: 6th Grade Varsity Coach, Director of Social Engagement

Basketball, Girls

Ryan Roller - Head Coach

Ryan Roller - Head Coach

A graduate of Lipscomb Academy and Lipscomb University, Ryan Roller was named an Independent All-American in 2003 for basketball while playing for the Lipscomb Bisons. He was a three-year starter on two teams that played in the NAIA national tournament, including a number two final national ranking, and made the transition to NCAA Division I. With 15 years of experience in player development and individual instruction, Roller uses his expertise to coach the varsity girls basketball team at his high school alma mater. Prior to returning to Lipscomb Academy, he was the director of basketball operations at Belmont University and freshman head coach at both Montgomery Bell Academy and Mount Juliet High School. Additionally, Roller has coached travel basketball since 2004 and coached the Stampede to a Tennessee state championship and qualified for the AAU national tournament in Orlando, FL. He has a Bachelor’s in Business Management and an MBA in leadership. Roller and his wife Melia have four children, two of whom are students at Lipscomb Academy.

Girls Basketball Staff:

  • Ryan Roller: Heach Coach
  • Reid Hillin: Varsity Assistant, JV Head Coach 
  • Cyndi Adams: Varsity Assistant 
  • Amanda Goodwin: Varsity Assistant
  • Daree Merritt: Varsity Assistant
  • Emily High: MS Head Coach
  • Madeline Welch: MS Assistant Coach 
  • Cyndi Adams: MS Assistant Coach
  • Loren Cagle: MS Assistant Coach, 5th/6th Head Coach


Diana Benson

Diana Benson - Head Coach

Diana Benson was raised in Boyd, Texas and attended Harding University, where she graduated with a BS in Psychology. Following that, she received her Masters in Guidance and Counseling from Tennessee State University. Diana is in her eighth season of coaching the Varsity Boys and Girls Bowling Team and Middle School Bowling Team at Lipscomb Academy. In addition to coaching, she also works in the high school office as the administrative assistant for the Head of the Upper School.

Bowling Staff:

  • Diana Benson: Varsity Head Coach, MS Head Coach
  • Charlie Ford: Varsity Assistant Coach, MS Assistant Coach
  • Kara Ford: Varsity Assistant Coach, MS Assistant Coach

Cheer, Basketball

Miranda Giles - Cheer Basketball Head Coach

Miranda Giles - Head Coach

Miranda Giles is starting her seventh year as varsity head basketball cheer coach and eighth year as a high school Spanish teacher. A graduate of Lipscomb University, Giles received her bachelor’s in Spanish Education and master’s in Technology Education. She is passionate about creating a squad of confident and compassionate women to lead not only through athletics but spiritually and academically as well.

Cheer Staff:

  • Miranda Giles: Varsity Basketball Cheer Head Coach
  • Donna Brasher: Varsity Director of Operations
  • Janene Ezell: MS Basketball Cheer Head Coach 

Cheer, Football and Competition

Anna Claire Temple

Anna Claire Temple - Head Coach

Anna Claire is a graduate of both Lipscomb Academy and Lipscomb University (Bachelor of Science in elementary education). She began cheering in fourth grade and continued throughout college. She has coached cheer and competitive programs at Ensworth, Brentwood Academy and Centennial High School in Franklin. While coaching at Centennial, the Junior Varsity squad received fifth at nationals, and the Varsity squad received second.

Cheer Staff:

  • Anna Claire Temple: Varsity Football and Competition Head Coach
  • Donna Brasher: Varsity Director of Operations
  • Katie Batson: MS Football Head Coach

Cross Country

Dillon Seigenthaler

Dillon Seigenthaler - Head Coach

In addition to fulfilling the role of director of human performance, Dillon Seigenthaler also serves as Lipscomb Academy’s head cross country coach. His mission remains the same - to inspire attainable goals for all students and foster relationships that encourage confidence in one’s self and to instill the knowledge that every student has the potential to succeed. Prior to joining the Academy, Seigenthaler was the Ensworth High School track coach for seven years. He and his wife, Laura, have two boys that attend the SEED school and Lower School.

Cross Country Staff:

  • Dillon Seigenthaler: Varsity Head Coach
  • Kayla Montgomery: Varsity Assistant
  • Todd Cunningham: MS Head Coach
  • Scott Broadway: MS Assistant


Trent Dilfer

Trent Dilfer - Head Coach

Coach Dilfer joined Lipscomb Academy as the head football coach in January of 2019. Prior to coming to Lipscomb, Trent was a Super Bowl-winning quarterback and also served as an analyst for a variety of ESPN programs. The 14-year NFL veteran joined ESPN in July 2008, the same day he announced his retirement from the National Football League. Dilfer played for five teams during his career, including the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1994-99), Baltimore Ravens (2000), Seattle Seahawks (2001-04), Cleveland Browns (2005) and San Francisco 49ers (2006-2007).

Football Staff:

  • Trent Dilfer: Head Coach
  • Trenton Kirklin: Assistant Head Coach, Offensive Coordinator, CFB Recruiting Coordinator
  • Bruce Kittle: Offensive Line, Player Development
  • Jamie Graham: Wide Receivers
  • David Floyd: Offensive Line Assistant
  • Patrick Carpenter: Special Projects, Quarterbacks
  • Kevin Smith: Varsity Defensive Coordinator 
  • Corry Stewart: Co-Defensive Coordinator
  • George Pulley: Special Units Coordinator
  • CJ Broussard: Defense, Quality Control
  • John Green: Defensive Line  
  • Andrew Stewart: Defensive Assistant
  • Devin Arnold: Sub Varsity, Head Coach
  • Thomas Story: Sub Varsity, Offensive Coordinator
  • Caleb Guarino: Social Engagement
  • Preston Campbell: Director of Football Operations 
  • Mark Pugh: Operations Assistant
  • Joelle Broussard: Academic Coach
  • Rebecca Brundige: Nutritionist
  • Luke Richesson: Director of Sports Performance
  • Emma Kittle: Sports Performance Assistant
  • Dale Binkley: MS Head Coach
  • Dallon Hudson: MS Offensive Line
  • Ben Haynes: MS Assistant
  • Will Temple: MS Assistant
  • Rashaun Strickland: 5th/6th, Head Coach
  • Nathan Wade: 5th/6th, Assistant


Greg Wilder

Greg Wilder - Head Coach

Greg Wilder has served as the head golf coach at Lipscomb Academy during the years of 2003-2010 and then 2017 to present. During his years of coaching, he has celebrated 5 D1 players and multiple district and regional winning teams and individuals. He still remembers very well his 2007 team, which were state champs. Wilder received his BA from Lipscomb University, where he played golf during the years of 1979-1983, winning a total of 7 tournaments. In 1983, he was a member of the 2nd team All-American.

Golf Staff:

  • Greg Wilder: Varsity Head Coach  
  • Tim Taylor: Varsity Assistant   
  • Andrew Greer: MS Head Coach


Hockey Staff:

  • Ethan Burau: Varsity and JV Head Coach
  • Michael Aucoin: Varsity and JV Assistant Coach 
  • Alex Melin: Varsity and JV Assistant Coach
  • Brian O’Loughlin: Varsity and JV Assistant
  • Rich Melin: JV Coach, Manager Program

Soccer, Boys

Ryan Bouch - Director of Soccer

Ryan Bouch - Director of Soccer, Head Coach

Ryan Bouch joined Lipscomb Academy in October 2018 as head high school boys’ soccer coach and was named director of soccer in September 2019. Leading the Mustangs in Division II soccer, Bouch envisions building a legacy at Lipscomb Academy with a superior soccer program in place. As director over the program, he works with all soccer coaches to build the early foundation blocks and have in place the fundamentals of soccer through practices. Prior to Bouch joining the academy, he was a semi-professional soccer player in England. Upon graduating from high school, Bouch played in the Cambridge City youth soccer system followed by stints at New Market Town and Bishop Stortford Football Clubs. After ending his career as a player, Bouch coached 13 and under and 16 and under soccer teams. As a side hobby, he is a competitor in Spartan races, half marathons and obstacle races at elite levels across North America. In 2017, Bouch was rewarded a full-time sponsorship by Nutrishop USA for his achievements, and in 2018, he was named a qualifier for the world championships in London, England, for placing second in the Warrior Dash in Pulaski, TN. In the last two years, he has competed in many races, 10 of which as podium finishes.

Boys Soccer Staff:

  • Ryan Bouch: Director of Soccer, Head Coach
  • Coy Boazman: Varsity and JV Assistant
  • Franklin Bennett: MS Co-Head Coach

Soccer, Girls

Amber Spragg

Amber Spragg - Head Coach

Amber Spragg is in her fourth year of teaching art in the middle school and coaching girls soccer at Lipscomb Academy. Her first year, she served as the high school varsity assistant and this year, she begins her third year as the varsity head coach. She is involved with the Nashville Coaching Coalition and was part of the Coaches Leadership Academy fall class of 2018. Amber strives to build a program that embodies our core values of excellence, grace and humility. “I coach to help girls develop confidently into who God has created them to be; to pursue excellence, serve with humility and make a positive impact on the world around them.”

Girls Soccer Staff:

  • Amber Spragg: Varsity Head Coach
  • Megan Long: Varsity Assistant  
  • Marc Fatton: Varsity JV  
  • Layne Collier: MS Head Coach
  • Daniel Viera: MS Assistant 


Leslie Robinson

Leslie Robinson - MS Head Coach

Leslie Robinson, former SEC collegiate athlete and NCAA Division II coach, has played softball competitively for more than twenty years. As a student at Goodpasture Christian School, Robinson and her team won two TSSAA Tennessee State Championships, and her team was state runner-up twice. Additionally, she was named mid-state player of the year and was selected as an all-state athlete for three different years. After high school, Robinson was recruited to play softball at Louisiana State University (LSU). While at LSU, her team won the Southeastern Conference (SEC) two consecutive years, came in third place in the Women’s College World Series and was ranked third in the country by the National Fastpitch College Association (NFCA). Robinson transferred to the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga (UTC), and her team won the Southern Conference and went to the NCAA Regional Tournament twice. While completing her Master of Education degree at Trevecca Nazarene College, Robinson was the graduate assistant softball coach there and coached the team to the Division II World Series. Currently, Robinson is a second-grade teacher at Lipscomb Academy’s Lower School.

Softball Staff:

  • Leslie Robinson: MS Head Coach
  • Hannah Shong: MS Assistant Coach


Joe Fridrichsen - Head Coach

Jonas (Joe) Fridrichsen - Head Coach

Joe Fridrichsen is entering his 4th season as the high school swim coach. A life long “water dog”, he has competed in swimming since he was 11 years old. Fridrichsen has coached and competed at the local, state and collegiate levels. The Lipscomb Swimmers have competed in local high school competitions with several swimmers advancing as far as the high school state champion meets.

Swimming Staff:

  • Joe Fridrichsen: Head Coach
  • Nathan Pugh: Assistant Coach


Ryan Nikolaus - Head Coach

Ryan Nikolaus - Head Coach

A Lipscomb Academy 2002 graduate, Ryan Nikolaus played four years of varsity tennis, reaching TSSAA state individual semi-finals in doubles and the TSSAA state team final. After graduating from Abilene Christian University in 2006 with a bachelor’s in English and pursuing further graduate work in theology, Nikolaus and his wife spent three years living in London, England, followed by 18 months in Dakar, Senegal, and a year in New York City. Returning to Nashville in 2015, Nikolaus returned to his alma mater to teach middle school Bible and began helping as an assistant with the middle school tennis program. Following that season, he joined the high school coaching staff working as an assistant under longtime Lipscomb University and Lipscomb Academy coach Lynn Griffith. Taking over the program in 2019, Nikolaus hopes to build upon the rich tradition of Lipscomb tennis by continuing to develop our players athletically and spiritually, fostering a sense of community within the program and promoting a deeper appreciation for tennis as a lifetime sport.

Tennis Staff:

  • Ryan Nikolaus: Head Coach, MS Head Coach
  • Reagan Brown: Assistant Varsity and MS Coach

Track and Field, Boys

Tim Taylor

Tim Taylor - Head Coach

A math teacher and football coach at Lipscomb Academy since 1983, Tim Taylor began coaching middle school track in 1985. He became the boys varsity head coach in 1987 and has served in that capacity for the last 33 seasons. In addition to coaching track, he spent 36 years as a varsity football coach before accepting the role as the assistant golf coach in the fall of 2019.

Track Staff:

  • Tim Taylor: Boys Head Coach
  • Alyssa Andersen: Shot and Discus Coach
  • Griffin Johnson: Vault Coach
  • Kayla Montgomery: Distance Coach
  • Andrew Stewart: Sprints Coach
  • Anna Bowers: Assistant Coach
  • Loren Cagle: Assistant Coach
  • Dillon Siegenthaler: Assistant Coach
  • John Green: MS Track Coach

Track and Field, Girls

Todd Cunningham - Head Coach

Todd Cunningham – Head Coach

After four years as a sprint coach at Lipscomb University, Todd Cunningham joined the track coaching staff at Lipscomb Academy in 2007. He became the girls’ head track coach in 2008 and the head middle school cross country coach in 2019.

Track Staff:

  • Todd Cunningham: Girls Head Coach
  • Alyssa Andersen: Shot and Discus Coach
  • Griffin Johnson: Vault Coach
  • Kayla Montgomery: Distance Coach
  • Andrew Stewart: Sprints Coach
  • Anna Bowers: Assistant Coach
  • Loren Cagle: Assistant Coach
  • Dillon Siegenthaler: Assistant Coach
  • John Green: MS Track Coach


Jake House

Jake House - Head Coach

Jake House is starting in her 7th year at Lipscomb Academy as head volleyball coach and also as a math teacher at Lipscomb Academy. Prior to her time at Lipscomb Academy, she coached as a graduate assistant at Lipscomb University from 2011-2013, while working to complete her Masters in Secondary Math Education. She has coached club for over 10 years at almost every level from 18s through 12s as a head and assistant coach. While attending Lipscomb University for her undergraduate degree in Fashion Merchandising and Interior Design, she started all four years on the university team as a setter.

Volleyball Staff:

  • Jake House: Varsity Head Coach
  • Cyndi Adams: Varsity Assistant
  • Lauren Suddath: Varsity Assistant, Head JV Coach
  • Rachel Rich: Freshman Head Coach
  • Sara Mitchell: MS Head Coach
  • Mallory Michen: MS Assistant