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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.

Baseball

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

Kevin Starks, head boys' basketball coach

Kevin Starks - Head Boys' Basketball Coach

For the past 20 seasons as head coach, Kevin Starks' teams have reached the playoffs 19 times. He played for Abilene Christian University before coaching varsity at Dallas Christian and Fort Worth Chrisitan High School, both in Texas, and Harding Academy in Memphis. During his 15 years at Harding Academy, he coached his team to eight semi-finals and four state championship games, winning titles in 2008, 2009 and 2016 and was runner-up in 2015. Starks was awarded TSSAA Tennessee Coach of the Year (2016) and twice was named Memphis MOST Favorite: Best Sports Coach (2016 and 2017). Additionally, he was named Basketball Coaches Association of Tennessee (BCAT) Coach of the Year (2008 and 2012). Furthermore, Starks served as associate head of school and director of athletics at Harding Academy. Because of his talent, work ethic and commitment to the advancement of all 16 sports at Harding, he received the TSSAA A.F. Bridges Athletic Director of the Year designation (2013-2014).

Boys' Basketball Staff:

  • Andrew Greer: JV Head Coach, Varsity Assistant, Director of Basketball Operations
  • Devin Arnold: Freshman Head Coach, Varsity Assistant, Quality Control
  • 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

Becky Starks, head girls' basketball coach

Becky Starks - Head Girls' Basketball Coach

Becky Starks played NCAA Division I basketball at Ole Miss, was the all-time three-point leader and earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from there. While a graduate student at Ole Miss, she was an assistant basketball coach. Upon graduation, Starks returned to Tennessee to coach and teach and spent 12 years total (2003-2005, 2009-2019) at Harding Academy in Memphis where she was instrumental in creating a strength and conditioning program for female student-athletes. Under her leadership as head basketball coach, Harding won the TSSAA Division II Class A state championship (2010) and eight district championships. Additionally, Starks served as the assistant women’s basketball coach at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, as well as head basketball coach at Hutchison School in Memphis, and most recently, she served as an assistant basketball coach at Grace Christian Academy in Franklin.

Girls' Basketball Staff:

  • Cyndi Adams: Varsity Assistant 
  • Amanda Goodwin: Varsity Assistant
  • Daree Merritt: Varsity Assistant
  • Emily High: MS Head Coach
  • Cyndi Adams: MS Assistant Coach
  • Madeline Welch: MS Assistant Coach 
  • Loren Cagle: MS Assistant Coach, 5th/6th Head Coach
  • Anna Bowers: MS Assistant 6th Grade Coach

Bowling

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
  • 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
  • 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

Football

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
  • John Green: Defensive Line  
  • 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
  • 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

Golf

Ben Pellicani - head golf coach

Ben Pellicani - Head Coach

Ben Pellicani spent five years coaching at Lipscomb University helping the program reach new milestones as the Bisons qualified for the NCAA DI postseason twice as a team with at-large bids, once reaching the national championship all firsts for the university. Prior to joining the Lipscomb University coaching staff, Pellicani served for three years as the director and head coach of the Mike Bender Elite Golf Academy. While at MBEGA, his students claimed over 30 junior titles. He also worked with two students who have been ranked No. 1 in the nation and another pair who have been in the top-5 in the Rolex AJGA Junior rankings. Along with his work at MBEGA, Pellicani has worked with a number of US Senior Open qualifiers and an All-Atlantic Coast Conference player. His expertise in teaching has allowed him to speak at various PGA Section seminars and is a lead instructor at the local putting manufacturer SeeMore Putting Company. As an instructor, he has been recognized by Golf Digest as a “Best in State” and “Best Young Teacher in America” golf instructor since 2017. Additionally, Pellicani was named Tennessee PGA Section, 2019 Middle Tennessee Chapter Teacher of the Year. Pellicani is the owner of PelliGolf, a golf instruction organization.

Golf Staff:

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

Hockey

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

Girls' Soccer Staff:

  • Ryan Bouch: Director of Soccer, Head Coach
  • Hailey Eck: Varsity/JV Assistant  
  • Megan Long: Varsity Assistant  
  • Marc Fatton: Varsity JV  
  • Layne Collier: MS Head Coach
  • Daniel Viera: MS Assistant 

Softball

Josh Story - Softball Head Coach

Josh Story - Head Coach

Josh Story is a former college baseball athlete for Trevecca Nazarene University and Lipscomb University. Upon graduation, he served as a graduate assistant coach for Lipscomb. After playing baseball for nearly two decades, he switched gears to coach 12U travel softball in 2012. Story believes that by marrying sports knowledge and athletic strength with exceptional experiences and genuine interactions, these serve to transform the student-athlete holistically.

Softball Staff:

  • Lindsay Story: Assistant Coach
  • Hannah Shong: MS Assistant Coach

Swimming

Swimming Staff:

  • Nathan Pugh: Assistant Coach

Tennis

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 & 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
  • Anna Bowers: Assistant Coach
  • Loren Cagle: Assistant Coach
  • Dillon Siegenthaler: Assistant Coach
  • John Green: MS Track Coach

Track & 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

Volleyball

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