The HCAC Welcomes New 2018-19 Head Coaches

The HCAC Welcomes New 2018-19 Head Coaches

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. --- The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference welcomes all new head coaches to the conference for the 2018-19 season.

Anderson

Steve Rock, Football - After 11 seasons as an assistant coach at Franklin College, Steve Rock will begin his first season as the head coach of the Anderson University football program in the fall of 2018. The assistant head coach at FC along with special teams coordinator, recruiting coordinator and linebackers coach, Rock was part of 10 HCAC championships along with 10 post season appearances in 11 years.

Jacob Ashton, Men's Lacrosse - Hired to start the program in 2017-18, Jacob Ashton begins his first year of competition for the Ravens new men's lacrosse program. Prior to coming to AU, Ashton was an assistant at Christopher Newport. He also has coaching experience at Messiah College, Ohio Valley and Bridgewater College.

Colin McSharar, Women's Lacrosse - McSharar comes to AU from nearby Franklin College. Hired at AU To start the school's women's lacrosse program in 2017-18. McSharar and the Lady Ravens will begin their first year of competition in 2018-19. Prior to AU, McSharar was the head coach at FC and had previous experience heading the men's club team at Butler University and was an assistant at Bishop Chatard High School in Indianapolis.

Bluffton

Aaron Krepps, Football - Aaron Krepps from Ada, Ohio, has been promoted to head football coach of the Bluffton University Beavers. Krepps previously served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the Beavers. Coach Krepps joined the Beavers last year after two seasons as an assistant at Ohio Northern University where he coached the receivers and served as special teams coordinator for the Polar Bears. Prior to his time at ONU, he was the running backs coach at Alderson Broaddus University (W.Va.), and held coaching positions at Adrian College (Mich.), at his prep alma mater, Belle Vernon (Pa.) High School and as a graduate assistant at Eastern Michigan University. In all of these roles his players received conference, region, national and academic and All-American honors.

Kaylea Jachno, Cross Country/Track & Field - Bluffton University has named Kaylea Jachno as head track and field coach and coordinator of cross country and track and field programs. Jachno comes to Bluffton after serving for the prior two years as assistant track and field and cross country coach at Manchester University in North Manchester, Ind. In 2016, she served as an interim assistant coach at Indiana Tech University in Fort Wayne, Ind. With six years of coaching experience, she has significant understanding of recruiting, athletics operations, and player training and development. She will start July 9.

Kevin Gregory, Women's Soccer - Bluffton University has named Kevin Gregory as its head women's soccer coach. Gregory has four years of experience coaching in the NCAA, plus an additional four years of Division III playing experience. For the past four years, he has served as the assistant men's soccer coach for Hendrix College, a Division III school in Conway, Ark. For two of those years, Gregory also served as an assistant coach for the Hendrix women's soccer team.

Sean Elvert, Men's Soccer - Bluffton University has named Sean Elvert as its next head men's soccer coach. Elvert returns to Bluffton after serving as an assistant men's soccer coach at Ohio Northern University for the past year. The two years prior, he was the assistant men's soccer coach at Bluffton and briefly led the team as the interim head coach. In both assistant roles, he gained significant experience in recruiting, day-to-day operations and player training. He will start head coaching duties in July.

Defiance

Manny Matsakis, Football - Manny Matsaki has been selected as head football coach of the Defiance College Yellow Jackets. Matsakis comes to Defiance with an extensive football background ranging from high school to NAIA, Division III, Division II, FCS, FBS and the Canadian Football League. Matsakis spent the last three years at Division III Widener University as the offensive coordinator and director of academics. The 2017 season culminated with a 7-4 record and a berth in the Centennial MAC Bowl Championship. Matsakis' collegiate coaching experience also includes stints at the University of Wyoming, Emporia State University, Kansas State University and Hofstra University. While at Kansas State, Manny worked closely with Hall of Fame coach Bill Snyder who steered the Kansas State program to the greatest turnaround in college football history. 

Antonio Guerra, Wrestling - Antonio Guerra enters his first season at the helm of the newly refounded Yellow Jacket wrestling program after serving two seasons at Ashland University. Guerra comes to Defiance from Ashland University, where he served as the head assistant wrestling coach since September 2015. In his time with the Eagles, Guerra had organized fundraising activities, been the main contact for top recruits, and coordinated practice plans for the Division II institution. During the 2016-17 season, he helped Michael Labry to a national championship in the 133-pound weight class, Ashland's first National Champion since 1996. As a team, the Eagles finished sixth in the country in the final NCAA rankings that season. Guerra is a 2008 graduate of the University of Findlay, where he earned a Bachelor's degree in biology. While wrestling for the Oilers, he was a two-time NCAA Division II National Champion, a three-time National Finalist, and a four-time Division II All-American. Guerra was also named Academic All-American and two-time University of Findlay Male Athlete of the Year honoree. Guerra is also a member of the Waite High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

Corey Parks, eSports - Corey Parks enters his first season as the head coach of the Defiance College eSports team. Prior to Defiance, Parks spent most of his energy on in-game leading, as well as coaching ESEA's Invite, Professional, and Mountain Dew League, across the Counter Strike franchise. In addition, he has been competing in eSports for over a decade participating in various games, leagues, and tournaments. Parks has competed all around the country and has established himself in the games of Hearthstone ranking as a Legend, Overwatch ranking as a Grandmaster, and Counter-Strike ranking as Global Elite. While serving as a coach the last three seasons, Parks has refined his recruiting techniques, boosted individual's mechanical and teamwork skills, planned and created practice schedules, team and individual strategy, and built competitive team environments. A native of California, Parks earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Entertainment Business from Full Sail University in the summer of 2015. 

Allan King Jr., Women's Basketball - Allan King, Jr. enters his first season as the head coach of the Yellow Jackets women's basketball program in 2018-19. King has spent the last six seasons at Wilmington College where he served as an Assistant Women's Basketball Coach working primarily with the defense. He helped establish the Quaker defense as one of the best in the Ohio Athletic Conference ranking them among the elite in rebound margin, field goal defense, and three-point pressure. Allan graduated from Bluffton University where he obtained a degree in Sport Management before attending the University of Heidelberg where he garnered a Master of Arts degree in Education. He is married to his wife, Maria, and the couple currently resides in Cincinnati with their five children, Lily (9), Trey (7), Si (5), Grace (3), and Hadley (1). 

Kaycee Butt, Softball - Kaycee Butt enters her first year as associate head coach for the Defiance College softball program and eighth year overall in 2019, after concluding her playing career with the Yellow Jackets in 2011. In her first two years, Butt served as a graduate assistant under Holava. During her coaching career with the Jackets, Butt has helped guide the team to two Conference Tournament appearances as well as top tier finishes among the HCAC in each of its last two seasons.

Franklin

Brad Jones, Softball - Jones takes over for Butch Zike, who retired after this past season's 30-12 campaign that featured the program's first-ever Heartland College Athletic Conference tournament championship and first-ever berth in the NCAA Division III national tournament. A 1984 graduate of Franklin himself, Jones was a four-year letter winner for the Grizzly baseball and basketball teams. After graduation, he played professional basketball in Australia, then returned to his alma mater as assistant men's basketball coach from 1990 to 1996. When he returned to the states, Jones also resumed a playing career on the diamond, earning six national softball championships and earning a spot in the Indiana ASA Hall of Fame in 2014.

Hanover

Grant Bellak, Baseball - Bellak comes to Hanover after spending the last seven seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for fellow Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference institution, Franklin College. Bellak was also the co-coordinator of the College's Campus Wellness Program and a lecturer for the Physical Education Department. During his most recent coaching stint, Bellak helped guide the Grizzlies to a 170-115 overall record, four HCAC Tournament appearances, two HCAC Tournament Final appearances, and one regular season and conference tournament championships. He also assisted Franklin to its first NCAA Division III National Tournament appearance since 2011, as the Grizzlies set a program record with 39 victories in 2018. Prior to his time in Central Indiana, Bellak was an assistant coach for Concordia University in Chicago. In two years, the Cougars posted a 66-19 overall record and were nationally ranked during the 2010 and 2011 campaigns. He also spent one season as a student assistant for Webster University (Mo.) in 2009, when the Gorloks posted a 28-15 overall mark, including a perfect 24-0 record in St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play

Jeff Roberts, Men's Lacrosse - Roberts will be the second head coach in program history, as he replaces former coach Skip Lichtfuss, who took on a leadership role with the U.S. Lacrosse national organization. Roberts comes to the College after a multi-year stint as the head lacrosse coach at Coppell High School near Dallas, Texas. During his time at Coppell, Roberts compiled 25 wins over a three-year span with the Cowboys. The program also received seven all-conference and one all-state honor during Roberts' time at the helm. While in the Dallas area, Roberts also worked two years for 3D Lacrosse and served as its Director for the Dallas area, and spent the last 12 months with Iron Horse Club Lacrosse as well. Prior to his time at Coppell, Roberts consumed over 15 years of coaching experience at the collegiate level, including stops at NCAA Division I institutions Marquette (Wis.), Vermont and Dartmouth (N.H.). His most recent collegiate experience came at Marquette, where the Golden Eagles posted a 16-16 overall record in two seasons, while making it to the Big East Tournament Semifinals in both 2014 and 2015. Roberts does have head coaching experience at the collegiate level as well, guiding Concordia University-Wisconsin from 2009-2013. Roberts helped create a Division III-level program, which started in 2011, as his teams amassed 26 wins over a three-year period. The Falcons also garnered 10 all-conference awards, while Roberts was named Midwest Lacrosse Conference (MLC) Coach of the Year in 2012.

Brandon Tereshko, Men's & Women's Golf - Tereshko will take over as the head coach for both golf teams after longtime Hanover athletic coach and supporter, Wayne Perry, announced his retirement at the conclusion of the 2017-18 campaign. Tereshko comes to the College after serving as the head men's and women's golf coach at St. Andrews University, a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics institution (NAIA) based in North Carolina. Prior to leading the Knights' golf programs, Tereshko was an assistant for his alma mater, Taylor University (Ind.) for one year. In his two-year stint at the NAIA institutions, Tereshko guided two teams, one men and one women, to a conference championship. At Taylor, the Trojans earned a total of nine victories, five on the men's side and four by the women's team.

Manchester

Ivan Matos, Volleyball - Matos has served as a head coach of Fort Wayne's Empowered Volleyball Academy 18s Elite Red squad since 2017 and had been a graduate assistant for the former Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne men's program from January-April 2016. He has a wealth of playing experience too, being a member of United States' volleyball's Double-A and Open Division runner-ups; playing professionally in Puerto Rico; and being a student-athlete for the Mastodons where he was named all-conference on the court and academically.

Mount St. Joseph

Charles Mason, Wrestling - The Lions coaching staff has been on a mission to rebuild the once dominant program. Coach Mason played an extremely important role in helping to bring an outstanding recruiting class to The Mount for the 2018-19 season. Coach Mason attended Princeton High School in Cincinnati, where he twice qualified for the OHSAA state tournament. After graduating from Princeton, Charles earned a scholarship to NCAA Division II Notre Dame College where he would become a team captain and an All-American. 

Rose-Hulman

Rachel Sellari, Volleyball -  Rachel Sellari takes over as Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology volleyball coach for the upcoming 2018 season.  Sellari comes to Rose-Hulman with playing experience at the NCAA Division I and Division III levels, along with coaching experience at the NCAA Division III and NAIA levels.  She spent the 2017 season as assistant coach at DePauw University after serving as assistant coach at Presentation College (S.D.) for two years.  Her career includes six years of club coaching experience. Sellari's career path includes playing experience from the University of Texas at Arlington (NCAA Division I) and Southwestern University (NCAA Division III).  She competed at Texas-Arlington in 2009, before completing her playing career and earning a bachelor's degree in kinesiology at Southwestern.  Her efforts helped Southwestern rank No. 1 nationally in defense and earn consistent national top 15 team rankings.  She competed on 2010, 2011 and 2012 teams that qualified for the NCAA Division III Tournament at Southwestern.

Transylvania

Amy Barmore, Volleyball - After four years at the helm of the Transylvania volleyball program as the lead assistant, Amy Barmore was elevated to the head coaching role for the Pioneers this past February. Barmore, a native of Louisville, Kentucky, becomes the fourth head coach in Transylvania volleyball program history after the Pioneers experienced an increased win total in each of the past four seasons of her tenure as an assistant coach. In 2017, Barmore helped direct the Pioneers to their first 20-win season in four years as the Pioneers recorded a second-place finish in the HCAC and produced the HCAC Offensive Player of the Year, sophomore setter Hannah Talkers. Along with her assistant coaching duties over the past four years, Barmore has left her coaching imprint in the volleyball community in Central Kentucky over the past decade, coaching with the Lexington United Volleyball Club, and serving as an assistant coach at Tates Creek High School and Scott County High School. Barmore competed collegiately at Georgetown College (Ky.), leading the Tigers to a national runner-up finish in her senior season of 2010 where she received All-American Honorable Mention honors.

Kevin Ryan, Women's Triathlon - Kevin Ryan embarks upon his first season with the inaugural Transylvania women's triathlon squad in the 2018-19 campaign. In the summer of 2017, Transylvania became the first university in the state of Kentucky to offer women's varsity collegiate triathlon, joining five other Division III schools in the region. Ryan was selected in October 2017 to head up the women's triathlon squad which will make its debut on September 3 at the Division III Invitational in Naperville, Illinois. The University of Kentucky alum brings a diverse resume as the first head coach for Transylvania triathlon, previously serving as the head assistant coach of the Kentucky Aquatics Swim Team as well as its lead strength coach. Ryan has also worked as an independent triathlon coach since 2011 and is the head coach and founder of the Lexington Hippos Triathlon Team, a collection of adult amateur triathletes in Central Kentucky, fielding four USA Triathlon National Championship Qualifiers. In addition to his coaching credentials, Ryan himself is an accomplished professional triathlete specializing in Olympic and half-ironman distance non-drafting races and is undefeated in Kentucky triathlon races dating back to 2011.