My daily post theme for 2017 is on Colleges and Universities.
The plan for starting my blog back in 2014 was at the urging of fellow coaching colleagues to share posts on leadership and/or motivation. Somehow that idea got derailed and turned into daily posts on one theme for an entire year.
In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and for 2017 I will focus on “Colleges and Universities”.
I have been associated with colleges since I was 18 and I love them. I have coached/worked at four different universities and in my professional and personal travels visited 100’s more. Each college has something in its history that I want to share that to me make it unique or personal.
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Name of University: Brevard College
Location: Brevard NC
One of my four sons Kyle Kenney happens to be a college soccer coach. He got his first full-time position at Brevard College serving as an assistant coach during the 2015/16 season. Today he is at Winthrop University. Today also happens to be his 27th birthday.
Brevard is located in the western part of North Carolina.
Brevard College, a United Methodist institution located in the mountain town of Brevard NC was named in honor of Ephraim Brevard. He was part of North Carolina history as it pertains to the American Revolution.
Brevard College can be linked to three institutions Weaver College founded in 1853, Rutherford College, and Brevard Institute. All three of these school got hit by the depression in the early 1930’s. In 1934 Brevard College sprung up with connections to each of the three previous closed institutions.
The first president of the new college was Eugene J. Coltrane. He remained president until 1950 . Brevard College in the early years had its own farm, garden, and dairy; students were responsible for much of the day-to-day operation of these facilities.
Photo below was taken of Brevard in the 1950’s.
The president today at Brevard is David Joyce. He is an avid cyclist and living in Brevard is a great place to engage in that activity. Dr. Joyce was the president while my son served as assistant soccer coach.
Our family owes a big deal of gratitude to Juan Mascaro who currently serves as Vice President for Strategic Planning and Athletics. He and a few others took a chance on hiring our son and helping him get his coaching career started.
Today Brevard College is a school with an enrollment of under 1,000 students and is a member of NCAA Division III.