Bethel University (TN)

McKenzie, TN 38201
Tennessee Southeast
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Misty Aird

Coach Misty Aird enters the 2017 season (18th at Bethel) with 188 wins which ranks her 11th in wins among active coaches in the NAIA. She has a 188 -126-18 career mark. Before joining the TranSouth Conference, she led the Lady Wildcats to six consecutive KIAC Championships. Her team was Region XII Champions in 2003, 2004 and 2005. Bethel qualified for the NAIA National Tournament for three consecutive years; in 2003, 2004, and 2005 with an "Elite Eight" finish in 2004.

In 2006, Coach Aird reached the 100 win plateau. She was named KIAC "Coach of the Year" in 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, and 2005. She also received the honor of NAIA Region XII "Coach of the Year" in 2003 and 2004.

The Lady Cats finished 12-6 in 2012 and were in almost every contest until the very end. Three players were named to the all- conference team. Melissia Madden, Tori Barraco, and Rachel Rathbone helped lead the Lady Cats to a second place finish in the conference. Coach Aird had seventeen players named to the all-conference all-academic team. Rathbone, Barraco, and Morgan Keitel all were NAIA Academic Scholars.

In 2013 Bethel finished with 4-12-1 overall record and 3-7-1 in their first year in the Southern States Athletic Conference. The Lady Cats lost in the quarterfinals of the SSAC tournament. Ariel Morris was named as a NAIA Scholar-Athlete. She and six other Lady Wildcats were named to the SSAC All-Academic squad.

The Lady Wildcats were 5-10 overall in 2014 but finished with a 4-4 mark in the tough SSAC. They lost to AUM in the SSAC quarterfinals. Goalkeeper Danielle Krzyzaniak and MF Melinda Sopka were named to the All-Freshman team. Hannah McBroom was named to the Champion of Character squad.

The Lady Wildcats finished 9-9-1 in 2015. They were 4-4 in the SSAC.

Bethel was 4-11-3 in 2016. They finished 2-4-1 in the SSAC.

Bethel's Danielle Krzyzaniak was named to the SSAC All-Conference First Team. She also captured the SSAC Golden Glove award. Krzyzaniak was named to the All-American Honorable Mention team. She had 145 saves on the season.

Melinda Sopka were named to the SSAC All-Conference Second Team.

Danijela Kolaric and Faith Williamson were named to the SSAC All-Freshman squad.

Seven Lady Wildcats were all named to the All-Academic Team. Six Lady Cats were named NAIA Scholar Athletes.

Bethel won the SSAC Sportsmanship Award.

Coach Aird holds a Bachelor Degree from Bartlesville Wesleyan ('97) and Missouri Valley College ('99). She was awarded her Master's Degree from Bethel College in 2001. She is currently obtaining graduate hours at the University of Tennessee at Martin specializing in Health and Human Performance.

Coach Aird resides in McKenzie, TN with her husband, Matt, and three children, Maggie, Gracie, and Zachery.

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Malang Jarju

Malang J.J. Jarju was named as interim head coach in July of 2016 after the resignation of his longtime mentor Melvin Belong. Jarju is in his 11th year with the Wildcats of Bethel University. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from Bethel University in 2008 and his Masters Degree in Education this year. He is a native of Banjul, Gambia in West Africa, where he attended Nusrat High School. Jarju played for both the junior and senior national teams of Gambia. He was a member of the Bethel University Wildcats from 2003 to 2007. He owns the record for goals scored in a career at Bethel College at 56. He also holds the record for points in a career at 151 and assists in a career at 39. He was named All-TranSouth Conference first team, All-Region first team, and NAIA All-American Honorable Mention in the past seasons for the Wildcats. He is the first ever Bethel men's soccer player to have his jersey retired and hung in Bethel's Baker Fieldhouse.

As a coach, Jarju holds a U.S.S.F. C Certificate and a member of NSCAA. He is involved in a soccer Club with Jackson Wolves and player development in Jackson Tenn. and the surrounding communities and conducts several soccer camps every summer with Coach Melvin Belong.

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Rene Enang

Assistant Coach - First Season

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