Bethel University (TN)

Bethel University Wildcats Athletics
325 Cherry Ave. McKenzie, TN 38201
NAIA Tennessee Southeast
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Malang Jarju

Coach Malang J.J. Jarju is in fifth season as head coach of the Wildcats and 13th overall at the school. He is 47-25-2 with the Cats. He was a member of the Wildcats from 2003-2007 and then was a longtime assistant with the program.

Coach Jarju was named as interim head coach in July of 2016 after the resignation of his longtime mentor Melvin Belong. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from Bethel University in 2008 and his Master’s 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 University 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 Belong.

The Wildcats were 14-5-2 last year. They finished 6-1-1 in the SSAC.

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Rene Enang

Rene Enang is in his second year as an assistant with the Wildcats. He is from Kumba, Cameroon. He grew up in several parts of Cameroon going to school and playing soccer with the primary language being French and English. After graduating high school, he continued his education in the United States and followed his dream of playing soccer.

He first arrived in the United States attending New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas New Mexico. He later moved on to Georgia Military College to continue his collegiate soccer career. He was second team all-conference as a sophomore. During this period of time he was also selected to play semi-pro soccer for Georgia Revolution where he expanded his soccer skills and ability. He also started coaching recreational soccer as a student in Milledgeville Georgia. After Georgia Military College, he moved on to play at Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville Georgia. In 2013, he was honorable mention and the first All-American for Georgia Gwinnett College as he led the season in goals scored. At this time, he was coach of Academy Soccer for Dacular Revolution.

Upon his graduation from Georgia Gwinnett College in Exercise Science in December of 2014, he became an assistant for Dalton State College in Danton Georgia. In February of 2015 he continued to pursue his soccer career as he played for Chattanooga FC which was recognized at that time the best Semi-Pro team in the nation. He later played for thr Atlanta Silverbacks Semi-Pro team in Atlanta, Georgia.

In the summer of 2016 he was named as an assiatant at Bethel under Coach Malang Jarou. . He said, “Working for Coach Jarju has being a source of great experience. The most important aspect in my life right now is the fact that I am currently doing my Masters in Education at Bethel.”

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