Eastern University

Eastern University Athletics
1300 Eagle Road St Davids, PA 19087
Division 3 Pennsylvania Northeast
Private Small National competitor


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Jeremy Payne

Jeremy Payne has been selected to lead Eastern University Men's Soccer following the retirement of 19-year head Coach Mark Wagner. Payne has served on Eastern's coaching staff for two years as an assistant.

He joined the Eastern University Men's Soccer coaching staff in 2015 after a very successful career as a midfielder/forward for the Messiah College Falcons. In four years with the Falcons, Payne won two National Championships, was a three-time First-Team All-American (NSCAA & D3Soccer), was named the D3Soccer Midfielder of the Year twice, D3Soccer Forward of the Year once and NSCAA National Player of the Year in both 2012 and 2014. Payne also played in the PDL with the Southern West Virginia King's Warriors.

In the classroom, Payne studied business administration and was a member of the MAC Academic All-Conference team in 2013, 2014. At Eastern, Payne is working on an MBA.

Payne's coaching experience includes working the Messiah College and U.S. Naval Academy soccer camps for four years as well as coaching the Mechanicsburg Middle School junior high boy's soccer team. He also coaches club soccer at Penn Fusion.

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Benji Kennel

Benjamin Kennel returns for his second season on the Eastern University Men's Soccer Staff.

As a four-year contributor to the Messiah College Men's Soccer program, he won a pair of National Championships and graduated Summa Cum Laude in Spanish and Business.

For his work on the field and in the classroom, he earned recognition as the MAC Senior Scholar Athlete in 2016, and was a Third-Team CoSIDA Academic All-American.

Kennel worked as a staff coach at the Messiah College and U.S. Naval Academy soccer camps for four years.

Kennel, who is working toward his MBA at Eastern, will oversee match analysis and will be involved in all aspects of practice planning and match preparation. He is the program's recruiting coordinator. In addition to his work at Eastern, Kennel works for Future 500 soccer Camps.

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Travis Regner

Travis Regner returns for his second year on the Eastern Men's Soccer staff. He joined the Eastern staff following two years at the University at Albany as an Undergraduate Assistant. While at Albany, Regner helped with daily and game day operations. He also received his Bachelors in Public Policy and Administration.

While at Eastern, Regner will be tasked with all facets of the programs operations and logistics. He will also be responsible for training the goalkeepers.

Regner played two years at Tompkins Cortland, where they were ranked in the Top 10 in the NJCAA poll each season. He holds his USSF D license and his NSCAA Goalkeeper 1 & 2 licenses and he is in his second year as a coach in the Lower Merion Soccer Club.

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