Hannibal-LaGrange College

Hannibal, MO 63401
Missouri Midwest
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Tasha Flynn

Hannibal, Mo. – Hannibal-LaGrange University Athletic Director, Jason Nichols, is excited to announce the hiring of Tasha Flynn as the new women's soccer coach of the Trojans. Flynn spent the last three seasons in Conway, Arkansas coaching for fellow NAIA institution, Central Baptist College which is a member of the American Midwest Conference. She has a lot of knowledge within the AMC and looks to build on the new foundation at HLGU. She will be the fourth coach in the 20 year history of the program.


"I am very excited about the opportunity to coach at HLGU. I believe there is a solid core group of players on the roster that can continue to grow and strengthen the program. I think the resources available can allow this program to return to the conference tournament and compete well," stated Flynn. "A big thank you to the AD, Jason Nichols and the HLGU administration for believing in me and my vision for the future of the program"


Coach Flynn attended and played soccer for Lyon College (another NAIA and AMC member) in Batesville, Arkansas, before transferring and finishing out her college career at Missouri State University in her hometown of Springfield, Missouri. She graduated with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Exercise and Movement Science in 2011. Flynn then went on to pursue her Master's degree in Kinesiology, at the University of Central Arkansas where she spent two seasons as a Graduate Assistant for the UCA Lady Bears soccer program.


Flynn is an Assistant Coach for the Little Rock Rangers WPSL (Women's Professional Soccer League) team which plays throughout the summer. The women's team for the LR Rangers is in its inaugural season. Additionally, she currently works with Arkansas State Soccer Association in their Olympic Development Program (ODP). She is a member for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and holds USSF National D, and NSCAA GK Level 1 and 2 certificates.


Nichols shared, "I'm excited about the leadership Coach Flynn is going to bring to the Lady Trojans soccer program. She knows the NAIA and American Midwest Conference well. Her commitment to the mission of HLGU along with her experience at various levels of play will put her in a great position to build success on and off the field. It's great to have her as part of the HLGU family."


Coach Flynn is married to Asher and plans on moving to Hannibal soon to prepare for the upcoming season.

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David Erskine

David Erskine began coaching at Hannibal-LaGrange in 1998 as the school's first head men's and women's soccer coach. In just his second year, Erskine led the women's team to an 18-5-1 record and earned American Midwest Conference (AMC) Coach of the Year accolades. With the hiring of a women's coach in 2001, Erskine turned his focus to the men's soccer program. Since then, he has led the men's squad to 14 straight post season appearances, a record of 178-83-19 (.670), three AMC regular season titles, three AMC tournament titles, three NAIA National Tournament appearances and his teams have been ranked in the final NAIA top 25 poll four different times; No. 14 in 2006, No. 3 in 2008, No. 11 in 2011, and No. 7 in 2012.


Erskine has been selected as the AMC men's Coach of the Year four times (2002, 2006, 2011, 2012) and his players have been recognized as AMC First Team All-conference 47 times, AMC Honorable Mention 24 times, and AMC Academic All-Conference 100 times. Erskine has also been privileged to coach five AMC Freshmen of the Year, four AMC Player of the Year and one AMC Newcomer of the Year. In addition, Hannibal-LaGrange men's soccer players have been named to the NAIA All-American team eleven times, including three first team selections, and the NAIA Scholar-Athlete, 14 times.


Before coming to Hannibal-LaGrange, Erskine spent three years as an assistant soccer coach at Bryan College and completed a Master's of Education degree from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga during this time. Erskine played for and earned his undergraduate degree in business from Bryan College. In addition to his coaching duties, Erskine is an assistant professor of physical education at Hannibal-LaGrange. He also holds the NSCAA Advanced National Coaching License.


Coach Erskine lives in Hannibal with his wife, Kimberley and four children.

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Silas Acuff

Silas Acuff recently accepted the position of Assistant Soccer Coach after completing four years of competition under Coach David Erskine. He shared that the opportunity allowed him to continue to be able to share the gospel and help students develop Godly character. His last senior year the HLGU soccer team won the AMC Championship and went on to qualify for the NAIA National Championship going 12-4-4 on the season.


He chose to stay at HLGU as a coach because of the gospel-centered atmosphere on campus, which allowed for several different ministry opportunities. On the flip side, as a student, I thoroughly enjoyed played soccer under Coach Erskine and I was able to develop as a leader on a team. God gave me many opportunities to be a light and I want to continue doing that here at Hannibal-LaGrange University.

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