Lenoir-Rhyne University

Lenoir-Rhyne University Athletics
625 7th Avenue NE Hickory, NC 28603
Division 2 North Carolina Southeast
Private Small National competitor


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Jack Winter

.In his first three seasons at Lenoir-Rhyne, Jack Winter has led the Bears to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances and the program's first ever SAC Regular Season Championship. Winter owns a career record of 33-15-6.

Prior to his tenure as Head Coach, LR didn't qualified for the playoffs in 10 years. Additionally, he led LR to three straight double-digit win totals, something that hasn’t happened since 2006-07.

The historic 2018 campaign saw the Bears go 7-3 in league play and bring home the regular season title. LR earned the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament under Winter, who was named the SAC Coach of the Year. The Bears boasted the league's Defensive Player of the Year (Marcos Enriquez) and the Freshman of the Year (Carles Montoliu Lobo), while Ruben Morillas was named a CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American. Additionally, Winter coached three players to All-Region honors.

In 2017, the Bears captured one of the biggest wins in program history when they knocked off defending National Champion Wingate on the road by a score of 1-0. The win ended Wingate’s 18-match league regular season unbeaten streak which dated back to 2015.

Winter has coached back-to-back South Atlantic Conference Players of the Year. In 2016, Ismael Noumansana earned the accolade followed by Ignacio de Goya in 2017.

In 2016, the Bears earned a 3-1 win over Tusculum in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament, LR’s first playoff win since 2006. The 2016 campaign ended with 12 wins and a .682 winning percentage.

Winter won a Division II National Championship as a player at Lynn University in 2012. Winter transferred to Lynn after attending Hartpury College in England where he also won a National Championship. Winter was named an All-Conference, All-Region and All-American player while at Lynn.

Winter has two silver medals representing Great Britain at the World University Games in China (2011) and Russia (2013).

Prior to becoming the Head Coach, Winter spent three seasons as an Assistant Coach.

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Hector Ladero Rivas

Hector Ladero Rivas just completed his first year as a Graduate Assistant Coach for the Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Soccer Team in 2016.

Rivas was part of a coaching staff which led the Bears to a 12-5-3 record this past fall and a berth in the Second Round of the NCAA Division II Playoffs. LR was making its first playoff appearance in 10 seasons.

Rivas came to Lenoir-Rhyne from Salamanca, Spain, where he played soccer at a very high level for four years. The teams included Real Union de Irun, C.D. Numancia, C.D. Celta Vigo and U.D. Salamanca.

After his time in Spain, Rivas moved to the United States where he played soccer for the Myrtle Beach Mutiny of the National Premiere Soccer League for two years while obtaining his undergraduate degree in business from St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, North Carolina, in December of 2015.

Rivas spent last summer working as a coach with the FC Barcelona camps in the United States and earned both USSF “F” and “E” coaching licenses.

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Josh Alderson

Graduate Assistant

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