Mars Hill University

Mars Hill University Athletics
PO Box 6668 - 100 Athletic St Mars Hill, NC 28754
Division 2 North Carolina Southeast
Private Small Competitive team


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Gregg Munn

Gregg Munn was hired as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at Mars Hill University in March of 2018.

Munn enters his fifth season at the helm of the program totaling a 24-28-8 record over the past four seasons. In April of 2022 Munn was also promoted to Director of Soccer where he will oversee the soccer operations of the Men’s and Women’s soccer programs at the Hill. He will continue in his role as Head Men’s Coach.

In his first season, Munn led the Lions to being ranked in the Southeast Region for several weeks and had Sebastian Bertilsson, Oscar Mitchell, and Jeppe Christensen named to SAC All-Conference Teams. In 2019, Jeppe Christensen was again named an All-SAC second team selection at defender.

In 2020, Munn led the Lions to their first SAC tournament post-season appearance in four seasons. Sebastian Bertilsson was named First Team All-SAC forward and led the conference with goals and points in the regular season. Jeppe Christensen was named in the All-SAC Second Team as a defender and Luke Manley was awarded Honorable All-Conference at defender in his freshman year. Brennan Whalen was also twice named Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts in goal.

Christensen was also named South Atlantic Men’s Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2020 for his achievements on the field and in the classroom. Christensen currently holds a 3.96 GPA.

Munn finished the campaign being named South Atlantic Conference Men’s Soccer Coach of the Year in 2020-21.

In the 2020-21 campaign, three men’s soccer lions were acknowledged for their efforts on and off the field. Bertilsson was awarded the Mars Hill University Athletics Male Athlete of the Year Award. Christensen was recognized for having Mars Hill University Athletics Highest Male GPA and Jayson Moorman, a senior out of Florida, was named Mars Hill University Athletics Man of the Year for his efforts on the field, in the classroom, and in the Mars Hill community.

In the classroom the Lions earned their first United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award with a cumulative GPA of 3.05.

In the summer of 2021, Munn also served as an Assistant Coach for Asheville City Soccer Club in their inaugural season in the USL 2.

Under Munn’s guidance the Lions built off the progress from the 2020-21 campaign and went 11-6-3 and 5-4-2 in the SAC in 2021. The Lions narrowly lost out on Double OT to the Coker Cobras in the SAC Conference Tournament Championship, the first time they were there for over 10 years.

Kevonte Willougby-Williams was named SAC Freshman of the Year as well as earning SAC Second Team All-Conference and All-SAC Tournament Team as a forward. Alongside him was fellow Freshman Forward, Peter Ploughmand who was named in the SAC All-Conference Second Team and also the SAC All-Tournament Team having scored two pivotal overtime goals on the run to the championship final. Jeppe Christensen was named in the CoSida Academic All-American and Academic All-District Teams as well being a First Team SAC First Team All-Conference Defender and SAC All-Tournament Defender. Leading the line and the conference in points was Sebastian Betilsson. Bertilsson was named United Soccer Coaches National Player of the Week on October 13th 2021, which was the first time in program history to achieve this award. Followed on from here Bertilsson to the SAC All-Conference First Team, 2021 CCA Second Team, and United Soccer Coaches All-Region Second Team.

At the conclusion of the 2021-22 campaign, three men’s soccer lions were again acknowledged for their efforts on and off the field. Sebastian Bertilsson was awarded the Mars Hill University Athletics Male Athlete of the Year Award, picking up the award for the second consecutive year. Nolan McMillen was recognized for having Mars Hill University Athletics Highest Male GPA at 4.0 and Jeppe Christensen was named Mars Hill University Athletics Man of the Year for his efforts on the field, in the classroom, and in the Mars Hill community.

The Lions rounded off the year earning their second consecutive United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award with a cumulative GPA of 3.157.

During his tenure as head coach, Munn also serves as Men’s Chair of the Faculty-Athletic Committee, a member of the Mars Hill Experience Committee, a founding member of President Floyd's Leadership Cohort at Mars Hill University. Munn currently sits as chair for men’s soccer in the SAC as well as being an active member of the International Education Steering Committee for Mars Hill University.

Munn, a native of Falkirk, Scotland, was a former standout and captain at Mars Hill University. In his four years as a student athlete at Mars Hill, Munn started 75 games and played an integral part in the program’s two NCAA National Tournament Appearances (2011 & 2012) and the program’s South Atlantic Conference Championship in 2012. Throughout his playing career at Mars Hill, Munn picked up many individual and team accolades including First Team All-SAC Defender (2012), Capital One Academic All-District Team (2012), NCCSIA All-State First Team Defender (2012), SAC All-Tournament Team Defender and Second Team All-SAC Defender (2013). In 2011, Munn helped anchor a defense which saw Mars Hill lead the conference with fewest goals against per game (0.64) as well as being ranked in the top-15 in the nation in that category.

In the spring of 2014, Munn served as an assistant coach with the men’s and women's programs at Mars Hill before graduating Magna Cum Laude in Physical Education with his Concentration being in Coaching.

Following graduation, Munn was hired by the Charlotte Soccer Academy in Charlotte, N.C., as a Technical Director of Coaching and Staff Coach. Shortly after, Munn was promoted to be the Director of Coaching for the club across various age groups where he has held that role until 2018. Munn also served a short stint with the Queen’s University of Charlotte women’s soccer program in the spring of 2018 before accepting this position at Mars Hill.

Prior to relocating to the United States, Munn played with the Stirling Albion Football Club and represented Scotland at the U18 International level in 2007 and 2008. During this time, Munn was on the coaching staff with the Falkirk Football Club and the Stirling Albion Football Club as well as attending Forth Valley College in Falkirk, Scotland, where he earned a Higher National Diploma in Sports Coaching with Development of Sport.

Munn currently holds his USSF C License and USSF National Youth License with the United States Soccer Federation to add to his existing Scottish FA Licenses. Munn also holds his Sports Performance Diploma from United Soccer Coaches.

Munn resides in Asheville, N.C. with his wife, Stephanie, and two children, Charlie and Aiden.

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Jaxsen Wirth

Jaxsen Wirth, a native of Houston, Texas, is entering his second season on the Mars Hill Men’s Soccer staff after serving as the Graduate Assistant for the 2021-2022 season. He will serve as Assistant Coach and also work with the Lions' goalkeepers.

Wirth brings great experience to the Lions' program. As a player, he played for some of the top clubs in the country before beginning his college career at the University of Charleston (WV) in the fall of 2018. During his three years for the Golden Eagles, the program finished in the top-5 each season in the country for goals-against average as well as being crowned NCAA DII National Champions in 2019.

Additionally, in the summer of 2019, he helped lead his semi-professional team, the High Plain Drifters, to a UPSL National Quarterfinal.

Not only was Wirth successful on the pitch, but he was in the classroom as well, graduating with Summa cum laude honors in only three years from the University of Charleston. He also has completed the Mars Hill Master’s in Management Cohort, graduating with distinguished honors.

Currently, Wirth holds a US Soccer D License and is working the US Soccer License ladder.

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