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Warren Wilson College

Warren Wilson College Athletics
701 Warren Wilson Rd Asheville, NC 28815
Division 3 North Carolina Southeast
Private Very Small Developing team

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Mathes Mennell

Mennell most recently served as the Head Coach at UNC Asheville from 2015-2019. During his time at UNC Asheville, the team qualified for two Big South tournaments and finished the 2016 regular season ranked third in the conference, the program’s highest finish since 2001.


Prior to UNC Asheville, Mennell was the Associate Head Coach at Loyola Marymount University from 2006-2015. During his time with the Lions, he helped Lions win two West Coast Conference championships and make five NCAA College Cup appearances.


Mennell was an assistant coach with both the men’s and women’s program at LMU from 2002-06. He helped the women’s team get to the NCAA Tournament in 2002 and 2006.


Prior to LMU, Mennell was an assistant coach at the United States Air Force Academy in 1996-1997 and 2000-2002.


Mennell is a 1996 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Humanities. He completed his Master of Arts degree in General Education from Loyola Marymount University in July of 2007.


A USSF “A” licensed coach, Mennell has also been very active in youth soccer for over 24 years. He has worked in variety of impact roles across the spectrum of the youth soccer landscape. He served as the USYS Region IV Head Coach for Boys ODP, worked with the Los Angeles Galaxy U16 and U18 Academy, and he was the Director of Coaching-Older Boys for the LA Galaxy-South Bay Soccer Club. He is currently on staff at ABYSA/Highland Football Club here in Asheville.


A standout goalkeeper at Air Force from 1992-1995, he led the Falcons to a top-20 ranking during all four seasons he played. In 1993, he backstopped USAFA to the best NCAA College Cup finish in school history in 1993 with a record of 15-5-1 with the Falcons reaching the quarterfinals.


Mennell served as the Falcons’ team captain in 1995 and was named the Most Inspirational Player in 1994 and 1995. He was also named First Team All-MPSF in 1994 and earned honorable mention accolades in 1993 and 1995. He was also named All-America by the National Strength and Conditioning Association in 1995.


Upon graduation from USAFA in 1996, he continued to play, spending time in the USL’s A-League with the Colorado Foxes and the USL’s Premier League Pikes Peak Stampede. He was also called up to the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer in 1996. Mennell was the starting goalkeeper for the All-Air Force team in 1996 and 1999, leading both teams to the Gold Medal in the U.S. Armed Services Championships. In 1996 he was the starting goalkeeper for U.S. All-Armed Services Team that qualified for C.I.S.M. World Championships.


A native of Bristol, Tennessee, Mennell attended Bristol Tennessee High School, graduating in 1991.

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Kendyl Baird

Kendyl Baird has been named as an Assistant Coach for the Men's Soccer program. Baird joins the Owls from Montana State University-Billings, where she served as the Graduate Assistant for the Yellowjackets Women's Soccer program.


"Kendyl was an excellent player and is well on her way to becoming a top notch coach . She brings a wealth of experience to our program and will be a fantastic mentor to our student-athletes. I could not be more excited for her to join us here at Warren Wilson," Head Coach Mathes Mennell stated, when asked about the addition of Baird to the Owls coaching staff.


Prior to her coaching stint at MSU Billings, Baird served as women's soccer assistant coach at Emory and Henry College in Emory, Virginia from 2018-20. She was also head coach for Abingdon High School Boys Soccer program in Abingdon, Virginia from 2019-2020. She has extensive club experience as well, as she has been on staff with Billings United, SWVA Rush, TC United, and the High Country Soccer Association.


Baird was a four-year starter at King University (Tennessee) and tallied 17 career goals with 10 career assists to earn first-team all-conference and all-region honors. In addition to being a standout on the field, Baird was also a stellar student as she was named academic all-conference and all-region. She is also a recipient of the Division II Athletic Directors Association Academic Achievement Award. After completing her collegiate career, Baird continued to play in the Women's Premier Soccer League with the Knoxville Lady Force.


Baird holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training from King University with a minor in Coaching and will graduate from MSU Billings in May 2022 with a Master of Science Degree in Public Relations.


Baird is a native of Boone, North Carolina.

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