Jan 12, 2017
THE PALADIN SPOTLIGHT...
Each week we will have a different person that will be introduced to our Paladin Knights Kids Club Members on our Athletic webpage as well as our Facebook page. This is a way for our young fans to learn some things about our Furman Athletic Family.
April 23, 2018
Chandler Simpson, originally from Greenville, South Carolina, is an Assistant Sports Information Director and Social Media Director. As a Greenville Native with a father who is a Furman Graduate, Chandler has been a fan of Furman Athletics all of her life. Growing up across the street from campus she has always had Paladin Pride. Chandler graduated from Clemson University in 2010, then again in 2012 with her Master’s degree. She met her husband there and recently got married in 2017. Chandler is finishing up her fifth year with the SID office, and would like tell those in high school/ college - don’t be afraid to go after a job that's not necessarily in the field you studied. She was a health science major, but work experience gave her the opportunity to land a job in the athletic communications field.
March 27, 2018
Kim Silvers, originally from Greenville, South Carolina, is the Administrative Assistant for Baseball, Women’s Soccer, Volleyball, and Men’s and Women’s Golf. Kim and her family have always enjoyed bring close to Furman’s campus. They have spent many summer afternoons walking around the lake and taking in the views of Paris Mountain. Kim has a daughter, Kendall, who is in her freshman year at Clemson and twin 13- year old sons, Jackson and Walker, who are competitive go kart racers, Silvers Twins Racing. For the past 13 years she has supported her husband’s two small local businesses as an Office Manager. Prior to that she worked at Verizon Wireless for 14 years in Administrative and Sales Operations roles. She enjoys traveling with her family and friends, building relationships, and finding ways to make a positive impact. Kim is excited to be a part of the Furman Athletics Department, and looks forward to being a valuable player on her team. Kim's advice to the PKKC members is to "do what is right, not what is easy."
March 19, 2018
Justin Games, originally from Nashville Tennessee, is a Staff Athletic Trainer with Men’s Basketball and Men’s Tennis. He and his wife moved to Greenville in 2014, from Chicago, IL. Prior to that he graduated from Miami University in 2011 and spent three years as an Assistant Athletic Trainer. In his free time, Justin enjoys spending time with his family, exploring Greenville’s landscape, golfing, staying active and remaining an active sports fan. Justin’s advice to the PKKC members is, “do not permit what you cannot do to interfere with what you can do.” -John Wooden
March 12, 2018
Jabari Richards, originally from Fayetteville, Georgia, is a member of the Furman Baseball Team. He began his career at Furman in the Fall of 2015 and plans to graduate in the Spring of 2019. He is currently majoring in Business Administration at the University and plans to play professional baseball and work his was up the ranks into the MLB after graduation. Jabari then would like to manage a business or work marketing for a firm somewhere in the Southeast. Jabari declares himself very lucky with an incredibly supportive family who comes to most of his games and even some practices too. When he isn’t preparing for an upcoming game or working on his school work, Jabari enjoys reading, watching movies, and outdoor activities. Jabari states that he has learned a plethora of life lessons over his 20 years, but the most important probably came from his grandma, Ruby. She taught him to always remain positive in life because no matter what, everything always works out in the end.
March 5, 2018
Connor Shaw, originally from Hall County, Georgia, is the Tight End Coach for Football. He joined the staff at Furman in January of 2018. Connor graduated from University of South Carolina in 2013 and then played for the Cleveland Browns for two years followed by the Chicago Bears for an additional two years. He and his wife, Molly, have two children, Mila (3) and Decker (1). The Shaw family made Greenville their home four years ago and they couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of the Furman Family.
February 26, 2018
Erin Wissing, originally from Charlottesville, VA, is the Sr. Associate AD for External Affairs. She started at Furman in September of 2017 after spending 5 ½ years at Kennesaw State and 2 years at Wake Forest prior to that. Erin has been married to her husband, Geoff, for over 4 years. Together they have a son named Ford who is 18 months and a daughter due any day now. When Erin isn’t working hard for the University or spending time with her family she enjoys trying new restaurants and participating in CrossFit. The life lesson she would like to share with the members of the Paladin Knights Kids Club is to, “always be true to yourself and remember to follow the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
February 19, 2018
Brett Harker, originally from Greenville, SC, is the Head Baseball Coach at Furman University. This is his fourth year at the university and his second as the Head Coach. Brett has been married to his high school sweetheart for 11 years and together they have a five year old daughter and a 7 week old son. In his free time he enjoys working in his garage on anything he can build, any type of carpentry work, hiking, and playing golf and tennis with his coaching staff. Brett’s favorite quote that he chose to share with the members of the Paladin Knights Kids Club Member is “when you stop dreaming you start dying, so never stop dreaming!”
February 11, 2018
Erin Fitzgerald, originally from Long Island, New York, recently started as the Assistant Women’s Lacrosse Coach at Furman in August 2017. After an awesome fall ball season, she is super excited for her first Spring season with the team! Before coming to Furman, Erin attended Northwestern University where she won two Division I Women’s Lacrosse National Championships and majored in Communication Studies. When she’s not coaching, Erin enjoys spending time with her fiancé and dog, working out, hiking and trying new restaurants in downtown Greenville. One of her favorite quotes that she would like to share with the Paladin Knights Kids Club Members is: "Never give up! Failure and rejection are only the first step to succeeding." – Jim Valvano
February 5, 2018
Doug Allison, originally from Bath, England, is the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at Furman University. He came to Furman in July of 1995 but before that he was the Assistant Coach at University of South Carolina for 5 years and 3 years as the assistant coach at UNC, Chapel Hill where he finished his Masters in Teaching. Doug played soccer at USC from 1984-88 after coming to the US from England. He ended up as an All American at USC and is now in the Hall of Fame there. When he isn’t working hard at the Furman, Doug enjoys traveling, reading about the 2nd World War and Winston Churchill, and watching movies. Doug and his staff always encourage their players at Furman and Youth Camp to enjoy their families and work hard at their games especially when no one else is watching! His advice to The PKKC members is to “have fun playing your sport, it is the best time of your lives!”
January 29, 2018
Bill Pierce, originally from West Virginia, is a Professor of Health Sciences and Faculty Athletics Representative to NCAA and Southern Conference. He joined the faculty in 1983 and is in his 35th year at Furman. Prior to coming to Furman he taught in Idaho State University’s Athletic Administration graduate program. Earlier, he was the head basketball coach and athletic director at two Virginia colleges. Pierce played on three Southern conference championship and nationally-ranked basketball teams. He also was a half-miler on the track team. At age 40, he played and coached the AAU National Master’s Basketball Championship team. Pierce has completed in more than 250 road races and completed 42 marathons. When asked what advice he would like to share with the members of the Paladin knights Kids Club he stated, “Everyday: Do good. Do your best. Treat others as you would like to be treated.
January 22, 2018
Robby Bostain, originally from Lilburn, Georgia, is the Director of Player Development for Men’s Basketball. He is a 2007 graduate of Furman and came back to work at Furman in August of 2017. When Robby isn’t working hard for the University he enjoys playing sand volleyball, reading, and spending time with his wife of one year, Kathleen. When asked what advice he would like to share with the members of the Paladin Knights Kids club he stated, “it’s not what you do, but how you do what you do.”- Dick Devenzio
January 8, 2018
Jordan Green, originally from Simpsonville, South Carolina, is an account executive (sponsorship) for IMG. She started at Furman in October of 2016. Jordan has always been a huge sports fan, so she loves having the opportunity to work in sports. Before beginning her journey at Furman she spent 5 years working in a non-profit at Harvest Hope Road Bank. When she isn’t working hard for the University, Jordan enjoys watching football with her husband, Jacob, and dog Tate. She also enjoys spending time with her friends and family. When asked what life lesson she would like to share with the young members of the Paladin Knights Kids Club she stated, “believe you can and you’re halfway there!”
December 11, 2017
Gaby Susz, originally from Scarsdale, New York, is a member of the Women’s Lacrosse Program at Furman. She came to the university in 2014 and is majoring in Communications. She is really interested in pursuing a career in Sports Marketing: specifically focusing in either partnerships and sponsorships, sports media, Ad sales research and Web/Graphic design. After she graduates and finishes her lacrosse career, she intends to start playing tennis competitively in a local league and to hopefully become a spinning or yoga instructor one day. She would also love to volunteer at a local humane society and a sports program for underprivileged kids. Some of Gaby’s hobbies include reading current events, going to spinning/yoga classes, listening to and finding new music, watching Netflix, and helping people and the environment. Some of the life lessons she has learned over the years and would like to share with the members of the Paladin Knights Kids Club is to treat others the way you would like to be treated and put 110% into everything that you do.
December 4, 2017
Kirk Rogers, originally from Casselberry, Florida, is a Volunteer Assistant Men’s Lacrosse Coach. He recently came to Furman this October from Columbia, SC where he had a youth lacrosse program. Kirk also coach high school lacrosse and took his team to the State Championship this past year. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife, going to sporting events, and traveling. Some interesting facts about Kirk is that he hiked over 1,500 miles on the Appalachian Trail and he lived in England for a year playing and coaching lacrosse.
November 26, 2017
Barbara Herz, originally from Minerva, New York, is the Athletics Administrative Assistant for Men’s Soccer, Softball, Men’s and Women’s Cross Country/Track and Field. She started working at Furman in August 2016. Barbara’s family includes her husband, David, two sons, and one daughter-in-law; Michael, wife Megan, and Jonathan. Her husband served in the US Navy for ten years and is currently an Electronic Maintenance Tech at Michelin. Her son, Michael and his wife Megan both serve in the US Navy at Norfolk Naval Base, VA. Michael is an Electrician aboard the USS Eisenhower and Megan is an Air Traffic Controller at NAS Norfolk. Barbara’s son, Jonathan, attended Coastal Carolina University for 2 years studying Computer Science. He is currently working for BMW with plans to return to college next spring at the University of South Carolina. In her free time she enjoys walking, traveling, baking, shopping, playing Words with Friends and Pokemon. When asked what life lesson she would like to share with the members of the Paladin Knights Kids Club Barbara stated, “Life is short, everyday is a blessing and a gift. Live, Love, Laugh, and Enjoy it!
November 19, 2017
DeAnneisha Jackson, originally from Angier, North Carolina, plays for the Women’s Basketball team at Furman. She is a sociology major and plans to attend grad school and help with her family business after graduation. When DeAnneisha isn’t preparing for an upcoming game she enjoys being outdoors and watching movies on Netflix. When asked if she had any life lessons to share with the members of the Paladin Knights Kids Club DeAnneisha stated, “control the controllable.”
November 13, 2017
Patrick Emmer, originally from Skaneateles, New York, is an assistant Men’s Lacrosse Coach at Furman. He started working at the University in August of 2015 after graduating from Bryant University in Rhode Island. Patrick was born and raised in West Point, NY, home to the United States Military Academy but moved to upstate NY at the age of 14. When he isn’t working hard and practicing with the team to prepare for an upcoming game he enjoys playing golf and watching Red Wings Hockey. When asked what life lesson Patrick wanted to pass on to the members of the Paladin Knights Kids Club he quoted Joe Dirt and stated, “Life’s a garden… dig it.”
November 6, 2017
Lou Yovino, originally from Parkland, Florida, is a Lacrosse player at Furman University. He studies Pre-engineering and after graduation he plans to continue education in engineering and maybe join the military. Lou committed to play at Furman his junior year of high school as Lacrosse has always been a large part of his life. When he isn’t studying or preparing for an upcoming game he enjoys playing guitar and studying WWII. When asked what life lesson he would like to share with the members of the Paladin Knights Kids Club he stated “family always comes first, and you must be a role model to those who look up to you.
October 29, 2017
Tyler Lewis, originally from Statesville, North Carolina, is the Men’s Basketball Director of Recruiting. This is his first year at Furman and he says that he loves being able to make a difference in our society. Tyler is a graduate of Butler University and recently got married in June of this year. When asked what advice he had from the members of the Paladin Knight Kids Club he stated, “stay positive, everything happens for a reason, and Dream Big: Win Big.”
October 23, 2017
Brittney Washington, originally from Simpsonville, SC, is the Director of Basketball Operations. She is new to Furman as she just came to Furman in August of this year. When she isn’t working hard for the University she enjoys working out, spending time with her mom and friends, shopping, and relaxing at home watching Grey’s Anatomy and reruns of The Office. When asked what life lessons she would like to share with the members of The Paladin Knights Kids Club Brittney stated, “you never know how strong you are until you have to be” and “always chase your dreams! If you don’t someone else will!”
October 16, 2017
Sara Kuhlman, originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, is an Assistant Women’s Lacrosse Coach at Furman University. Before coming to Furman she played lacrosse at High Point University and stated the program there. She was part of the winning team that won their conference championship for the first four years of the program. This is Sara’s first year at Furman and she is so excited to be a part of the staff. Her goal this year is for the FU Women’s Lacrosse team to win the first Socon Championship for Women’s Lacrosse. When asked what her advice was for the The Paladin Knights Kids Club Members she stated, “believe in yourself and have faith in your abilities. Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers, you cannot be successful or happy.”
October 10, 2017
Rob Carson, originally from Bedford Virginia, is the Assistant Athletic Director/ Assistant Director of Academic Assistance. He began working for Furman in September of 2010 and is starting his 8th year at the University. Rob enjoys spending time with his wife Jackie and kids Londyn (6) and Lathym (3). He also likes going to athletic events, playing basketball, golfing, and shopping. When asked what his advice was for the young Paladin Knights Kids Club Members he stated, “It does not cost a dime to be nice” and “You can follow others footsteps but leave your own footprint.”
October 2, 2017
Clay Mounce, originally from Elkin, North Carolina, is a Men’s Basketball Player for Furman University. He came to Furman in 2016 and is pursuing a major in Economics. After graduation Clay plans to own his own consulting business. When he isn’t focusing on an upcoming game or preparing for classes he enjoys playing jazz guitar. When asked what advice he had for the Paladin Knights Kids Club Members Clay stated, “never give up and always be positive.”
September 24, 2017
Todd Duke, originally from Las Cruces, New Mexico, is the Assistant Athletic Director of Facilities/Game Operations. Todd came to Furman in 1997. He has a terrific wife who got to be a “sports mom” because she didn’t have a choice. All Todd’s children are involved in sports. His son, Dru, is a Furman Senior who played football at the University, and is now a Student Assistant Coach. His daughter Shannon is a Furman Sophomore and is a Student Athletic Trainer. Phillip, Todd’s middle son, is a backup quarterback at Easley High School, and his youngest son, Michael, plays rec league football and basketball. When he isn’t at Furman games, Todd coaches the teams his kids play on, and helps paint the Easley High School Field during football season. Todd also enjoys getting to play “noon basketball” with other faculty/staff members at Furman. He says it feels like recess all over again. When asked what advice he had for the Paladin Knights Kids Club Members Todd stated, “One thing I try to do is be kind. I would like to throw kindness around like confetti, because it might make someone else’s day better.”
September 17, 2017
Andrew Athens, originally from Maryland, is the Associate Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach. He came to Furman in 2012 to help start the first ever Men’s Lacrosse Team at the University. Andrew resides in the Furman Area with his wife and one-year-old son, Cruise. When he isn’t working hard, alongside the rest of the Men’s Lacrosse Coaching staff, to ensure the Men’s Lacrosse team is successful, he enjoys water sports, riding motorcycles, camping and spending time with his family and friends. When asked what life motto he would like to share with the Paladin Knights Kids Club Members Andrew stated, “Enthusiasm and grit are a great combo!”
September 4, 2017
Trey Tuten, originally from Gastonia, North Carolina, is the Assistant Strength Coach at Furman. He started at Furman in December of 2014 where he began training many sports at the University. Trey played baseball at Erskine College for two years and Winthrop University for one year. At Furman he trains Baseball, Softball, Men’s Lacrosse, Women’s Lacrosse, Men’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer, and Cross Country/Track and Field. On top of working hard for Furman’s Athletic Program he is also completing his Master’s Degree in Athletic Leadership through Clemson University. Currently Trey and his wife reside in Taylors, SC and are anxiously awaiting the birth of their son who should make is arrival in October.
August 30, 2017
Bret Boulware, originally from Columbia, South Carolina, is the Associate Head Men’s Soccer Coach. He originally came to Furman in 1995 and then returned in 2016. Bret is married and has a 12-year-old daughter, Royton. He loves soccer and when he isn’t coaching or preparing for an upcoming match he also enjoys playing golf. When asked what his advice is for the Paladin Knights Kids Club Members Bret stated, “Enjoy the little things in life, they are what make it worth living.” He has lived by this for most of his life and encourages these young members to do the same.
August 14, 2017
Daniel Assey is the director of Football Equipment and Facilities at Furman, and has been for four years. He oversees the Pearce Horton Football Complex and Bob King Practice fields, along with all athletic laundry facilities at the university. His main focus is the ordering and inventory of all football apparel and equipment, meanwhile assisting the other spots. In the equipment room he helps to ensure proper measuring and fitting of the athlete’s apparel and equipment, as well as collaborate with the Sports Medicine Staff to ensure safety of the athlete. Daniel says, “the fun part of the job is designing the uniforms and apparel to make sure the athletes look better than any other team we are up against.” When he isn't working hard to make sure the athletes look the best they can, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Sarah, and their 7-year-old labradoodle, Aubie. Daniel's hobbies include hosting people at his house for cookouts, bowling, and going on biscuit runs with friends in the office. When asked what his advice was for the young members of the Paladin Knights Kids Club, Daniel had a lot to say. He stated, “I encourage everyone to have hobbies outside of your job, it is very important and refreshing to have time for yourself. Talk to people and get to know them, you never know they could become your best friend. Lastly, take initiative, have a sense of urgency, pay attention to detail, and take pride in your work!”
July 11, 2017
Kelly Jones, originally from San Diego, California, is the Men’s Head Tennis Coach. His first year as Furman’s head coach was in 2011 after he left Tampa Florida where he was training and coaching professional Tennis players. Tennis is a family sport for Kelly as his daughter plays tennis for UNC, the #2 ranked tennis team in the country. Kelly and his wife love to watch her matches anytime they can. As for moving to Greenville and working as the Men’s Head Tennis Coach, Kelly believes that it was the best decision for his family and their quality of life. When asked his advice for the members of The Paladin Knight Kids Club Members Kelly stated, “Life is a journey enjoy the process.”
June 25, 2017
Jackie Carson, Head Women’s Basketball Coach, is a “military brat” and lived all over the world, however she went to high school in Woodbridge, VA so that is what she calls her hometown. She graduated from Furman in 2000 after having a very successful career on the Women’s Basketball team. While in school at Furman she majored in Health and Exercise Science and was planning to go into the medical field. Instead, she played profession basketball in Belgium and Israel right after graduation. Jackie says this was an amazing experience she will always cherish. She got into coaching shortly after her playing career was over just to stay connected to the game. She came back in April of 2010 as a head coach for the Women’s Basketball program. Almost two years before she returned to Furman, she married her husband, Rob. Jackie and Rob have 2 beautiful girls, Londyn (5) and Lathyn (3). She and her family love to go on trips, especially the beach, and cheer on all the Furman Athletic Teams. Jackie and her family love all the Furman Athletic events and the awesome student athletes.
June 18, 2017
Todd Satterfield, originally from Bluefield, West Virginia, is the Men’s Golf Coach. He attended the University of Georgia for college and later came to work at Furman University in 1996. Todd and his wife Lori Beth have two children, Daughter-Kateland and Son-Chandler. When he isn’t working hard with the Men’s Golf Team, Todd enjoys fishing, cooking on his Big Green Egg Grill, and Rules of Golf.
June 12, 2017
Krista Gruhn, originally from Amityville, NY, is a Staff Athletic Trainer. She arrived at Furman in August of 2009 and is responsible for the healthcare of the Men’s Lacrosse Team and Supervision over Women’s Lacrosse. When Krista isn’t working hard for the Furman Lacrosse Teams she enjoys attending concerts and music festivals, hiking and camping, and doing crafts and sewing. When asked what her advice was for The Paladin Knights Kids Club Members she replied with, “work hard and do your best in school. Figure out what you are passionate about and research professions and jobs that follow or are closely related to that passion.”
June 6, 2017
Clay Hendrix, originally from Commerce, Georgia, is the Head Football Coach at Furman University. Clay was a student at Furman from 1982 until he graduated at 1986. While at Furman he was also a member of the Football team. After graduation he coached at Furman from 1988 to 2006 until he moved to the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Co where he has spent the last 10 years. He just recently returned to Furman with his wife, LeeAnn who is also a Furman Graduate. Clay is a lifelong Golfer and enjoys hunting during his free time he is also very thrilled to be back in South Carolina at Furman. Clay’s advice to the young Paladin Knights Kids Club Members is to, “work hard and treat others as you would like to be treated.”
May 22, 2017
Adam Herendeen, originally from Douglasville, GA, is the Head Women’s Tennis Coach at Furman University. He came to Furman in December of 2015 and then two months later had his first child with his wife, Erin. His daughter’s name is Anna and she is the #1 fan for Women’s Tennis. She comes to all the matches and claps anytime someone says, “GO DINS.” Adam’s favorite thing about Furman is the high character student Athletes that he, as well as other coaches, get to work with on a daily basis. He is very close with his team and loves to have them over to his family’s home, getting to know them and hear about the amazing things they plan to do when they graduate. It really seems as if Adam and his team are a true Furman Family!
May 15, 2017
Caleb Furrow, originally from Simpsonville, SC, is the Director of Video Services at Furman University. At Furman, he is responsible for all ESPN broadcasts, which he really enjoys! He moved to Furman in 2016 from The Citadel in Charleston, SC. Although Caleb works at Furman his family lives in Charlotte, NC. While living up there he had the great pleasure of coaching a football team with Hall of Fame Coach of the Washington Redskins, Joe Gibb. In his free time, Caleb like to play Club Ultimate Frisbee with his wife and travel all over the East Coast. Caleb’s advice to The Paladin Knights Kids Club Members is to find a job you love and you will always be happy.
May 8, 2017
Kristine Knowles, originally form Toms River, NJ, is a low attacker for Women’s Lacrosse at Furman University. Kristine is majoring in Health Science and plans to attend Graduate School after graduation to pursue a degree in Occupational Therapy. She came to Furman as a member of the first ever Women’s Lacrosse Team and has enjoyed every minute of it. When Kristine isn’t playing Lacrosse she enjoys going to the beach with her friends and spending time with her two dogs, Jax and Laila. When asked what her advice was for The Paladin Knights Kids Club Members she stated, “my mom always encouraged me to take advantage of every opportunity and that would be my advice to future generations as well.”
April 24, 2017
Ryland Atkins, originally from Ashburn Virginia, is the Director of Operations for Women’s Basketball. She arrived at Furman in May, 2016 after graduating from the University of Maryland, where she had a class with Furman Men’s Lacrosse Coach, John Haus. At Maryland she was a Student Manager and Intern for the Women’s Basketball team. She went to 2 Final Fours, a Big Ten Championship and an ACC Championship. Ryland is the oldest in her family and has a younger sister, Camryn, who is in high school. Her family must have Basketball in their veins as her father is an NBA Coach for the Washington Wizards. When she isn’t working hard for Women’s Basketball she enjoys spending time with her friends and family and trying new activities. Ryland’s advice to the Paladin Knight Kids Club Members is to, “never, never, never give up.”-Winston Churchill
April 17, 2017
David Abernethy, originally from Denver, North Carolina, is the Assistant Athletic Director of Speed, Strength and Conditioning. David threw the shot and discus in high school. He was all Conference and all Region in both. He also played football at Methodist University and Western Carolina University. David began his coaching career at Western Carolina University as a football graduate assistant in 1994. After staying at WCU for five years he went to Clemson University in 1999 and began his career as a strength coach graduate assistant. From Clemson David moved to OleMiss where he got his first full time job in 2001. After moving from OleMiss to Western Kentucky and then back to Clemson he found his forever home at Furman University in 2012. When David isn’t working hard as the Assistant Athletic Director of Speed, Strength and Conditioning he enjoys fly fishing and deep sea fishing. He also loves spending time with his wife, who also happens to be his high school sweetheart, and their two children Madilyn and Brooks. He especially enjoys coaching rec sports with his kids and spending July 4th with family in Cherry Grove Beach.
April 9, 2017
Christi Sherman, originally for North Carolina, is the Department Assistant for Baseball, Women’s Soccer, Volleyball, and Men’s and Women’s Golf. Christi has a special place in her heart for Furman as she not only loves working there but she also attended Furman and met her husband at the University. Over the next 20 years after college Christi and her husband moved from South Carolina to Colorado, Hawaii, North Carolina and Florida before returning to Greenville, SC to Furman University in 2011. In Christi’s free time she loves to attend Furman athletic/sporting events with her husband. Christi’s favorite thing about Furman is being able to work with excellent coaches and exceptional student athletes every day. Christi says, “the ‘FF’ (Furman Family) is the best part of attending and working at Furman.”
April 3, 2017
Mike Buddie, originally from Berea, Ohio, is the Athletic Director at Furman University. He came to Furman in August of 2015 with his wife Traci and his children Zach (16) and Zoe (13). After attending Wake Forest he began his career as a professional baseball player for the Brewers and the Yankees. Mike was a member of the 1998 and 1999 Yankee teams who won the World Series. Along with his wonderful baseball abilities he also was a character (Jack Spelling) in the 1999 Universal Studios film, For the Love of the Game, starring Kevin Costner and Kelly Preston. On top of doing all of these great things Mike also enjoys his free time playing golf, reading, and going to the beach. When asked what Mike’s advice to The Paladin Knights Kids Club was he stated, “always be ready for opportunity- you never know when it may come along.”
March 21, 2017
Alex Loeb, originally from Boynton Beach Florida, is the Director of Game Operations and Marketing. Loeb lived in Cary, North Carolina and Brentwood, Tennessee before moving to the Greenville area and beginning his journey at Furman in 2013. He is really active and enjoys playing recreational Ice Hockey, Basketball, Softball, and Golf. He is also the captain of his intramural staff bowling team. Loeb and his wife, Elizabeth, a night nurse with The Greenville Hospital System, have a 4 ½ year old Cavapoo named Molly who they love to travel with. His advice to The Paladin Knights Kids Club Members is that, “you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”
March 13, 2017
David Webel, originally from Miami, Florida, is a Freshman Baseball Player (#42) at Furman University. He is a business major and would love to work in business if he doesn’t get the chance to play baseball professionally. David has his parents to thank for his great ambition and tremendous work ethic as they showed this when they moved to the U.S. to study in college. His parents also taught him to always put his trust in God and thank him for everything life has to offer, and David does this daily. When he isn’t working hard on his studies or preparing for an upcoming game he enjoys playing Ping-Pong with his friends. When asked what advice David had for the Paladin Knights Kids Club Members he knew exactly what information to share, which was also passed down from his parents. He says to always, “do what you love and love what you do, and you’ll be happy.” This is the source of all of his hard work and dedication that goes into everything that he does, especially playing for the Paladins.
March 6, 2017
Jennifer Calabria, originally from Buckhead, GA, is the Head Cheerleading Coach at Furman. She has held this position since 2006 and she loves every minute of it. Jennifer began her cheerleading career at Furman when she was a student and cheerleader for the university. Growing up she was very involved in gymnastics and also coached it leading up to her time at Furman. Jennifer also enjoys her other job in real estate development. When she is not coaching or working she enjoys running, doing yoga, gardening and traveling. Jennifer also loves watching live college sports with her husband. Jennifer is a great asset to Furman and we are so glad our Paladin Knight Kids Club Members get to witness the wonderful things she is doing for the university.
February 26, 2017
Rachel Whitten, originally from Annapolis, MD, is the Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach. Rachel came to Furman in June of 2012 from Denver, Colorado. She enjoys spending time with her family of four, husband, Marty and children, Alani and Cole. Rachel loves going to concerts and watching football when she is not busy preparing for an upcoming game. Growing up her father’s favorite saying was, “be all you can be” and she tries to fulfill that every day. Rachel’s advice to our young Paladin Knights is to “stay positive and always try to find the silver lining to a negative situation, life is too short to be grumpy all the time!”
February 20, 2017
Robbie Giles, from Greenville South Carolina, is the Department Assistant for Men’s and Women’s Basketball. She came to Furman University in July 1999 where she worked at the Student Center for two years, moved to Housing for twelve years and four years ago found a home in Basketball. With her Husband of 37 years, Giles has one daughter who graduated from Furman and was very involved in Student Life while attending. Robbie’s daughter, Jessica, and son-in-law, Preston, made her a grandmother 3 ½ years ago when her grandson Nate was born. Giles will be a grandmother of two at the end of March when Jessica and Preston have a baby girl. Robbie not only works at Furman but Furman blood has always run through her family’s veins, her grandfather and grandmother both graduated from Furman in the 1920’s and her grandfather was on the tennis team. When Giles isn’t working hard for Furman Basketball she enjoys attending Furman athletic events (especially Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Football and Volleyball). She also enjoys spending time with her grandson, crocheting, going to the beach, and doing puzzles.
February 13, 2017
Dan Scott, Director of Broadcasting at Furman University, was born and raised in Williamson, WV. Scott’s job consists of being the Play-By-Play Voice of Football, Men’s Basketball, and Baseball at the university. Scott was an independent contractor at Furman until July 1, 2016, when he was then hired as the Director of Broadcasting and became a Furman employee. Scott has been married to wife, Angela for 27 years and has two children, one son-in-law, and a two year old granddaughter. When Scott isn’t at Furman he enjoys reading, listening to music and watching any and all sports. Scott says, “Baseball has been and will always be my favorite. I live by the saying ‘A bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day at the office.’” Scott works hard and makes it a point to live his life in this order: faith, family, and everything else.
Dan Scott leaves this for The Paladin Knight Kids Club members, “First, it takes a relationship with Jesus Christ to find true happiness. And second, always look for ways to help others. Even in simple ways. Do so, and you’ll always have a reason to smile.”
February 6, 2017
Allison Beasley, a senior at Furman University, plays guard for the Lady Paladins. Originally from Robbinsville, NC, Beasley is a Health Science Major who wishes to go to Nursing School to gain her BSN after graduating with her Furman Degree. Her ambision is to become certified in labor and delivery, as well as oncology in order to become a traveling nurse. When Beasley isn't studying or practiciing for an upcoming game she likes to go shopping, travel, and watch movies. Beasley's advice to our young Paladin Knights is, "Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard."-Tim Tebow
January 29, 2017
Craig Clark, a native from Knoxville, Tennessee, is one of Furman’s Assistant Athletic Directors as well as Furman’s head athletic trainer. Clark joined Furman University’s staff in July of 2009 where he supervises a staff of 12 athletic trainers who are responsible for the healthcare of Furman’s 450 student athletes. When Clark is not working hard at Furman he enjoys attending Furman Sporting events with his wife, April, doing yard work, woodworking and taking part in home improvement projects. Before Clark embarked on his journey at Furman he was the President of the South Carolina Athletic Trainers Association. Clark’s message to the members of The Paladin Knights Kids Club is to work hard, and always give 100% in everything that you do.