Two New MBA Options Announced

Beginning in the fall of 2017, Bryan College will offer two new specializations for its Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) program including healthcare administration and sports management.

The healthcare administration option is targeted towards students who wish to or already are working in the healthcare or healthcare administration fields. The concentration will feature new courses that cover topics including healthcare systems, ethics, and operations management.

The sports management option will prepare students for careers in the sports and entertainment industry. Courses will cover topics including sports marketing, facility management, and finance.

These new specializations, in addition to all of Bryan’s graduate programs, will be available completely online and offer flexible scheduling for working adults. To learn more about Bryan’s graduate programs, please click here.

Written by Curtis Jolley, Social Media and Communications Coordinator

Bryan Athletics Hosts Instructional Camps For Men’s Soccer And Softball

The Bryan men’s soccer team is kicking off 2017 with another chance for high school students and above to learn and sharpen skills from a talented collegiate coaching staff.  The camp is set for Jan. 28 at Bryan College and will go from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a cost of $75.

The day will include several training sessions, scrimmaging, and a time for assessment by the coaches. Participants will have the chance to showcase their talents, which could lead to further opportunities that will be discussed in a collegiate soccer recruiting seminar led by the coaches.

Attendees will get to the see what the Lions call home with a full tour of the beautiful campus of Bryan College that also includes a stop for lunch. The athletes will get to experience what it is truly like to be a Bryan Lion.

**ID members must bring their own cleats, shin guards, and training gear. Bryan Soccer will provide water, Gatorade, training equipment, and facilities.

To register, contact Head Coach Drew Courtney at or Assistant Coach Luke Winter at

Lions Softball Offer Hitting/Pitching Clinics Jan. 14

An opportunity awaits for current 7th-12th grade softball players as the Bryan College Lions Softball Team hosts winter hitting/pitching clinics on Jan. 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the campus of Bryan College. The cost is $50 per session, or you can save by bundling and doing both for $75.

Due to limited space (hitting clinic – 15 attendees, pitching clinic – 8 attendees), sign up now in order to not miss out!

Clinics will be run by Bryan College Coaching Staff, Head Coach, Kayla Watkins, Assistant Coaches, Ted Evans and Amanda Lynn, and former Lipscomb University standout, Kelly Young.

CLINIC SCHEDULE:                                         

8:30-9:00 Check In and Registration for Hitting Clinic
9:00-12:00 HITTING CLINIC (Limited to 15 attendees)
12:00-1:30 Break for Lunch
1:00-1:30 Check In and Registration for Pitching Clinic
1:30-4:30 PITCHING CLINIC** (Limited to 8 attendees)


  • Be prepared for clinic sessions to be run inside or outdoors. This will be weather dependent.  Make sure that you have tennis shoes or turfs for indoor play.
  • Pitchers should bring their own catchers.
  • Registration will take place at the Bryan College Softball Field.  If the event is moved indoors, someone will be at the field to redirect you.

To register, please fill out this form and mail to:

Bryan College Softball
721 Bryan Drive
Dayton, TN 37321

For additional information, please contact: Kayla Watkins, Head Softball Coach, by email at or phone (423) 775-7492

Written by Wesley Sanders, Sports Information Director

December Graduates Celebrated at Fall Commencement Ceremony

dsc_0078December 19, 2016 – Hundreds of friends and family members gathered in Rudd Auditorium on Dec. 16 to watch as 105 students became Bryan College graduates.

“Mid-year graduations, just days away from Christmas, are always filled with excitement for all of our deserving graduates,” said Dr. Stephen Livesay, President of Bryan College. “I pray these graduates will live out our, and now their, mission as servants of Christ making a difference in their world. Congratulations to all!”

The ceremony also featured inspirational speeches and music from faculty as they celebrated the students’ milestone. Sabrena Smedley, broker/owner of Sabrena Realty Associates and a Bryan College alumna, served as the featured commencement speaker.

“As graduates of Bryan College, I challenge you to remember our motto and keep ‘Christ Above All’ in everything you do,” Smedley said.

Smedley was named the 2012 Realtor of the Year by the Greater Chattanooga Association of Realtors and currently serves as a board member for the Greater Association of Realtors. In addition to serving on the local and state governmental affairs committees, Smedley was also elected to serve as Hamilton County Commissioner for District 7 in 2014.

In total, 27 master’s, 75 bachelor’s, and three associate’s degrees were awarded in six areas of study. Eighty-four of the students were enrolled in Bryan’s Adult and Graduate Studies program (AGS), while 21 of the students were enrolled in on-campus programs.

Juliet Spiekerman Jones received the Highest Scholastic Record award, an honor that goes to the senior who achieves the highest GPA with at least 112 completed semester hours.

Josué Fernández Hernández and Katherine Denise Frazier were named recipients of the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges award. Candidates for this honor demonstrate academic ability, motivation, and commitment that indicates “potential for future achievement.”

In closing, Paulakay Hall ‘84, Alumni Director, asked the graduates to stay connected with Bryan and use their education to further make a difference in today’s world.

To view photos from the ceremony, please visit here.


Written by Curtis Jolley, Social Media and Communications Coordinator

Gifts for the King Campaign Raises Scholarship Funds for Deserving Students

img_0933-pngDecember 13, 2016 – Bryan College’s Advancement Office is hosting its annual Gifts the King campaign that provides scholarship funds for deserving students.

All gifts received will go towards the Bryan Scholarship Fund. For this year’s campaign, a Bryan alumnus from California is offering a $25,000 matching gift that will allow donations to be doubled.

“Your gifts to the Bryan Scholarship Fund are, in a sense, equipping students to become pastors, missionaries, worship leaders, business leaders, teachers, and scientists helping us fulfill our mission of ‘educating students to become servants of Christ,’” said Chuck Baker, Vice President of Advancement.  

Gifts for the King is a tradition for Bryan College that goes back to the 1930s. This yearly effort has helped so many young men and women receive a Christian education to “make a difference in today’s world.”

To read the Gifts for the King letter, please visit here.


Written by Curtis Jolley, Social Media and Communications Coordinator

RightNow Media Now Available to Bryan College Community

rightnowDecember 12, 2016The Netflix equivalent of Christian educational resources is now available to the Bryan College family completely free of charge. Open to all Bryan students, employees, and alumni, RightNow Media provides a wide range of faith-based resources including: entertainment, bible study materials, sermons, conference keynote addresses, ministry training, children’s messages, etc.

“This resource will allow everyone directly associated with Bryan College in any way to have literally thousands of great teaching videos from hundreds of today’s well-known Bible teachers available on demand, with very few restrictions,” said Gary Fitsimmons, Director of Library Services at Bryan College. “That means that each student, faculty member, staff member, administrator, trustee, and alum can have their own customizable account for viewing teaching from the likes of Chip Ingram, Andy Stanley, and Tim Tebow; and children’s videos like Veggie Tales or Owlegories, and can use them with any size group!”

The online database features more than 10,000 videos that can be viewed from a phone, tablet, or computer. RightNow Media also offers free apps for Roku and Apple TV that allow users to watch material on their TVs.

Students, employees, and alumni will be receiving an email from the Bryan College Library with an invitation to register. If you don’t receive an email, please contact Gary Fitsimmons,  Director of Library Services at


Written by Curtis Jolley, Social Media and Communications Coordinator

Bryan College Now Accepts CLT as Third Entrance Exam

December 9img_0780, 2016 – Bryan College announced that it will now begin accepting the Classic Learning Test (CLT) as a third entrance exam for prospective students.

“We are proud to accept the CLT as another option for our students,” said Joshua Hood, Director of Admissions at Bryan College. “The test designers created a very robust exam comparable to better known assessments; it’s very affordable and easily accessible with several test dates already published.”  

The CLT exam was designed by the Classic Learning Initiatives (CLI) to focus on classical learning objectives and to offer students an alternative to the SAT and ACT exams. The literary and mathematical questions on the CLT draw on the ideas of some of the greatest minds in Western history.

To date, Bryan College is the first and only college in Tennessee that accepts the CLT for admission acceptance.

Testing is offered five times a year with Bryan College available as an approved testing site. The test is taken online in the presence of a proctor and offers students immediate results upon completion.

“We are thrilled to offer to students the option of a standardized test which recognizes their values,” said Dr. Kevin Clauson, Vice President of Academics. “This is simply an extension of our goals to stand firm on the Word of God, teach a biblically-based Christian Worldview, and recognize the foundations of Western Civilization.”

Upcoming CLT Test Dates in 2017:

January 7 (register by December 31, 2016)

March 18 (register by March 8)

May 20 (register by May 10)

To register for the CLT exam, please visit here. For more information about this exam, please visit here.


Written by Curtis Jolley, Social Media and Communications Coordinator

Levi Nets Career-High 31 Points, Lions Blow Past Columbia 86-45

amber-leviDecember 7, 2016 – Bryan College sophomore guard and former Rhea County High School Golden Eagles standout, Amber Levi, hit 6-of-9 in three-point territory, shot 9-of-13 from the field, and was 7-of-8 at the foul line for a career-high 31 points in helping the Bryan Lions Women’s Basketball team steamroll fellow Appalachian Athletic Conference opponent Columbia College (S.C.) at home Wednesday night 86-45. The win raised Bryan’s overall record to 3-6 and conference record to 2-4, while dropping Columbia to 2-7 overall and 1-5 in the AAC.

It was a balanced effort by the Lions in one of their most notable performances of the year as they forced the Koalas into difficult looks that resulted in a 25.8 percent shooting percentage for the game and 33.3 percent behind the arc while piecing together their own 39.2 percent from the floor and connecting an impressive 52 percent from deep.

Bryan outrebounded Columbia 47-40 with assistance from Megan Billingsby who corralled a game-high nine misses, Brandi Whitted who snagged six, Levi who followed with five, and four apiece by Tonesha Allison, Marlee Sells, and Erisha Talley. The Lions did well in keeping possession and minimizing turnovers to only 10 while tallying 14 steals, three blocks, and causing the Koalas to turn the ball over a total of 24 times.

Billingsby was one rebound shy of her fourth double-double this season as she registered nine rebounds, 14 points, and four assists. She was 5-of-12 shooting and 2-of-5 from the three-point line. Tristan McClellan matched Billingsby for a team-high four assists. Kaylee Smith’s 14 points marked her sixth game this season where she has produced double-digits. She shot 5-of-9 and was a perfect 2-of-2 on shots from downtown. Whitted was next with five points, and Allison, Sells, and Destyne Middlebrooks each aided with four points, respectively. McClellan and Ashli Chew added one three pointer apiece for three points each.

The Koalas managed the first basket of the game and took the early edge at 4-3 before Allison made an easy shot inside for a 5-4 Lion’s lead, which was a lead that wouldn’t be surrendered for the duration of the meeting. As Bryan and Columbia were leveled 7-7 four minutes into the first quarter, it lasted for only a few seconds when Allison scored to make it 9-7 and Billingsby followed with a score underneath and trey to start a 15-0 run to end the opening period. When the first quarter came to a close, the Lions had clawed their way to a comfortable 22-7 lead.

The deficit only grew in the second quarter as Bryan outscored Columbia 25-12 and was highlighted by four of Levi’s three-pointers, which put the Lions ahead 47-19 heading into the break.

Bryan brought their lead into the 30’s when seven minutes were remaining in the third quarter and they were ahead 54-28, Billingsby sparked an 11-0 run with an unassisted score. McClellan found Smith afterwards for a made shot from deep, Levi added two points, Smith scored inside off a pass from Talley, and Levi made two free throws bringing the score to 65-28. The Koalas were able to outscore the Lions in the final two minutes of the third quarter, but Bryan’s lead proved too large as they still had a 33-point edge at 68-35.

It wasn’t until midway through the final quarter that Columbia broke their silence as Bryan opened the period with 12 unanswered points capped by Chew’s lone three-pointer for the Lion’s largest lead of the game, 45 points, 80-35. Foul shots by Columbia dropped Bryan’s lead into the 30’s in the final minutes, but the Lions ended the game with a 41-point edge at 86-45 with the help of last-second baskets from Sells and Middlebrooks.

“We really executed our defensive game plan tonight from the opening tip, which spurred our offense,” said Bryan Head Women’s Basketball Coach, Jason Smith. “We shot it really well tonight. It was great to see Amber re-gain some confidence and have a career night. We now look to gain some momentum to finish off our first semester schedule this Saturday. Putting together back-to-back wins is our next goal.”

The Lions turn their direction towards their last AAC matchup of the semester when they travel to St. Andrews University (N.C.) on Saturday, Dec. 10, with tipoff set for 12 p.m.

For the full Bryan Lions Women’s Basketball schedule, click here.


Written by Wesley Sanders, Sports Information Director

Three Lions Recognized As NAIA All-Americans

soccer-all-americansDecember 8, 2016 – The trio of Rafael Mentzingen, Jordan Dunstan, and Charlie Clarke helped make history for the Bryan College Lions Men’s Soccer team as the largest group to earn All-American honors from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, and Mentzingen’s second team distinction marked the only the second time in history and first time in 39 years that a member of the Bryan Lions Men’s Soccer team has landed on either the first or second team. Dating back to 2006, Dunstan and Clarke are two of only seven Lions to be selected to the NAIA All-America Honorable Mention team.

The NAIA All-America committee consists of the NAIA-Men’s Soccer Coaches Association Executive Committee, the National Championship Games Committee and four men’s soccer coaches—selected based on geography. Each team—first, second and third—consists of 11 members.

Bryan was the most represented Appalachian Athletic Conference School on the NAIA All-America list with Union College (Ky.) following with one second team honoree, Luke Hitchman.

In addition to being named to the NAIA All-American Second Team, Mentzingen was recently recognized by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) as an Academic All-District® First Team member in College Division in District 2, which encompasses the states of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Tennessee. First-team Academic All-District™ honorees advanced to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Team ballot, and that’s where Mentzingen continued to be noticed as he was named to the Second Team of the CoSIDA All-America® Men’s Soccer College Division Team.

He was named to the All-AAC First Team after netting the team’s second highest amount of goals, 12, and adding five assists. His 12 goals ranked him 3rd in the AAC and 50th in the nation in the total goals column. He tied teammate Charlie Clarke with four game-winning goals, ranking them 3rd in the conference and 23rd in the NAIA. In the last week of the regular season, Mentzingen was named the AAC Offensive Player of the Week award after scoring four goals and one assist on the week. He scored two goals and dished out an assist against AAC foe, Montreat College (N.C.), and notched two goals versus the (at the time) No. 22 Tennessee Wesleyan Bulldogs. His efforts on the week led to him being named the Tennessee Sports Writers Association Player of the Week, making him the only Lion to receive the honor this year.

The Mississauga, Ontario native, Jordan Dunstan anchored the Lion’s back line and helped hold other teams to only seven total goals through the season’s first 16 games. His efforts led to him receiving the honors of 2016 AAC Defensive Player of the Year and All-AAC First Team. He also aided offensively during the season with one goal scored against a top-25 team and connected for five assists throughout the year. He was one of three Bryan defenders recognized as an AAC Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week this season.

Clarke was Bryan’s leading goal scorer this year with 14 total goals. He started the year strong by finding the back of the net in four of the first five contests. His 14 goals ranked him 2nd in the AAC in total goals and 29th in the NAIA. At .74, Clarke nearly averaged a goal a game, which ranked him 2nd in the conference and 37th in the NAIA. He was a continual threat each and every game as he produced 2.21 shots on goal per match, landing him in the 2nd spot in the AAC and 22nd in the NAIA in the respective category. Four game winning goals were scored by Clarke, which tied him for 3rd in the conference and 27th in the nation. This marked his second consecutive year as a First Team All-Conference member.

“I am extremely happy for Rafael, Charlie, and Jordan on their All-American recognition,” said Bryan Head Men’s Soccer Coach, Drew Courtney. “It’s an honor for these guys, but it comes because these players are willing to put the team first.”

These three along with their fellow Lions helped Bryan Men’s Soccer accomplish one of their most successful seasons in program history. The Lions had a remarkable 16-3-3 overall record, while piecing together a 3-2-2 record versus top-25 opponents and topping three schools that were receiving votes. Bryan was the No. 10 seed in the National Tournament and hosted Spring Arbor University (Mich.) in the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship Opening Round but fell 3-2. It was only the fourth time the Lions have made an appearance in the National Tournament.

Team – Bryan

  • Ranks Number 16 in the NAIA in Total Shutouts (10.000)
  • Ranks Number 21 in the NAIA in Shots on Goal per Game (9.050)
  • Ranks Number 23 in the NAIA in Total Goals (58)
  • Ranks Number 24 in the NAIA in Shots per Game (18.090)
  • Ranks Number 26 in the NAIA in Shutouts per Game (0.450)
  • Ranks Number 31 in the NAIA in Goals per Game (2.640)
  • Ranks Number 32 in the NAIA in Total Assists (40)
  • Ranks Number 46 in the NAIA in Assists per Game (1.820)


Written by Wesley Sanders, Sports Information Director

Oteriah Lee’s Triple-Double Leads Bryan In 107-92 Win Over Johnson

31329578032_2b793b458f_kDecember 6, 2016 – It was an exciting night in Summers Gymnasium on Tuesday when the Bryan College Lions Men’s Basketball team reached triple-digits in scoring for the first time of the season with the help of a remarkable triple-double performance by Oteriah Lee and double-digit scoring by Reagan Johnson, Tyler Yoder, Brice Cusick, and Wray Fuller who finished with a double-double. The 107-92 win against the Royals of Johnson University (Tenn.) snapped a 10-game losing streak for the Lions, improving their overall record to 2-10 and dropping the Royals to 3-8.

In addition to Lee’s memorable game, another area of play grabbed the crowd’s attention as both teams combined for a total 86 three-point attempts. Bryan topped Johnson in the three-point contest shooting 40.5 percent behind the arc after going 17-of-42 compared to the Royal’s 34.1 percent on 15-of-44 chances. Yoder ended the game 7-of-13 from deep and was 8-of-15 shooting for the game as the second highest scorer with 24 points. Johnson followed completing 5-of-11 behind the arc and was 9-of-15 from the field for a team-leading 26 points. Despite his presence in the paint, Cusick proved a threat from outside as he scored nine of his 22 points from three-point territory and also aided with seven rebounds and four assists. Fuller notched his first career double-double with 11 rebounds and 12 points on 3-of-11 shooting along with going 5-of-7 from the foul line. Lee is one of only three NAIA Men’s Basketball players in the nation that have registered a triple-double this year. He corralled a career-high 11 rebounds, matched his career-high assists with 11, and dropped 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Riley Dempsey was the only other Lion to score as he chipped in seven points, four rebounds, and three assists.

The Lions shot 50 percent in the game (36-of-72), and the Royals trailed close shooting 45 percent (36-of-80). Johnson was 55.6 percent from the foul line after shooting 5-of-9, while Bryan connected on 64.3 percent going 18-of-28 after the Royals were forced to foul in the final minute in attempt to cut the deficit.

Tied 5-5 at the start of the contest, Johnson drained the deep look to give Bryan a lead that wouldn’t be surrendered for the rest of the game. Up 13-10, the Lions grew their lead to double-digits with the help of two back-to-back three-pointers by Yoder and a score from Cusick inside for a 21-10 advantage. With 12 before the half and the Lions leading by 13, 26-13, the Royals battled their way to 10 unanswered points, making it a one possession game with 10 minutes remaining in the first half. Johnson hung close with Bryan over the next seven minutes until Fuller completed the three-point play with one minute to go and Yoder pulled up from outside the arc, bringing the score to 56-43 at the break.

Two three-pointers by Cusick, three-pointer and inside bucket by Johnson, and a successful jumper from Fuller helped the Lions claw their way to their largest lead of the game, 16 points, four minutes into the start of the second half. The margin at 69-53 continued up to 77-61, but the comfortable lead fell to a slim seven-point edge at the eight-minute mark, 83-76. With the help of a basket from Cusick under the goal and two consecutive treys by Yoder, Bryan’s lead was bumped up to 14 points with five and a half minutes left in the game. Unfortunately the Royals answered back with a 12-3 run, cutting the margin to five points with 3:35 remaining. Three made foul shots by Fuller and two made by Lee put the Lions up by 10, 99-89, with just over a minute to go. Johnson did all they could to send Bryan to the line and make headway, but the Lions showed enough poise in their free throws and forced the Royals into tough shots to earn the 107-92 victory.

“I thought we played very well offensively and thought we shot the ball especially well from the field,” said Bryan Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Don Rekoske. “It was good to get a win. Oteriah controlled the whole game, and that showed with his triple-double.”

The Lions are on the road this Saturday, Dec. 10, as fellow Appalachian Athletic Conference opponent St. Andrews University (N.C.) hosts Bryan at 2 p.m.

Grimwood, Schroeder, and Boone Named NAIA Cross Country Scholar-Athletes

xia-hannah-and-tyler-scholar-athletes-officialDecember 1, 2016 – At the end of November, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the student-athletes that earned 2016 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors. Of the 335 women’s cross country student-athletes that were recognized, two of the runners were Bryan College Lions. Xia Grimwood, a senior from Cordova, Ark., was named a scholar-athlete for the first time in her career, and Hannah Schroeder has now earned the title of scholar-athlete two consecutive years. Despite having to sit out majority of this season, Schroeder has remained a significant part of the team following last year’s notable performances in both cross country and track and field. Last year was highlighted by posting a Bryan College and Appalachian Athletic Conference meet record time of 9:50:09 in the 4×800.

Bryan Lions Men’s Cross Country and Track and Field standout Tyler Boone was one of 222 men’s cross country student-athletes that were named 2016 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. It also marks back-to-back years he has received the honors. This season has been remarkable to say the least for the runner from middle Tennessee. After a memorable year which included two wins, involving crossing the finish line first in the Appalachian Athletic Conference Cross Country Championship which earned him the AAC Runner of the Year crown for the second consecutive season, he paced his way to an impressive 39th finish at the 61st Annual NAIA Men’s Cross Country National Championship. He finished with a time of 25:23.8 in the 8K event held at North Farm Cross Country Course in Elsah, Ill.

Boone made history this year as Bryan’s first-ever back-to-back AAC Champion, and his efforts gave way to him being recognized as conference runner of the week three times this season. At last year’s AAC Championship meet, he won in convincing fashion by setting a new course record at Victor Ashe Park with a time of 25:02.32.

Two other occasions that Boone shined this year were at the Greater Louisville Classic where he placed 11th in a field of 300 that included a large amount of NCAA DI runners, and at the Royal invitational hosted by Queens University where he came in behind only one NAIA runner with a notable time of 24:47.

In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status to qualify for this honor.

Congratulations on the success in both your races and in the classroom!


Written by Wesley Sanders, Sports Information Director