Mathes Mennell was named UNC Asheville’s head coach in January 2015, joining the Bulldog program from Loyola Marymount.
Mennell had been with the Lions program for 14 years, serving most recently as Associate Head Coach.
Considered one of the top assistant coaches on the West Coast, he helped LMU win two West Coast Conference championships and make five NCAA College Cup appearances. The Lions were an annual fixture in the national rankings during Mennell’s tenure and are one of the top programs on the West Coast.
After serving as an assistant coach at the United States Air Force Academy in 1996-1997, Mennell came to LMU as men’s assistant coach in June of 1998 until February of 2000. He then rejoined the coaching staff at Air Force as an assistant coach for the Falcons men’s soccer team from 2000-2002.
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 and the men’s program in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2009, and 2013.
Mennell is a 1996 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Humanities and completed his Master of Arts degree in General Education from Loyola Marymount University in July of 2007. In addition to his work within the Athletics Department, Mennell is also an instructor in the LMU Leadership Institute, which is a three-component program, open to all students, that includes a curricular, co-curricular and capstone experience based on the Social Change Model of Leadership Development.
A USSF “A” licensed coach, Mennell is also very active in youth soccer in Los Angeles, as he is currently the Director of Coaching Older Boys for the LA Galaxy-South Bay Soccer Club, which is one of the largest youth clubs in Southern California.
A standout goalkeeper at Air Force from 1992-1995, Mennell served as team captain in 1995 and was named the Team’s 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. 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.
A native of Bristol, Tennessee, Mennell attended Bristol Tennessee High School where he was a three-year all-region selection before graduating in 1991.