Head Coach
Mike Kellar

On December 22, 2015, Mike Kellar became the 21st Head Football Coach in Lenoir-Rhyne history. Kellar comes to Lenoir-Rhyne after serving the past four seasons as mentor of the Vulcans of California (Pa.) University.
Kellar completed his fourth season as head coach in 2015 and 10th overall as a member of the coaching staff at California University of Pennsylvania. He previously served as the team’s offensive coordinator for five years before serving as the offensive coordinator and associate head coach for offense in 2011.
In four years as head coach, Kellar led the Vulcans to a 31-12 record while playing ten nationally-ranked teams. California has featured six All-Americans in that span, including offensive lineman Eric Kush, who became the second Vulcans player in recent years to be selected in the NFL Draft. In addition, defensive lineman B.J. Stevens led NCAA Division II in sacks per game in 2013 and defensive back Rontez Miles repeated as the PSAC West Defensive Player of the Year and was invited to the NFL Combine.
While away from the program in 2009-10, Kellar guided Concord University (W.Va.) to a 14-8 record as head coach. Prior to his arrival, the Mountain Lions managed only one win in the previous two years and hadn’t posted a winning season since 1998.
In 2010, Kellar led Concord to an 8-3 overall record to mark the first eight-win season for the program since it joined NCAA Division II in 1993. Under his guidance, the Mountain Lions featured one of the most balanced offenses in the WVIAC in 2010, ranking second in passing and total offense. Concord also ranked fourth in the country by averaging almost 500 yards of offense per game.
While with the Mountain Lions, Kellar mentored one of the most explosive wide receivers in the country in Thomas Mayo. A two-time All-WVIAC selection, Mayo set a school record and led the country in receiving yards per game in 2009. That season, he became the school’s first-ever Harlon Hill regional finalist and was Concord’s first All-American since 2002.
In his return to the Vulcans in 2011, Kellar worked with the most prolific passing offense in school history. Quarterback Peter Lalich broke the single-season school records for attempts, completions and passing yards, averaging nearly 300 yards per game. Mayo joined Kellar at Cal U and garnered All-America honors.
Kellar has developed some of the most potent offenses in school history. In 2004 and 2005, he coached the PSAC West Offensive Player of the Year in running back Antoine Bagwell. In 2005, the Vulcans averaged over 460 yards of total offense and scored over 40 points per game.
After California led the PSAC in total offense and rushing offense in 2006, Kellar directed a record-setting offense during the historic 2007 season. The Vulcans rushed for nearly 2,900 yards and totaled over 5,000 yards of offense for the first time in school history.
The following year, California won its first PSAC Championship since 1984 and shattered the single-season school record with over 6,000 yards of total offense. Under the tutelage of Kellar, quarterback Kevin McCabe was a Harlon Hill regional finalist and became the first quarterback in school history to surpass 3,000 passing yards and 30 touchdowns.
In all but one of Kellar’s ten years with the program, the Vulcans averaged over 30 points per game. His Vulcans offenses have helped seven players earn All-America status.
Kellar’s passion for football began with his own success as a student-athlete. He was the starting quarterback at Glenville State before transferring to Fairmont State, both located in West Virginia. He earned his undergraduate degree in liberal arts from Fairmont State before receiving his master’s degree in safety management from West Virginia University.
A native of West Virginia, Kellar and his wife Melissa have four children, Deidra, Jarrod, Anthony and Jacob.

Wide Receivers Coach & Co-Recruiting Coordinator
Arketa Banks

Arketa Banks is beginning his fourth season as an Assistant Football Coach for Lenoir-Rhyne and will oversee the wide receivers once again this fall after heading up the slotbacks in 2013 and 2014. This past spring, Banks also assumed the duties of Co-Recruiting Coordinator for the Bears.
In 2014, Banks coached a stable of running backs which helped the Bears rush for a single-season, NCAA Division II-record 416.2 yards per game.
In addition, seniors Chris Robinson and Jarrod Spears earned all-league and all-region honors while Robinson rushed for the most yards in a season (1,418) in 20 years and was named an NCAA D-II All-American for his efforts. The Bears went 11-1 in 2014 and finished the season ranked No. 8 in the nation.
Banks came to Lenoir-Rhyne after serving as Running Backs and Wide Receivers Coach (2009-12) at Western Carolina University.
Banks also served as the program's community service and camp director and coached Michael Johnson to 2009 Southern Conference Freshman-of-the-Year honors.
Prior to Western Carolina, Banks was the Secondary Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Brevard College (2008).
Banks also coached at Wakefield High School in Raleigh, N.C., in 2006 and 2007 and Warren County High School in Warrenton, N.C., in 2004 and 2005.
At Warren County, Banks was Head Coach in 2005 and Head Junior Varsity Coach in 2004. In 2005, Banks mentored quarterback Victor Hunt to NCC Player-of-the-Year honors.
Banks graduated from Elon in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in leisure sport management.
As a member of the Phoenix's football team, Banks was the team's MVP in 2001 and was a second-team All-Big South Conference honoree as both a wide receiver and kick returner (2001-02).
Banks and his wife, Latora, are the proud parents of three children: Shymia, Kimora and Arketa, II.

Associate HC/ Defensive Line
Brian Hill

Brian Hill is beginning his second stint at Lenoir-Rhyne University in 2016 and will be the team's Associate Head Coach and Defensive Line Coach.

Hill spent the past five years at Georgia Military College (2011-15) in Milledgeville, Ga., where he served as Defensive Line Coach, Special Teams Coordinator and Head Strength & Conditioning Coach.

Prior to Georgia Military, Hill was the Defensive Line Coach at Furman (2010) and Associate Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator and Defensive Line Coach at Concord University in 2009. Hill was part of a Mountain Lions squad which produced their first winning season in 11 years.

Hill's first stint at Lenoir-Rhyne lasted seven years (2002-08) as he held the following positions: Camp Coordinator, Defensive Line Coach, Associate Head Coach (2004-06), Defensive Coordinator (2006) and Assistant Head Coach (2007-08).

At the Lenoir-Rhyne Honors Convocation in May of 2007, Hill was named the Jeff Norris Non-Teaching Employee Of The Year.

At Union College (Ky.), Hill was the team's Head Coach for three seasons (1999-01) after serving as Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator for three years (1996-98).

Hill's other coaching stops included Cumberland College (1994-95) as defensive line coach, Virginia Military Institute (1993) as outside linebackers coach and Glenville State (1991-92) as defensive line coach.

Hill received his bachelor of arts degree from Glenville State in 1992 and earned his master's degree in physical education from Union in 2014.

Hill and his wife, Jamie, have one daughter: Emma Jaye.

Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers
Mike Lopez

Mike Lopez is entering his first season as Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers Coach for Lenoir-Rhyne University in 2016.

Lopez comes to Lenoir-Rhyne after spending the past three seasons (2013-15) as defensive coordinator at California University of Pennsylvania. The Vulcans went a combined 23-9 during those three years.

Prior to California, Lopez spent 11 years at his alma mater, Fairmont State University (2002-12). With the Fighting Falcons, Lopez was Head Coach for six years (2007-12) after spending the first five years as the squad's defensive coordinator.

During his tenure at Fairmont State, Lopez coached 22 All-WVIAC First-Team selections and four All-Americans while his 2011 squad went 7-4 on the year and picked up its most victories since the 2000 campaign.

In addition, two players earned Academic All-American honors in 2011: Frank Keenan and Dewey McDonald (an All-American on the field as well) while Vince Black was the 2007 league defensive player of the year.

A native of West Virginia, Lopez was a standout defensive end and a Team Captain for the Falcons in 1996 and 1997. Lopez led Fairmont State to the conference championship as a junior after transferring from Potomac State (W.Va.).

Lopez earned his undergraduate degree from Fairmont State in 1998 before completing his master's from West Virginia in 2001. Lopez served as a graduate assistant coach for the Moutaineers as well.

Lopez and his wife, Jaclyn, are the proud parents of one daughter (Lily, 9) and one son (Roman, 7).

Nickelbacks Coach & Academic Coordinator
Aaron Brock

Aaron Brock is beginning his eighth year as an Assistant Football Coach for Lenoir-Rhyne University this fall. This season, Brock has assumed the duties of Nickelbacks Coach after serving as Defensive Ends Coach for the Bears for two years (2014-15).

From 2010 to 2013, Brock coached the outside linebackers after serving as an assistant offensive line and tight ends coach in his first season (2009). Brock also serves as the Bears' Coordinator of Academics.

During Brock's tenure, the Bears have won four straight South Atlantic Conference Championships (2011-14), earned three consecutive playoff berths (2012-14) and made a trip to the NCAA Division II National Championship game in 2013. In 2014, Lenoir-Rhyne went 11-1 and finished the season ranked No. 8 in the nation.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team led the South Atlantic Conference in 2013-14 with the highest number of student-athletes to make the Commissioner';s Honor Roll from a single team with 24 making the list.

Brock also assumed the duties as Lenoir-Rhyne's Associate Head Coach of Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field just prior to the 2013-14 school year and led the Bears' men's track team to a second-place finish in the inaugural conference championship two years ago and followed that performance up with another runner-up place last spring.

Brock came to Lenoir-Rhyne after serving as Athletic Director for Three Rivers Public Schools in Michigan for three years (2006-09).

Before Three Rivers, Brock was Associate Athletics Director for Alma College in Alma, Mich., from 2003 to 2006. In addition to his administrative duties at Alma, Brock also served as the Defensive Coordinator and Recruiting Coordinator (2002-06), Head Men's Track and Field Coach (2002-03) and Admissions Athletic Coordinator and Assistant Football Coach (1999-02).

While at Alma College, Brock coached nine defensive players to All-MIAA honors and one track and field athlete advanced to the NCAA Division III National Championship. Three additional track athletes earned conference championships and three more garnered all-league accolades.

Previous coaching stops include Cheyney (Pa.) Univ. (1999), a prior stint at Alma (1997-99) and St. Louis (1996) and Boyne City (Mich.) High Schools (1994).

Brock earned his bachelor of arts in exercise and health science in 1997 from Alma College and master's degree from Lenoir-Rhyne in 2012. Brock and his wife, Amy, have two children: Maggie and Andy.

Offensive Coordinator/Offensive line
Bob Mcclain

Bob McClain is entering his first year as Offensive Coordinator, Offensive Line Coach and Run Game Coordinator at Lenoir-Rhyne University in 2016.

McClain comes to Lenoir-Rhyne after spending last fall as Run Game Coordinator and Offensive Line Coach at California University of Pennsylvania where four offensive lineman earned all-league accolades.

McClain served as Offensive Line Coach for two years at Appalachian State (2010-11), one season as Tight Ends Coach, Recruiting Coordinator at Tulsa (2009), Special Teams and Offensive Quality Control Coach at Michigan (2008) and Offensive Coordinator and Offensive Line, Tight Ends and Running Backs Coach at Glenville State (2006-07).

McClain spent six years at West Virginia where his responsibilities included Academic Graduate Assistant (2000) and Offensive Graduate Assistant and Offensive Line and Tight Ends (2001-05).

During his tenure at Appalachian State, the Mountaineers won the Southern Conference Championship in 2010 and earned a berth to the NCAA Division I FCS Playoffs in 2010 and 2011.

McClain coached four out of the five Mountaineers' starters to all-league honors in 2010 while Daniel Kilgore earned All-American accolades and was drafted in 2011 by the San Francisco 49ers. The 2010 team was ranked in the top ten nationally in rushing offense, total offense and scoring offense.

During his time at West Virginia, the Mountaineers won the Big East Championship and the Sugar Bowl in 2005 (11-1 overall) and were the league co-champions in 2003 and 2004.

In addition, the Mountaineers finished first in the conference in rushing for four straight years (2002-05) and were seventh and fifth in rushing offense in NCAA Division I in 2004 and 2005, respectively. Under McClain, 10 offensive linemen garnered All-Big East accolades while seven players were drafted by the NFL.

McClain worked for Rich Rodriguez at West Virginia and Michigan and Rick Trickett at West Virginia. Trickett is currently the Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Line Coach at Florida State and is one of the most respected offensive line coaches in all of college football.

McClain earned his undergraduate degree from Waynesburg (Pa.) in 1996 and earned master's degrees in secondary education, elementary education and educational leadership from West Virginia.

Special Teams Coordinator / Defensive Backs Coach
Dave Cole

Dave Cole is entering his first year as Special Teams and Defensive Backs Coach and Co-Recruiting Coordinator for the Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team in 2016.

Cole comes to Lenoir-Rhyne after spending the past 10 seasons as an Assistant Coach at California (Pa.) University.

While with the Vulcans, Cole headed up the secondary in his first season before becoming the team's Pass Game and Recruiting Coordinator for nine straight years beginning in 2007.

During Cole's tenure with California, the Vulcans advanced to three straight NCAA Division II National Semifinals (2007-09) in addition to five playoff appearances and seven consecutive PSAC West Conference Championships (2005-11). The 2007 Vulcans' defense was ranked No. 1 in the nation.

In the summer of 2013, Cole did an NFL Internship - the Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship Program - for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Cole, who holds bachelor's and master's degrees (both in geography and regional planning) from California (Pa.), started his coaching career as a graduate assistant for the Vulcans in 2004.

Cole was also a four-year letterwinner and two-year starter for the Vulcans. Cole is an active member of FCA and the AFCA while his family includes his wife, Sharron, and two daughters: Saniya (six) and Rebekah (two).

Tight Ends & Strength and Conditioning Coordinator
Mitch Hairston

Mitch Hairston is beginning his first year as Tight Ends Coach for Lenoir-Rhyne University in 2016. In addition, Hairston will head up the team's strength and conditioning program.

Hairston comes to Lenoir-Rhyne after spending the past two seasons as Graduate Assistant and Tight Ends Coach and Strength & Conditioning Coordinator at Concord University (2014-15).

The 2014 Mountain Lions finished with a 13-1 record overall, a perfect regular season mark and a berth in the nation semifinals. In addition, Concord won the Mountain East Conference Championship.

Hairston was a four-year starter on the Mountain Lions' Offensive Line (2009-12) where he earned All-WVIAC honors four times and was a 2011 all-region selection. In addition, Concord went 28-16 during those four years and won the 2011 conference championship.

Hairston was a 2014 graduate of Concord with a bachelor's degree in physical education/pre-kindergarten-adult and is currently working on his master's from Concord in health promotion.

Defensive Assistant
AJ Hopke

A.J. Hopke, entering his fourth season on staff, was elevated to defensive graduate assistant in the spring of 2015 after serving as a student assistant in 2013 and 2014. Hopke will coach the defensive line this fall after heading up the linebackers last year.

Hopke also worked with the defensive line in 2013, leading the squad to the NCAA Division II Championship game, and assisted the offensive line and special teams in 2014. The Bears won their fourth straight South Atlantic Conference Championship in 2014 as well.

Hopke earned his bachelor's degree at Lenoir-Rhyne in sport management while minoring in both business and political science.

Hopke, a three-year letter winner on the football team (2010-12), was part of two SAC Championship Teams (2011-12) and one NCAA Division II Playoff squad (2012).
Hopke graduated from Alexander Central High School in Taylorsville, N.C. Hopke married the former Amanda Bryan in the summer of 2016 and is currently working on his master's degree in leadership at Lenoir-Rhyne.