New Coaches Aim for Bright Future

by Carlos Melgar

Transylvania University athletics heated things up before summer started when they hired two new coaches — Tiffany Underhill and Kyle Dunaway. Both coaches are excited to be here in Lexington, especially at Transy, and cannot wait for their respective seasons to start.

Coming from a small town outside of Cape Cod, Mass., Tiffany Underhill has been selected as Transy’s new field hockey coach. Underhill attended Keene State College in Keene, N.H., where she played softball and field hockey all four years. She was then offered a position as the assistant field hockey coach at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va.

“I love the challenge (of building up the field hockey program),” Underhill said. “After meeting with the team, I felt a really good vibe from them. They were sponges, absorbing everything. I love the small campus of Transylvania with the big city of Lexington,” said Underhill.

Her biggest challenge for the team is trying to keep everyone healthy and injury-free.

“Everyone is at a different skill level and we want to continue to grow as a team,” said Underhill.

Coach Underhill is looking forward to working with an excellent group of girls.

“They are feisty, goal hungry, and very scrappy,” she said. “I am excited about this upcoming season. I am very optimistic and excited to see what will happen.”

Transylvania athletics made a splash when they hired Kyle Dunaway as the head coach of the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams. Coming from DePaul University in Chicago, he took his men’s team to No. 13 in the country and second in the 4×50 freestyle relay. He spent three years at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ill., and was a student-athlete at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio.

“I felt like the pieces of the puzzle were coming together,” said Dunaway. “Transylvania is a small, liberal arts college in the beautiful city of Lexington which can be used as a marketing tool. My mom has been coaching for 30 years so I have the mentality to coach.”

Dunaway sees his biggest challenge as changing the “culture of the program.”

“Some are scared of change and do not want it. There is always going to be change. I want to start building a winning environment,” Dunaway said.
One of his goals is to increase the number of swimmers.

“(I’d like a total of) 40 men and women combined. Right now we have anywhere between 28 and 36,” Dunaway said.

“He is a very goal-oriented person who strongly believes in his team,” junior Charlotte Alexander said. “Kyle seems very experienced and seems to be able to connect with his team. I think the team will really benefit (with) both he and Jill (Southerlan) as the coaches.”

“Kyle is very organized and has done a great job trying to get to know each of us before the start of the season and school year,” said senior Sammy Washburn. “I know that he made a plan to call each of us individually, starting with juniors and seniors, to say hi, introduce himself and tell us a little about his plan for the season. I think this season will be a step forward for the team and program and I am excited to see how the year unfolds.”

Both coaches want to build up their respective teams and take them to a new level. They are excited for a new season and a new start at a new school. Students around campus will definitely be seeing them around for a good amount of time. Let us welcome these new coaches and show our support for them at their meets and games.


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