UMO withdraws three athlete jerseys

From staff reports

Three Mount Olive University athletics and cross-country legends – Adam Craig, Jonathan Dahlke and Leah Hanle – took off their jerseys on the Trojan Wall inside the Kornegay Arena during the 56th edition of the Pickle Classic.

The trio have won 28 All-American awards during their respective careers in cross-country and track and field.

“It’s a great honor to see Leah, Adam and Jon recognized for their tremendous accomplishments in our program,” said Jackie Kirby, UMO Head Cross Country Coach. “Seeing their jerseys hung with some of the biggest Trojans reminds us of where we’ve been and where we’re going.”

Hanle enters the WUO record books as the most decorated runner in program history with 14 All-American awards in total – three in cross-country, five in indoor track and six in outdoor track and field.

“Adam, Jon and Leah each embodied our goal of athletic and academic excellence,” said Jeff Eisen, who retired as UMO’s vice president of athletics on Dec. 31. “As former teammates, they should be bestowed with this special honor at the same time.”

Pinter is the best scholar

GREENVILLE, SC – Jasmine Pinter of Mount Olive University has been named the Carolinas Conference varsity athlete of the year for women’s soccer.

A Baltimore criminal justice graduate, Pinter has a GPA of 3.95 and has had a banner year for the Trojans. The senior scored 17 points (seven goals, three assists) and helped lead UMO to their second NCAA tournament appearance in program history.

Lora named head coach

Carlos Lora has been appointed head coach of men’s and women’s tennis at Mount Olive University.

A former college player at Averett University in Virginia, Lora succeeds Kevin Coghill, who has turned the Trojans into one of the elite tennis programs in the Southeast region and the country.

“I would like to thank Mr. [Jeff] Eisen and the entire Mount Olive University community for this great opportunity to be able to lead the men’s and women’s tennis programs at UMO, ”said Lora, who was a women’s assistant coach at Purdue University.

“Both of these programs have had a reputation for having a culture of excellence over the past few years and I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with a large group of men and women.

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