Coach Benware returns to Montreat College men’s soccer after three seasons with The University of the Cumberlands.
Prior to Cumberlands, he served as Head Men’s Soccer Coach at Montreat, where the program amassed an overall record of 31-21-2. He also coached two NAIA All-Americans, a two-time Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) Player of the Year, two AAC Freshmen of the Year, one AAC Golden Boot winner and 11 AAC All-Conference selections. Benware’s squad was also ranked as high as #11 in the Nation (NAIA) after defeating the then #1 team in the Nation, Lindsey Wilson College.
Benware was a four-year letterman at Oklahoma Wesleyan University where he garnered All-American, All-Region, All-Conference and All-Tournament honors. He graduated from OWU with a B.S. in Business Administration (2002) and later completed his M.A. in Christian Leadership at Liberty University (2010). Benware has also attained his NSCAA Premier, Advanced National and National Diplomas.
Benware lives in Black Mountain with his wife Kelly, and has two daughters, Riley (3) and Micah (1).
Michael Bruce becomes the full time assistant after joining the coaching staff at his alma mater following his graduation in May 2013 with a degree in business administration with a concentration in sports management.
Prior to coming to the States, Bruce moved up through the ranks at Alloa Athletic Football Club, in the Scottish 2nd division, before signing his first professional contract for the 2007-2008 season, spending one year with the first team squad.
Bruce made nine starting appearances for the Cavaliers in 2010 before injuries cut his career short. In his lone season in a Cavalier uniform, the East Kilbride, Scotland, native allowed just 1.02 goals against, ranking him 41st in the NAIA.
Prior to Montreat, Bruce played two seasons at Shorter (Ga.) where he appeared in 19 career matches for the Hawks.
Matthew Travis is entering his second season with the Cavaliers staff for the men’s soccer program.
Prior to arriving at Montreat, Travis attended and graduated from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education. Travis was also the Assistant Coach at Hickory High School in Chesapeake, Virginia for one season. His most recent position was at Cox High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia where he served as an assistant coach for two seasons.
In addition to his high school coaching, he was the Head Boys’ Travel Coach for Beach FC from 2012-2014.
Travis is also entering his second season on staff with North Carolina Olympic Development Program.
He holds an NSCAA National Diploma and Advanced National Diploma.