Coach Benware enters his 3rd season with the men's soccer program at Montreat College. He previously spent three seasons as Head Men's Soccer Coach at University of the Cumberlands (Williamsburg, KY) and led the program to a 27-21-4 record while there.
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).
Benware was a four-year letterman at Oklahoma Wesleyan University where he garnered All-American, All-Region and All-Conference 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 National, Advanced National and Premier Diplomas.
He currently serves as staff coach of NC ODP (Olympic Development Program) and has previously served as Director of Coaching for Kentucky Rush Soccer Club.
Benware lives in Black Mountain with his wife Kelly, their two daughters, Riley and Micah, and their son, Jaxon.
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.