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Lincoln Walters
Head Coach - 2nd Season
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Lincoln Walters is transitioning into his third year as the Head Men's Basketball Coach at Montreat College. His enthusiasm, high energy, and will to win have motivated his players, the college, and this community in ways that people haven't seen in quite some time. In Walters first year as head coach he doubled the number of wins that the program had its previous season. The Cavaliers most notable win under Walters' lead was its road victory over the eventual Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament Champions, Union College. Not only did he double the number of wins, he did it while also playing 7 NCAA Division 1 opponents.  This past year the program finished tied for fifth in the Appalachian Athletic Conference.  The Cavs finished 2nd in the Country in field goal percentage shooting an impressive 50.4%.  They also finished 6th in 3 point field goal percentage at 39.1%.

His commitment to seeing student-athletes graduate is unquestionable.  "I believe these men are here to get an education first, we make it very clear that is our first priority. We're in the business of growing men; spiritually, academically, and athletically and we use the simple game of basketball to do that." says Coach Walters.

In 2004-05 he spent a year as the Cavalier's assistant basketball coach under former Coach Bill Robinson. That year Montreat won the conference outright and came up just short of advancing to the NAIA National Tournament losing to Tennesse Weslyan in the conference championship game. Preceding his time at Montreat Lincoln coached at his high school alma mater University Christian in Jacksonville, Florida.

Walters Graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Administration. Lincoln was recruited to play basketball for the Mocs in 1994-95 and as a freshman he started on a Chattanooga team that made it to the first round of the NCAA Tournament where they lost to the University of Connecticut. His junior year they returned to the "Big Dance" as a Cinderella 14 seed. They advanced to the "Sweet Sixteen" knocking off Georgia, Illinois, and eventually losing to Providence by six, 65-71.

Lincoln graduated from University Christian High School in Jacksonville, Florida where he was a First-Team All-State player averaging 24 PPG. In 1993-94 he helped lead UC to the State finals with a 26-5 record. 

He was born in Wurzburg Germany as his father was in the Army for 25 years. Lincoln is married to Charlotte Walters and they have one daughter named Liberty Raine.

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Kevin Hanlon
Assistant Coach - 2nd Season
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Coach Walters recently announced that Kevin Hanlon will be the newest member of the Montreat Men's Basketball coaching staff. "Kevin's going to be a great asset to our program. He understands our expectations, he's been a part of the program as a player, and he has the gift of leadership and teaching." Says Coach Walters. Hanlon, a Montreat College 2010 graduate, led last year's team in shooting percentage at just under 38%. Walters' adds, "What I appreciated so much about Kevin as a player was the fact that he new his abilities, strengths, and weaknesses, and stayed within what he could do. As he transitions into a coach, I think he will help players understand their strengths and weaknesses while helping them stay within their abilities as well". Kevin has somewhat of a family tradition with Montreat Basketball. His oldest brother Sean played for Bill Robinson from 2001-2006 and his middle brother Patrick, played from 2002-2007. Kevin, like Patrick, moved straight into coaching directly after his playing career.

Kevin graduated from Montreat with a Business Administration degree focusing in the area of Management. He was heavily involved in leading worship with the chapel band and was a part of the leadership team with FCA. "I'm ecstatic about the opportunity to not only stay at Montreat but also have the privilege of moving into coaching so quickly. I'm looking forward to transitioning from captain on the floor to coaching on the sidelines" says Hanlon.

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Kent Otto
Assistant Coach - 2nd Season
Kent Otto has been a part of Lincoln Walters staff now for the past two seasons.  He has been a part of the Montreat family for many years.  Even though his family has only lived here for the past five years, he's been coming to Montreat over the past 25.  Otto played high school ball at Needham B Broughton High School in Raleigh, NC and has over 20 years of basketball experience.  Coach Walters recently stated that, "Kent is the type of coach that needs to be on our bench.  Not only is he a guy that all the players look up to and respect, he's a guy that our coaches look to as someone who is going to lead and encourage".  Coach Otto is married to Nickie and they have two children, Luke and Anna. 
When asked his comments on helping the Men's program he said, "I love the game of basketball and appreciate the opportunity to be associated with Montreat College, its coaches, and the players.  I look forward to investing into the team and this community.  We're expecting big things from this team.  The quality of these young men make it a pleasure to coach and teach."
Daniel Kennedy
Student Assistant - 1st Season
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Jennings Vess
Student Assistant - 1st Season
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