New Coaches and Staff

Christopher Bache, Assistant Football CoachChristopher Bache, Assistant Football Coach

Bache joined the Ferrum football coaching staff in April 2013. He came to Ferrum from NCAA Division I Kent State University, where he served from December 2010 through January 2013 as offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator. Kent State closed out the 2012 season with an 11-3 overall record.

Prior to his arrival at Kent State, Bache spent a year at Adrian College, and five seasons at Youngstown State University. His previous coaching stops include six seasons at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, four seasons at Kutztown University, five seasons at the College of Wooster , and one season at Temple University. He helped lead IUP to four conference titles and three NCAA Division II playoff berths, including a national semifinalist appearance in the 1999 NCAA Division II playoffs. Bache also helped lead Youngstown State to the FCS national semifinals in 2006.

Bache earned his bachelor of arts degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1987, before earning his master’s degree in education from Temple in 1991.

Brandon Bradley, Assistant Wrestling CoachBrandon Bradley, Assistant Wrestling Coach

Bradley joined the Ferrum coaching staff in the summer of 2013 after serving three years as assistant wrestling coach at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He brings a wide range of coaching experience to the Panthers. He served from 2006 to 2011 as a wrestling clinician at the Ken Chertow Youth Wrestling Camps, one of the nation’s top wrestling camp programs. Bradley earned a USA Wrestling bronze level coaches certification in 2010. He is certified through the American Red Cross in adult and child CPR, standard first aid, and is a certified lifeguard.

Bradley wrestled four years at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, an NCAA Division II school, starting all four years for the Braves in the 149-pound weight class. He competed internationally in Bulgaria and Romania in the summer of 2012. Bradley earned his bachelor’s degree from UNC-Pembroke in Exercise and Sport Science in 2010 and his master’s degree in health, human performance and recreation from Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2012. A native of Richmond, Virginia, Bradley prepped at Henrico High School, where he placed second in the 2004 Virginia AAA State Tournament.

Brandon Bradley, Assistant Wrestling CoachRyan Brittle, Head Baseball Coach

Brittle joined the Ferrum staff as head baseball coach in the summer of 2013. He served as assistant baseball coach four years at Rogers State University in Claremore, Oklahoma. Brittle was also the assistant head coach at Rogers State, lead infield instructor, and third base coach for the Hillcat baseball program, which was ranked in the NAIA Top 25 all four years Brittle was with the program. Prior to Rogers State, Brittle was assistant baseball coach and recruiting coordinator for seven years at Radford University, and assistant baseball coach two years at Virginia Tech.

Brittle attended Ferrum two years before completing his bachelor’s degree at Virginia Tech, where he played two seasons for the Hokies. He was a member of the 1997 Virginia Tech team that went to the NCAA Division I Regionals. At Ferrum, he was part of the 1996 Panther baseball team that competed in the NCAA Division III Regionals. Brittle earned his bachelor’s degree in forestry from Virginia Tech in 2000, and his master’s degree in education from East Central University in 2011.

Jay Clark, Assistant Athletic TrainerJay Clark, Assistant Athletic Trainer

Clark joined the athletic training staff in 2013 as an assistant athletic trainer. He completed his undergraduate training at Illinois State University in 2011, and finished a post-professional graduate program at the University of Virginia in 2012. Clark previously worked as a physician extender and athletic trainer for Midwest Orthopaedic Institute in DeKalb, Illinois. While there, he worked alongside orthopedics, podiatrists, physiatrists, and rheumatologists to provide complete care to prevent injuries in athletes, rehabilitate existing injuries, and performed in-office procedures.

Clark’s past research in the field of sports medicine includes arthrogenic muscle inhibition and how biofeedback augmented exercise effects recovery in athletes. He is a member of the NATA, Virginia Athletic Training Association, and the Frank McCue Society.

Phil Elmassian '70, Assistant Football Coach Phil Elmassian ’70, Assistant Football Coach

After 31 years away, Phil Elmassian returns to the Panther gridiron program as assistant football coach and defensive coordinator. His first time on campus was in 1969 when he played for Hank Norton’s junior college football team. After two seasons, in which the Panthers posted a 12-4-1 mark, Elmassian transferred to the College of William & Mary, where he played for the Tribe under Lou Holtz in 1971 and under Jim Root in 1972.

One of the most sought-after defensive coaches in the country returns to his roots to help give back to the school where he started. Elmassian began his coaching career at William & Mary, serving as quarterbacks and running backs coach from 1974 to 1975. He spent the next three years as an assistant coach at the University of Richmond before joining Norton on the Ferrum coaching staff from 1979 to 1982. He has coached at five Virginia schools, including Ferrum, Virginia Tech, William & Mary, University of Virginia (ACC champions), and University of Richmond.

Elmassian’s career includes stops at East Carolina, Minnesota, Syracuse, Washington, Boston College, Wisconsin, LSU, West Virginia, Marshall, Purdue, Nebraska, Louisiana-Monroe, Illinois State, and Massachusetts, and includes a host of post-season bowl games.

Nick Northern, Assistant Men's Lacrosse CoachNick Northern, Assistant Men’s Lacrosse Coach

Northern joined the Ferrum staff as assistant men’s lacrosse coach in the summer of 2013. He came to Ferrum from Shenandoah University, where he was assistant coach, recruiting coordinator, and offensive coordinator. The Hornets had their best start at 3-0 in 2013, and won five of their first six contests. Northern played two years at Wingate University and helped the team win the Deep South Conference in 2007, the school’s first league title. He then played two years at Virginia Wesleyan College, serving as team captain and earning ODAC All-Sportsmanship honors in 2011.

Dominic Worrell, Head Athletic TrainerDominic Worrell, Head Athletic Trainer

Worrell was named head athletic trainer at Ferrum College in 2013 after serving three years as assistant athletic trainer. In his first three years at Ferrum, he was directly responsible for care of the football, men’s basketball, and women’s lacrosse teams. He became a certified athletic trainer (ATC) after graduating from Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois. He completed the CAATE accredited undergraduate program in 2008 and then attended graduate school at Michigan State University in East Lansing.

During his two years as a graduate assistant at MSU, Worrell served as the ATC for the field hockey and men’s soccer intercollegiate teams. He also taught first aid and CPR courses for the school while obtaining his master’s degree. In addition to clinical coverage, Worrell serves as an adjunct instructor for Ferrum’s health and human performance department. He has taught rehabilitative techniques for athletic injuries, responding to emergencies, muscular fitness, and team sports courses.

Carrie Hanshue-Austin, Field Hockey CoachHanshue-Austin, Field Hockey Coach

Carrie Hanshue-Austin has been named field hockey coach for the newly reinstated program at Ferrum College. Hanshue-Austin was formerly at Appalachian State University, where she served as associate head field hockey coach from 2007 through this past fall.

Hanshue-Austin is a 2006 graduate of West Chester University in Pennsylvania, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science. She was a four-year starter as a goalkeeper for the Golden Rams. In 2004, she led the Atlantic 10 Conference in save percentage and earned NFHCA All-Region second team honors.

Prior to Appalachian State, Hanshue-Austin was assistant field hockey coach at West Chester University during the 2006–07 school year. She served in July 2013 as a junior national team selection camp volunteer and observer for U16, U19 and U21. Hanshue-Austin was also the Futures Program head coach and site director from 2003 to 2011. As a member of the NorPac Field Hockey Conference, she recorded minutes for all conference meetings from 2011–13.

Field Hockey

Field hockey is the sixth sport added at Ferrum in
recent years. Men’s lacrosse was added in 2010–11,
women’s swimming in 2011–12, wrestling and men’s
swimming in 2012–13, and equestrian (club) in
2013–14. With the addition of field hockey, the
College now offers 21 sports, including 19 varsity programs and two club sports.

Hanshue-Austin’s camp and clinic experiences include work at Appalachian State, Wake Forest University, Temple University, West Chester University, Saint Joseph’s University, and the Red Rose Field Hockey Camp.

Hanshue-Austin begins work at Ferrum immediately, recruiting for the fall 2014 season.

Ferrum offered field hockey as a club program in the late 1960s, before varsity sports came on board for women. Nearly 30 years later, field hockey was brought back as a varsity program in 1998, but was discontinued after two seasons.

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