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Central grad to head Martin Methodist cheer squad

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Keye Matthews, a 2014 Columbia Central graduate, has been named competitive cheer coach at Martin Methodist College. He succeeds Jasmine Martin, recently named director of women’s basketball operations at Tennessee State University, in that role.

The appointment of the three-time NAIA All-American was recently announced by MMC athletics director Brandie Paul.

“We immediately had Keye on our radar because of his outstanding pedigree not only as a member of the cheer squad, but as a true student-athlete,” Paul said. “Keye is one of the most decorated cheer competitors in the history of the NAIA. His experience alone will provide invaluable leadership to an already promising program in 2021.”

Cheering from 2014-18, Matthews helped the RedHawks to win the NAIA national championship in 2016, the first year of the event. He earned all-America honors each of the next three years and was recognized in February as a member of the Martin Methodist All-Sesquicentennial team.

“I can really say it is a true honor to come back to a place I love so much,” Matthews said. “Martin Methodist holds a special place in my heart and I look forward to taking this program to an even higher level.

“I personally want to thank (school president) Dr. Mark La Branche and Brandie Paul for this opportunity and their belief in me. Our season is right around the corner so a lot must be done, but I look forward to the challenge.”

The RedHawks were unable to compete in last year’s nationals in March after they were canceled because of the coronavirus outbreak – providing Matthews with a hungry bunch for the upcoming season.

“I know the squad is ready to get to work and get back to the level they ended in 2020,” Matthews said. “We will work quickly to bring us up to the standards that Martin Methodist Cheer has held over the years.”

Veteran Martin Methodist AD up for NAIA HOF induction

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Longtime Martin Methodist College senior athletics director Jeff Bain will be among seven individuals inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame during an April ceremony in New Orleans.

Bain, who previously coached football at Giles County, Farragut and Tullahoma, is in his 28th year at the Pulaski school. Under his leadership, Martin Methodist has won more than 30 athletic conference championships and multiple national titles.

“Congratulations to my good friend Jeff Bain upon his selection to the NAIA Hall of Fame,” said former Tennessee athletics director Mike Hamilton. “This is formal recognition of a leader who has been a Hall of Famer for quite some time in my book.

“In Jeff’s tenure at Martin Methodist, he has touched all the bases. He hired great coaches, gave them incredible support and put student-athletes in the best possible scenario to excel in life and, along the way, win championships. Thousands of student-athletes have been directly touched by his and his staff’s work. He has represented his institution with class, regionally and nationally, and has a gift in engaging all of his consistent communities. This honor is beyond well deserved.”

Martin Methodist College senior athletics director Jeff Bain will be inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame during an April ceremony in New Orleans. (Photo courtesy Martin Methodist College Athletic Communications)

The athletic department has increased its visibility and its footprint during Bain’s tenure, instituting an award of excellence named in honor of former Tennessee Governor Ned McWherter, acquiring land and constructing the East Campus Athletic Complex, adding 10 athletic teams and establishing an athletic hall of fame and various programs designed to improve the student-athlete experience — including an advisory committee, a “Champions of Character” program, an enhancement program and a sports management academic and intern program.

Bain has been recognized for his leadership on 10 different occasions by his peers, most recently as the 2014-15 NAIA Under Armour AD of the Year, following his 2013-14 Southern States Athletic Conference AD of the Year honor and five TranSouth conference AD awards.

“Jeff has witnessed and helped lead 27 years of growth and change in Martin Methodist athletics,” MMC president Mark La Branche said. “He began in 1993 and was tasked with leading the college from a two-year program to a four-year program.

“Today, Martin Methodist has 20 competitive teams and some of the finest athletic facilities among NAIA schools. Jeff is known nationally for his leadership and innovation as an athletics director. He has built a tremendous legacy in college sports.”

Bain will be honored at an awards luncheon and ceremony during the NAIA National Convention, which is scheduled for April 15-19. Other Hall of Fame inductees include former athletes Tim Bishop (Black Hills State University), Brian Charles DeRoo (University of Redlands), Hillary Holt (College of Idaho), Scott Morgan (Dakota Wesleyan University) and Bruce Polen (William Penn University), along with Morningside College’s John Reynders, who like Bain will be recognized for meritorious service.

Ex-Indy staffer returns to collegiate alma mater

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Caleb Chowbay, a former two-sport standout at Mt. Juliet who spent the 2018-19 basketball season as an assistant under Doug Keil at Independence, has been named to the men’s coaching staff at Martin Methodist College.

Chowbay, a 2017 Martin Methodist graduate, played his final two seasons with the RedHawks after initially signing with Belmont University, where he spent three years.

“I could not be more thrilled to return to a place where I have such special memories,” Chowbay said. “Martin Methodist and the city of Pulaski are places I truly love. I always wanted to be able to give back and this opportunity seems like the perfect fit.

Caleb Chowbay, a football and basketball standout at Mt. Juliet before pursuing a college basketball career at Belmont and Martin Methodist, has joined the RedHawk program as an assistant. Chowbay earned NAIA all-America honors his senior year at the Pulaski school. (Martin Methodist Athletic Communications)

“I want to thank Dr. Mark La Branche, Mr. Jeff Bain and coach Dugan Lyne for giving me this opportunity. I am so excited and cannot wait to get things started.”

Chowbay served as an assistant last season at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, N.C.

In his two years as a player at Martin Methodist, Chowbay averaged 15.3 points, helping the RedHawks to an NAIA national tournament appearance and earning all-American honors his senior year, when he averaged 16.7 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists.

Prior to transferring, Chowbay played in 36 games during the 2014-15 season at Belmont.

“We are excited to have Caleb join the coaching side of our program,” Lyne said. “Caleb returns to a program that he has been an enormous part of since he stepped on campus back in the fall of 2015.

“Caleb has a great feel for the game, will excel in player development, and will continue to help build our culture.”