FHU Basketball Welcomes New Assistant Coaches

FHU Basketball Welcomes New Assistant Coaches

Thu, Jun. 29, 2017 - [Basketball]

Matt Barker, Sports Information Director

HENDERSON, Tenn. – The sideline will look slightly different during the 2017-18 season for the FHU men’s and women’s basketball programs, as both teams welcome new Assistant Coaches to their staff.

Former Lady Lion standout Brittany "Montgomery" Cavender joins the Lady Lions staff as their new Assistant Coach while Florence, Ala. native Drew Stutts joins the men's sideline.

The coaching change for the upcoming season comes on the heels of both former Assistant Coaches for the men’s and women’s programs moving on to head coaching positions for the 2017-18 season.

Former Lady Lion Assistant Alissa Hargett will now be the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at her alma mater, Madison Academy in Madison, Ala., while former men’s Assistant Vincent Meninno takes on the head coaching duties at conference foe Lindenwood University-Belleville in Belleville, Ill.

Originally from Reagen, Tenn., Cavender was a member of the Lady Lion basketball program from 2010 to 2014, where she was an AMC All-Conference performer her senior season while setting the school record for made three-point field goals in a game with 11.

Prior to her arrival back at FHU as Assistant Coach, Cavender served as the Head Junior Varsity Coach at Scotts Hill Elementary School for the 2015-16 season and most recently served as an Assistant Coach at Jackson Christian School for the 2016-17 season.

Dale Neal, head coach for the Lady Lion basketball program, said Cavender is a great fit for her new position at FHU.

"I am thrilled to have Brittany join our basketball staff," Neal said. "I am confident she will bring the same work ethic and knowledge of the game that she demonstrated when she was a Lady Lion player."

Cavender and her husband Jerelle reside in Henderson, Tenn. They have one daughter, Alexa, who is three years old.

Stutts, the new Assistant Coach for the men’s program, is also no stranger to the college game, as he played college ball at Northwest Shoals Community College and University of North Alabama, where he graduated in 2011 with a degree in Physical Education.

Throughout his college playing career from 2008-2011, Stutts, a graduate of Mars Hill Bible School, served as a coach at his alma mater, where he helped lead the Panthers to two Final Four Appearances and one Elite Eight.

Following his college career from 2011-2014, Stutts served as Athletic Director and Head Basketball Coach at Corner High School, a Class 5A school in Birmingham, Ala. From 2014-2017, he continued his coaching career at Class 7A Hewitt Trussville High School, where he served as the Junior Varsity Head Coach and Varsity Assistant Coach for the Huskies.

“My family and I are beyond excited to join the FHU family,” Stutts said. “I am grateful for the opportunity to work with Coach Sanderson. He is first and foremost a great Christian man as well as a proven winner on the court. The chance to coach at Freed-Hardeman University with him was an opportunity I could not pass up. I am thrilled to be joining the Lions coaching staff for the upcoming season.”

Stutts has been married to his wife Amanda since 2010. They have two sons, Roman (4) and Deacon (2).

Mike McCutchen, Athletic Director at Freed-Hardeman, said he is excited to have both coaches on campus and looks forward to a great 2017-18 athletic season.

"A key to success in any sports program is putting together a great staff," said McCutchen. "Brittany and Drew are two outstanding coaches who will be able to impact their respective programs in a very positive way. We are excited to have them join us as assistant coaches for our women’s and men’s basketball programs."

Stutts began his coaching duties for the men's basketball program on June 1 while Cavender will assume her responsibilities with the women's program beginning July 1.