UMO retires three athletes' jerseys

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Three University of Mount Olive track and field and cross country legends — Adam Craig, Jonathan Dahlke and Leah Hanle — had their jerseys retired on the Wall of Trojans inside Kornegay Arena during the 56th annual Pickle Classic.

The trio combined to win 28 All-American awards during their respective careers in cross country and track and field.

“It’s such a great honor to have Leah, Adam and Jon recognized for their tremendous accomplishments while in our program,” said Jackie Kirby, UMO head cross country coach. “To see their jerseys hanging with some of the Trojan greats is a reminder of where we have been and where we are going.”

Hanle enters the UMO record books as the most-decorated runner in program history with 14 total All-American awards – three in cross country, five in indoor track and field and six in outdoor track and field.

“Adam, Jon and Leah each embodied our goal of athletic and academic excellence,” said Jeff Eisen, who retired as UMO’s vice president of athletics on Dec. 31. “As former teammates, it is fitting to bestow this special honor on them at the same time.”

Pinter is top scholar

GREENVILLE, S.C. – University of Mount Olive’s Jasmine Pinter has been named the Conference Carolinas fall scholar athlete of the year for women’s soccer.

A criminal justice major from Baltimore, Pinter has a 3.95 grade-point average (GPA) and had a repeat banner year for the Trojans. The senior scored 17 points (seven goals, three assists) and helped lead UMO to its second NCAA tournament appearance in program history.

Lora named head coach

Carlos Lora has been named the new men’s and women’s head tennis coach at the University of Mount Olive.

A former collegiate player at Averett University in Virginia, Lora succeeds Kevin Coghill, who morphed the Trojans into one of the southeast region and nation’s elite tennis programs.

“I want to thank Mr. [Jeff] Eisen and all of the University of Mount Olive community for this great opportunity to be able to lead both the men’s and women’s tennis programs at UMO,” said Lora, who served as the women’s assistant coach at Purdue University.

“Both of these programs have had a high reputation of having a culture of excellence over the past several years and I am excited to have the opportunity to work with a great group of men and women.”

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