Belhaven Alum to Play in Super Bowl XLVII

In 2000 Tramaine Brock changed out his Belhaven football uniform for one of the San Francisco 49rs.  He’s had a great three year career in the NFL thus far.  And today, reached a high point with a win over the Atlanta Falcons to earn the opportunity to play in Super Bowl XLVII.

He is the second team cornerback playing behind #22 Carlos Rogers, an 8 year veteran of the NFL, and Pro Bowl cornerback.

Tramaine wore #1 for us, and wears #26 for San Francisco.  He’s easy to find during a game because he is nearly always the fastest player down field to cover kickoffs and punts.

We’re proud of you Tramaine – Belhaven Blazers are going to the Super Bowl

Brian McMahon Named Men’s Soccer Coach of the Year!

Wow, this is a icing on the cake for this great year in men’s soccer at Belhaven!

Congratulations Coach . . . we’re proud of you and proud you’re a Blazer.

Here is the story:

Head Coach Brian McMahon of the Belhaven men’s soccer team has been named the 2012 Field Turf National Soccer Coaches Association of America/NAIA National Coach of Year following a memorable 2012 season.

McMahon, who just completed his first season at Belhaven, led the Blazers to the 2012 NAIA National Championship and a 19-4-1 record. The Blazers rode home from Montgomery, Alabama following a 2-0 win over the University of Mobile with the programs second national title and just the third national title of any sport in school history. To make it even more special, this year’s championship took place during the 20th anniversary season of the last national championship team which was the 1992 men’s soccer team.

McMahon’s team faced some of the toughest competition in all of the NAIA throughout the course of the season. “We ended up beating six of the top ten teams in the final NAIA Top 25 Poll throughout the course of the season,” said McMahon. ““We played 16 teams in the top 25 throughout the course of the season so our guys were definitely battled tested and we saw and were exposed to a lot of very good teams through the course of the season. I think that showed when we got to the national tournament.”

McMahon also coached three Southern States All-Conference players and had two players earn NAIA All-American Honors. Junior forward Will Monsour was an NAIA Third Team All-American while senior defender Tom Cosgrave was an Honorable Mention All-American.

The complete list and bios of all the NSCAA National Coaches of the Year can be viewed by clicking here.

National Championship Celebration

We have several events planned to celebrate our Men’s Soccer team winning the National Championship.

Tuesday, December 3, 9:00 pm – National Championship Campus Celebration with free pizza in the Auxiliary Gym at 9:00 pm and the Celebration Event at 9:30 pm in Rugg Arena.  All students, faculty, staff, alumni, and families of the players and coaches are invited to this “welcome home” event.

Tuesday, January 15, 11:00 am – Presentation of our National Championship team and trophy during the opening of our first chapel of the spring semester.

TBD, Spring – Presentation to team members and coaches.

THIS IS IT – National Championship Game

Our Belhaven Men’s Soccer Team won the semi-final game yesterday with a goal with only 23 seconds to play. Not only did they beat the #1 ranked team, they did not let them score – the first time Lindsey Wilson University has been shut out in many years.

Congratulations to Head Coach Brian McMahon and this remarkable team. They play for the national championship at 3pm today against The University of Mobile.

In 1992 Belhaven won the national championship and members of that team of 20 years ago are the biggest fans of this 2012 team.

Below is a video of the winning goal, followed by a video of the campus celebration of those watching the game live in Barber Auditorium.

Men’s Soccer Advances to Quarter Finals of the National Tournament

Our men’s soccer team won today 2-1, and now moves on to the quarter finals in the national tournament.

We play tomorrow at 11 am against Hannibal-LaGrange College who have pulled off two upsets in the first two rounds of the tournament – they defeated 13th seed Missouri Valley 1-0 in the opening round and toppled 4th seed Rio Grande 2-1 in double overtime on Monday.

Belhaven was seeded 12th in the tournament.

You can follow live game stats HERE at 11am tomorrow.

Go Blazers!

Big Week for Men’s Soccer

This week our Men’s soccer team takes their 15-4-1 record into the national tournament. This will be our third consecutive year to advance to the national tournament round of 16.

Playing at home a week ago, we won the opening round 5-0 victory over Tennessee Wesleyan.  The four final rounds of the national tournament begin tomorrow in Montgomery, Alabama.

TUESDAY – we play The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma at 11am.  Our web site will have details about how to follow the game or watch it.

WEDNESDAY – if we advance to the quarter finals we will play Wednesday at 11am against either Rio Grande University (Ohio) or Hanible-LaGrange University (Missouri).

FRIDAY and SATURDAY – the Semifinals will be played Friday at noon, and the national championship game will be played Saturday at 3 pm.

This team has had a remarkable season, and we are proud of them playing at the highest levels with the best teams in the nation.

Congratulations to head coach, Brian McMahon, and this talented team.

Go Blazers!