Monty Lewis has 29 years of collegiate coaching experience and 19 of those years as a Head Coach. Coach Lewis holds an overall record of 129-65 placing the 4-time KCAC Coach of the Year, near the top of the NAIA for active wins and winning percentage.
Coach Lewis has compiled a 69-33 record in 10 seasons as the Falcon's Head Coach. With 3 consecutive KCAC Championships (2006, 2007, 2008) and 3 consecutive NAIA National Playoff appearances.
Prior to coming to Friends University, Lewis led teams to KCAC Championships 3 times '97, 98 and 99' and a Wheat Bowl Title in 1996.
"I believe in family, and the accountability that goes with being part of one. The only reason to attend any College or University is to obtain a degree PERIOD. We will win a lot of football games here at Friends University but the greater goal is to graduate leaders into our community. Our fans are the best in the conference and I believe that their LOYALTY has earned them the expectation of supporting a team that plays hard physically; plays with great emotion; and plays within the rules. To this end, we are COMMITTED."
Coach Lewis and his wife Nancy, who also works at the university, have two children, a daughter Shelby who play’s volleyball for Friends University and a son Josh, currently a senior at Maize South High School.
2003-Present: Head Coach Friends University (3-KCAC Championships)
2002: West Texas A&M University - Off-Co
1993-2001: Southwestern College-Head Coach 60-32 Record (3-KCAC Championships)
1992: University of Kentucky - Assistant-LB/O-Line
1991: Colorado State University - Assistant-LB
1989-90: MacMurray College Illinois - Off-Co
1987-88: Northeastern Oklahoma State University-Assistant-LB/WR (O.I.C Champions)
1986: Ft. Hays State University - Assistant - LB
1985: Southwestern College - Assistant - O-Line (KCAC Champions)
Defensive Coordinator/Recruiting Coordinator
Coach Matt Welch completed his tenth season at Friends University and his 28th season overall in college football.
The Falcon "D" has enjoyed a great deal of success, under his direction, which deservingly brought Coach Welch the KCAC Assistant Coach of the Year award again in 2009.
For the fourth year in a row, the Falcon Defensive unit finished #1 in the conference and is consistently recognized as one of the top rated Defenses in the country. The Falcons finished the 2009 season with the #2 ranked Defense in the NAIA.
"At our level, from the recruitment of the athletes to coaching the game itself and witnessing the success of our student athletes on and off the field is very gratifying for me personally".
Coach Welch has been part of 10 Championships, his fierce desire to achieve success and a wealth of knowledge has earned him a great deal of respect from not only the coaches in the KCAC, but across the NAIA as well.
Coach Welch and his wife Kim have three children, daughter Kylie (18), son Dustin (20) and son Monty (23). Monty played football at Friends University and is now married to Christina (Manser) Welch who is a former All-American softball player for Friends.
2003: Present - Friends University - Def-Co/RC
2002: Winfield High School KS - Def-Co (Kansas 5A-State Playoffs)
1985-2001: Southwestern College - Def-Co (5 - KCAC Championships)
Defensive Line / Head Strength and Conditioning Coach
Defensive Secondary Coach
Head Offensive Line Coach
Wide Receiver’s Coach
Running Back’s Coach
Wide Receiver’s Coach