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Monty Lewis enters the 2014 season with 30 years of collegiate coaching experience, with 19 of those coming as a head coach. Lewis is 137-68 overall, and 77-36 while leading the Falcons to three consecutive KCAC Championships and NAIA National Playoff appearances (2006, 2007, 2008).
Prior to coming to Friends University, Lewis led teams to KCAC Championships three straight times (1997, 1998, 1999) and a Wheat Bowl Title (1996).
Coach Lewis ranks #5 in wins by active coaches in the NAIA.
"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 who are student-athletes at Friends - daughter Shelby who plays volleyball, and son Josh who plays football.
2003-Present: Friends University - Head Coach (3-KCAC Championships)
2002: West Texas A&M University - Offensive Coordinator
1993-2001: Southwestern College - Head Coach 60-32 Record (3-KCAC Championships)
1992: University of Kentucky - Assistant- Linebacker's/Offensive Line
1991: Colorado State University - Assistant - Linebacker's
1989-90: MacMurray College Illinois - Offensive Coordinator
1987-88: Northeastern Oklahoma State University - Assistant - Linebacker's/Wide Receiver's (O.I.C Champions)
1986: Ft. Hays State University - Assistant - Linebacker's
1985: Southwestern College - Assistant - Offensive Line (KCAC Champions)
Defensive Coordinator/Recruiting Coordinator
Coach Matt Welch enters his 12th season at Friends University and his 28th season overall in college football, having been a part of 10 championships.
The Falcon defense has enjoyed a great deal of success under his direction which deservedly brought Coach Welch KCAC Assistant Coach of the Year awards in 2006 and 2009.
For the fifth 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's 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 (19), son Dustin (21) and son Monty (24). 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 - Defensive Coordinator/Recruiting Coordinator
2002: Winfield High School KS - Defensive Coordinator (Kansas 5A-State Playoffs)
1985-2001: Southwestern College - Defensive Coordinator (5 KCAC Championships)
Defensive Line / Head Strength and Conditioning Coach
Head Offensive Line Coach
Running Back’s Coach
Defensive Secondary Coach
Wide Receiver’s Coach