KCU & You
KCU & YOU will feature announcements, introductions of new professors and staff, new programs and degrees, as well as obituaries of KCU alumni and personnel and student news. This is the place to come to for press releases and news that is relevant to KCU alumni and friends.
Chris Hensley Will Helm Our New Baseball Program
It has been 23 years since Kentucky Christian University has fielded a varsity-level baseball team and we are pleased to announce that the wait is over. Beginning with the 2017-18 academic year, KCU will once again take to the diamond. Chris Hensley has been hired to revive the program. Hensley, an Ashland, KY native, is a KCU graduate (’88) and 3-year starter for the Knights during his years on campus. If the name “Hensley” sounds familiar to those acquainted with KCU baseball, Chris’ father, Dale, served as head coach during the 1980’s and led the team to many of their most successful seasons.
President Jeff Metcalf had this to say, “The re-introduction of baseball as an intercollegiate sport has been on the strategic plan for some time and it is so very gratifying that we have a coach such as Chris Hensley to lead this important program. Coach Hensley, as an alum and former student athlete at KCU, knows the college intimately and shares a passion for using athletics to develop the personal, physical, and spiritual lives of students. Coach Hensley’s aggressive plan for developing the program, including an on-campus playing facility, is already being set into motion and his enthusiasm is infectious.”
Dr. Metcalf continued, “Not many people realize that KCU was fielding baseball teams as far back as the 1920s! Although the history of baseball at KCU has included times of dormancy, we are excited to see the program resurrected and under the capable leadership of Coach Hensley.”
Chris and his wife of 27 years, Terri, have two children. Heath is a Russell High School graduate and junior at the University of Charleston (WV) and Laurel, is a sophomore at Russell. The family attends Bridges Christian Church.
Click HERE to view an interview with Coach Hensley!
Meet Our New Head Football Coach
After a competitive search, KCU has named their new football coach. Corey Fipps comes by way of an impactful coaching career as well as an impressive playing career as an offensive tackle at Harding University. Most recently, Coach Fipps spent two seasons as the Offensive Coordinator at NCAA Division II Missouri Southern State University. He will begin coaching duties at KCU effective immediately.
Athletic Director Bruce Dixon had this to say about Fipps, “In Coach Fipps, we’ve found an exceptional football coach with a great IQ for the game, but more importantly, he is a man of unquestioned faith. He will be an amazing leader spiritually, which for our University is first and foremost. We are very happy to add Coach Fipps to the KCU Family.”
Fipps has coached an array of talented young athletes at schools such as the aforementioned Missouri Southern State University, Bellhaven University in Mississippi, Montana Tech, Faulkner University, and even his alma mater NCAA Division II Harding University. The athletes he has molded over the years have obtained numerous accolades, a pattern he hopes to continue at Kentucky Christian University.
KCU President Dr. Jeff Metcalf said, “Given the unique Christ-centered character and mission of KCU, our search for a new head football coach involved much more than prospective coaches’ ability to field winning teams. Many of the scores of applicants, some with NFL experience, had impressive resumes with regard to the Xs and Os of coaching but Coach Fipps was quickly identified as a candidate we wanted to pursue because of his unique blend of Christian leadership and coaching acumen. The KCU campus community is very excited to welcome Coach Fipps and his family!”
KCU’S NEW MSN-APRN PROGRAM
- Online MSN-APRN (Nurse Practitioner) Program
- Complete clinical hours in home community
- Accepting priority applications for alumni beginning January 1
- No campus visits required
- Tuition discount for alumni
- Competitive tuition
For more information about the MSN-APRN program, contact Carol Brickey at 606-474-3020 or firstname.lastname@example.org.