Lenoir-Rhyne University announced two new additions to their athletic staff in a press release on Monday.

Justin Hay joins Lenoir-Rhyne after spending five years as an assistant baseball coach and three years as the assistant director of athletics for operations at Southwest Mississippi Community College, according to the press release.

Hay will take on the role of assistant athletic director for corporate relations and will also oversee athletic facilities and game day operations, the release said. At Southwest Mississippi, Hay raised $191,000 in three years for facility improvements and increased annual fundraising 300 percent.

Additionally, Hay increased community involvement at home athletic events with the creation of the Bear Cubs Club and initiated and signed an Adidas apparel deal to increase department branding. Hay returns to the Division II level where he previously spent two years as an assistant baseball coach/assistant athletic fields supervisor at Barton College.

"Justin is a great fit for our Assistant AD for Corporate Relations position having served in a similar role at his previous institution,” Kim Pate, director of athletics for Lenoir-Rhyne, said in the press release.

“Justin has demonstrated success while spearheading a number of innovative and creative initiatives to advance their department. He is an extremely hard working individual, brings both an administrative and coaches perspective, and has great interpersonal skills that will enable him to continue to build on the foundation of success of our corporate partnership program as a key priority of our external relations strategy."  

Jenna Beauregard joins the Bears as the assistant athletic director for compliance and will also serve as the liaison to the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) as well as serving as the senior women's administrator (SWA), the release said.

"I am so excited to have Jenna Beauregard join our team, she is a rising star in the college athletic administration profession," Pate said. "Jenna has a true passion for the student-athlete experience, is extremely sharp, and I'm confident she will quickly develop our NCAA Compliance program to one of the best in DII."

Beauregard comes to Hickory from USC Aiken where she was the compliance coordinator, SWA and also provided leadership to the SAAC. Her efforts with the SAAC guided the group to the Most Improved Award for Make-A-Wish in 2018-19, the release said.

She was a significant contributor on USC Aiken's ladies soccer team and was a two-time captain and earned a pair of selections to the Peach Belt Conference All-Academic Team.

After graduating in 2016, Beauregard became an assistant soccer coach and worked her way into an administrative position shortly thereafter.

"I am excited to see our athletics administrative team take shape as we announce two outstanding additions while promoting a number of talented individuals to provide key leadership to Bears Athletics," Pate said. 

"We are so blessed to have an unbelievably dedicated and talented team of administrators who are committed to a high level of excellence and service to our coaches with an emphasis on providing an exceptional experience for our student-athletes."

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