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University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

Mary Hardin-Baylor Crusaders
900 College Street Belton, TX 76513
Division 3 Texas South
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Brad Bankhead

Brad Bankhead has taken the UMHB men's soccer team to unprecented heights during his tenure in Belton. He guided the Cru to a 16-4-1 overall record and an 8-2-1 mark in ASC play last season. UMHB has won back-to-back ASC Championships under Bankhead and UMHB also claimed the ASC regular season title in 2009. UMHB advanced to the Second Round of the NCAA Division III National Championships last season, to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division III National Championships in 2017 and also earned an NCAA postseason berth in 2009. Bankhead was voted ASC Men's Soccer Coach of the Year following the 2017 campaign. The Cru men also advanced to the ASC Tournament Championship match in 2009 and played Hardin-Simmons to a 0-0 tie before the Cowboys advanced on penalty kicks. Bankhead has an overall record of 139-75-22 in his 13 seasons with the Cru and has guided the UMHB men to 11 ASC Championship Tournament berths.


Bankhead came to UMHB from Abilene High School, where he spent four years as head boy's soccer coach. Bankhead compiled a 57-33-9 record with the Eagles. Bankhead guided AHS to the District 3-5A Championship in 2005 and won district Coach of the Year honors. He also spent one season working with the Hardin-Simmons University women's soccer program as a volunteer assistant coach. The Cowgirls finished 20-2 overall, won the American Southwest Conference championship and advanced to the Second Round of the NCAA Division III National Championships. Bankhead spent one season as an assistant men's soccer coach at Cumberland College in Kentucky and served as a volunteer assistant for the Hardin-Simmons men's soccer team in 2000. Bankhead holds an Advanced National Diploma and a National Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.


Bankhead is a 2000 graduate of Hardin-Simmons University and he was a four-year letterman for the Cowboys soccer team. Bankhead was a three-time All-ASC selection and played for two ASC Championship teams at HSU. He also spent one summer playing for the Colorado Springs Stampede in the Professional Development League. Bankhead and his wife, Shannon, have three children: Mallory, Morgan and Max.

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Ben Allen

Ben Allen became the first full-time assistant coach in the history of the UMHB men's soccer program in June of 2015. In addition to his assistant coaching duties, Allen also serves as the head coach of the UMHB men's soccer reserve squad.


Allen was promoted to full-time assistant coach after spending the 2014 season as a graduate assistant coach. He helped guide the Cru to an 8-7-3 overall mark and the Semifinals of the American Southwest Conference Tournament that year. Allen also spent three years as the Youth Minister at First United Methodist Church in Temple before returning to UMHB.


Allen was a four-year letterman as a midfielder for the Cru men's soccer team and he was an Academic All-ASC selection. He was a part of the 2009 UMHB team that won the ASC regular season title and became the first Cru men's soccer team to advance to the NCAA Division III National Championships. Allen graduated in May of 2012 from UMHB with a degree in education and completed a Master's Degree in Sports Administration at UMHB. Allen is married to Britney and is a native of Burleson. The couple has one child.

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