Comings and Goings

Biniam Afenegus has been hired as head coach of the university’s men’s soccer program. He arrives from Southern Oregon University, where, in 2017, he coached the Raiders to a 14-7-1 record – and a Cascade Collegiate Conference-best 11-1-1 mark – in leading the team to its first appearance in the NAIA playoffs. The accomplishment came only three seasons into his tenure at Southern Oregon, which launched men’s soccer in 2015. His squad went 10-8 in its first season and 11-3-3 in its second before capturing a conference title and making the postseason last fall. Prior to coaching at Southern Oregon, Biniam spent eight seasons in the same role at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington, where he amassed a 123-27-16 record, won one Northwest Athletic Conference championship, and claimed five NWAC South Region titles. He was the NWAC South Coach of the Year five times and the NWAC Coach of the Year twice. As a player at Concordia University in Portland, he earned NAIA first-team all-region honors in 1998 before receiving a bachelor’s degree in physical education. He also obtained a master’s degree in education with an emphasis in physical education from Concordia. A native of Eritrea, Africa, he moved with his family to Spokane, Washington, when he was a child. He and his wife, Irene, have three children: Ahmon, Cierra and Elijah.

Corwynn Beals (Christian Studies) has left the university.

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