Bluefield University in the News

WHO WILL BE THE NEXT COACH MULLIE LENOIR?

by | Jun 14, 2010

Original content from "Lighthouse on the Hill: The Bluefield College Story" by Rev. David M. Armbrister

B.E. “Mullie” Lenoir became the head coach for football at Bluefield College in 1929, and while the school had enjoyed a measure of success in its sports previously, that success would be nothing like what lay ahead under Coach Lenoir.

The new leader was an All-American in football at the University of Alabama and played, with success, other sports there. He spent a brief period playing semi-pro football, but left that after deciding he wanted to coach. He spent three years coaching at Georgetown College, leading its football team to an 18-2 record, losing only to Vanderbilt and the University of Tennessee.

During his 11 years at Bluefield College, 1929-1940, the football team won 79 games, lost 18, and tied two. The team was champion of the Southeastern Conference of Junior Colleges four of Coach Lenoir’s first five years. In 1933, the team went undefeated, 9-0, behind the sensational backfield star Pete Young.

Jim Dudley, who played football under Coach Lenoir, declared that junior colleges did not want to play Bluefield, and four-year schools hesitated about putting the college on their schedules lest they lose. He added that the coach loved the game and knew it, and he loved the boys who played for him.

What was it about Coach Lenoir that brought such success to football at BC? Local sportswriter Stubby Currence described him as a “tough taskmaster” who would not tolerate laziness. He said Coach Lenoir knew how to get football players, and that, under his guidance, these players saw a man who lived by a high moral code. His integrity could not have been questioned, nor was it. His expectations for his players were to emulate him.

Apparently the Mercer County Board of Education sought to entice Coach Lenoir to accept the coaching job at Beaver High School in Bluefield, West Virginia. He did not accept. In fact, he turned down many other offers, as well.

Dr. J. Taylor Stinson, president of the college at the time of Coach Lenoir’s reign, spoke highly of the coach, stating “Mr. LeNoir is a fine, upstanding Christian gentleman, and I have no man on the campus who has a finer influence over the men than he.”

Bluefield College was forced to abandon its football program after the 1941 season because of the loss of most male student-athletes to duty in World War II. But, when the school announced June 4, 2010 that the sport would be returning to campus after a nearly 70-year absence, alumni and supporter alike couldn’t help but think back and ask, “Who will be the next Coach Mullie Lenoir?”

Bluefield University

[email protected]276.326.4212

Do I only apply once?

  • No. Students must apply each academic year for the fall semester and submit the necessary documents.

Do I have to take the classes specified in the Associate's Degree tracks as they are listed on the information sheet?

  • No. Students may take any of the courses that are offered in a given term.

Where do I find the textbook listing, and where do I purchase the books?

  • Log in to myBU, and under the "Student" tab, you will find a list of the textbooks required (if any) for each course. Students are responsible for purchasing their own textbooks.

How long is a semester?

  • Our semesters are divided into two 8-week terms.

Is there an orientation?

  • Yes. Students can attend an orientation session that explains how to access courses, how to register for classes, and answers other questions.

Where can I find a course description?

Does the student need to take the SAT or ACT in order to take Dual Enrollment classes?

  • No. If a student decides to study at BU full time, BU is currently test-optional for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.

Are the classes live? Do students need to log in and participate at certain times?

  • Classes are offered online, so a student can log-on and study at their convenience and their own pace. Students have assignments due each week; you can complete your assignments at any point in time before the deadline.

Does an Early College student need to come to campus for anything?

  • No. However, we would love to have you visit our campus if you are interested in continuing with traditional on-campus study. Students who complete their associate's degree have the option to walk at our commencement ceremony.

Are Early College students able to receive Financial Aid?

  • No. However, Early College courses are very affordable compared to other options. The cost for an online Dual Enrollment course is $100 per credit hour.

How do transferring credits work?

  • Each College or University completes a transcript review in order to decide which courses transfer. Sticking to general education classes generally makes transferring credits simple. All Early College courses at Bluefield University are general education classes that should transfer to another accredited institution.

Is an Early College student considered, and treated, as a transfer student when they become a full-time college student if they have earned enough credits to be a Junior?

  • No. Since they have not graduated from high school, they are considered a first-time college student regardless of how many credits transfer. However, by transferring credits when they enroll as a full-time student, they will have to take fewer classes to receive their bachelor's degree, which shortens the length of time to earn the degree.

Can I speak to someone if I have more questions?

  • Yes. Please contact the Office of Admissions by email or you can call them at 276.326.4231

 

Meet our core Counseling faculty

Dr. Challen Mabry

Assistant Professor of Counseling

Dr. Kristen Moran

Associate Professor of Counseling

Brandy Smith

Assistant Professor of Education & Counseling,
Director of the Master of Arts in Counseling Program,
Title IX Confidential Counselor