New Hires

DATE: APRIL 26, 2021


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – University of Fort Lauderdale (UFTL) Vice President of Athletics and Student Success Ernest T. Jones announced five additions to the Eagles’ athletics staff on Monday, including Jonathan Carter, William Glessner, Chris Maple, Edil Pavon, and Kiesha Stevens.

Carter has been named head coach of UFTL’s men’s and women’s track & field programs. He brings over 20 years coaching high school and college track & field to UFTL. Carter most recentlyserved as the head coach of Charles W. Flanagan High School’s cross country and track and field programs. During his tenure coaching West Pembroke Pines Optimist, Carter developed multiple championship medalists and AAU national champions. He came to Flanagan following successful collegiate coaching stints at FIU and Long Island University. Carter earned his bachelor’s degree from Florida State University.

Glessner was named head baseball coach at UFTL. He spent six seasons leading the Pinellas Park High School baseball program prior to joining the Eagles. Glessner was also an assistant coach at his alma mater, NAIA powerhouse Southeastern University (SEU), for three seasons. Glessner was a four-year baseball letter winner at SEU and served as the team captain during his junior and senior years with the nationally ranked Fire. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Psychology and Education, respectively, from Southeastern University.

Maple, who served as Assistant Athletics Director for Communications at Northwestern Oklahoma State University (NWOSU), will be the new Sports Information Director at UFTL. He
managed local, state and national coverage of Northwestern Oklahoma State’s 14 varsity sports and led the Rangers’ social, video and digital coverage. Maple spent a year at Oklahoma City University as the Assistant Sports Information Director prior to joining NWOSU. He received his bachelor’s degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University and is pursuing a master’s degree from Southern New Hampshire University.

Pavon will be UFTL’s Head Men’s Soccer Coach. He joins the Eagles after serving four years in the same position at Florida Memorial University. Pavon has over 10 years of experience in soccer development and spent time as an Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach at St. Thomas University (Fla.) in addition to assisting the Honduras U20 National Team, a CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football) U20 qualifier. Pavon has extensive ties to the South Florida area having coached at La Salle High School and at various youth leagues and clinics.

Stevens was named UFTL’s Head Women’s Basketball Coach. She was an Assistant Basketball Coach at Florida Memoria University for three seasons and began her coaching career at Somerset Academy Miramar High School. Stevens also served as the Athletic Director at Somerset Academy Central Miramar where she was responsible for ensuring compliance with FHSAA, district, and school regulations. She earned her B.S. in Business Finance from Florida Memorial University and master’s degrees from Florida Memorial University (MBA) and Nova Southeastern University (Educational Leadership), respectively.


DATE: MARCH 29, 2021


University of Fort Lauderdale (UFTL) Vice President of Athletics and Student Success Ernest T. Jones announced four staff additions Monday, as Rachel Steinbarger, Vida Hargrett, Venisha Lee and Ladicia Henfield are joining the Department of Athletics staff.
Steinbarger holds the Assistant AD/SWA title while Hargrett and Lee were named the Head Cheerleading and Women’s Flag Football Coaches, respectively. Henfield joins the Eagles as Executive Assistant to the VP.
“We’ve got a lot of very important work ahead of us as we chart a new course for UFTL Athletics,” Jones said. “I’ve been thoughtful and strategic about each of these new additions to our staff, and I’m confident that their collective knowledge and experiences will boost our ability to operate with maximum efficiency. There are a lot of talented people and outstanding things happening here at the University of Fort Lauderdale, while there are clearly some areas that need restoration. We’re going to modernize our approach and be forward thinking in our daily efforts to provide championship opportunities for our student-athletes, and these hires will help us build our bright future.”  

Rachel Steinbarger – Assistant AD/SWA
Prior to her hiring at UFTL, Steinbarger served as the Title IX Coordinator and Compliance/Eligibility Officer for Madonna University athletics as the Senior Woman Administrator dating to 2017. She also served as head women’s basketball coach for the Crusaders.
A native of Columbus, Indiana, Steinbarger was Madonna’s game day administrator for home events and helped with the development of the new complex (PAAAC)-performing arts athletic academic complex. She received her bachelor’s degree from Indiana Wesleyan University and her master’s degree from Liberty University.

Vida Hargrett – Head Cheerleading Coach
Hargrett enters her first season as head cheerleading coach at UFTL after serving in the same capacity at Gulliver Prep for the past season. She comes to University of Fort Lauderdale with 17 years of coaching experience at the high school and college level. Hargrett is the reigning Mrs. South Florida America 2020 and is a graduate of Florida A&M University.

Venisha Lee – Head Women’s Flag Football Coach
Lee brings nine years of experience in athletics management and coaching to the Eagles and looks to make history as the inaugural head coach of the Women’s Flag Football program at UFTL. Before joining the Eagles, Lee coached boys and girls flag football at CSUSA and Florida State University School (Florida High), respectively. The Hollywood, Florida, native graduated from Florida A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in physical education.

Ladicia Henfield – Executive Assistant to the VP
Henfield joins the University of Fort Lauderdale from Dade County Federal Credit Union where she spent nearly two years as the Head Teller. She was an administrative assistant with ULS Investment prior to her tenure at Dade County Federal Credit Union. Henfield is a graduate of Keiser University and received her B.S. in business and sports management while competing as a student-athlete on the women’s track & field team.