Nate joined the Emmanuel College staff during the summer of 2014 and immediately hit the ground running, casting his vision for Emmanuel College athletics as Emmanuel College’s sixth Director of Athletics. In that short time, the athletic department has seen a dramatic boost in enrollment from approximately 350 student-athletes to 568 student-athletes in the Fall of 2017, while more than doubling the total net revenue contributed to the institutional budget by the athletic department. Part of the enrollment boom came with the addition of men's and women's wrestling at Emmanuel College in 2014-2015, a process already familiar to Nate.
Under Nate’s leadership, there has also been a continual and successful effort by Nate and his staff to increase student-athlete graduation rates from 29.5% to 54%. The prospective high school GPA and test scores of incoming student-athletes has also steadily increased since Moorman’s arrival. The student-athlete GPA is at its peak for the last 5 years, and more recently had the largest numbers of Conference Carolina’s presidential honor roll students with 334 student-athlete having a 3.2 or higher GPA. The athletic department has also proudly had over 125 National Academic honors or Academic All-American honors earned by student-athletes since the implementation of the Athletic Academic Success plan in 2014.
The focus of Nate and his staff on the development of great coaches and the recruitment of high quality athletes has played a major factor in the competitive success of the athletic department. Since 2014 Emmanuel Lions have won 4 National championships including two NCCAA DI Men's Basketball Championships and two NCWA Men's Wrestling National Championships. Men’s Soccer and Women’s Basketball have both reached National Championship games finishing NCCAA National Runner-up. Several Emmanuel College team’s have broken program records each year since Moorman began his tenure as AD. Collectively, over 115 student-athletes have been named All-Americans in just three short years.
The department has also maintained a consistent and collective effort to serve the local community. The department has completed over 50 community service/outreach projects the past three years. “We firmly believe that as administrators, it’s our obligation to provide our student-athletes the best experience possible, which starts with making sure we have well trained and passionate coaches. We take a lot of pride in the quality of coaches we have at Emmanuel and their commitment to developing young student-athletes into difference makers after they graduate”.
The athletic department has seen the addition of fourteen full-time staff positions under Nate’s leadership, including the addition of a fulltime Assistant AD of Academic Success and fulltime Sports Information Director. Athletic Facilities have seen a continued steady improvement including a remodel of the old gymnatorium into the new wrestling complex, resurfacing of the tennis courts, addition of new score boards, the addition of press boxes at Baseball and Softball, and the installation of an indoor golf simulator. “No facility improvement on this campus would be possible without the very hard work and effort of our coaching staff to raise all the necessary money to do so. Their efforts coupled with the parent and alumni’s belief in Emmanuel athletics is the sole reason progress for improvement has continued to be made.” stated Moorman.
Nate has also led the athletic department through the membership process to NCAA DII, a process that began in 2013. Since his arrival in 2014, the athletic department has managed to successfully navigate through the membership process. Emmanuel is currently completing an additional provisional year prior to full membership.
When asked about his experience at Emmanuel College to date, Nate had this to say, “Emmanuel is truly a special place made special by an amazing campus community. From the moment you step on campus the purpose of this place and those that work here can be felt. As an AD, I couldn’t imagine a better place to serve student-athletes and lead them through the journey of College athletics in a Christian environment.”
Prior to beginning his tenure as Emmanuel College's sixth Director of Athletics, Nate served as an Assistant Athletic Director and Head Men’s Wrestling coach at King University in Bristol, TN. In addition to his athletic duties at King University, Nate served as an Academic Advisor and taught several courses including spearheading an academic success course focused on preparing new students for college. Prior to King, Nate served as an assistant wrestling coach at his alma mater Carson Newman College where he competed as a college wrestler and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in History and Secondary Education and a Master’s Degree in Education.
Nate currently resides in Royston, GA with his wife Beth and his three son’s Lincoln, Bennett, and Nolan.
Nate's 2018-19 Committment
"I'm going to build deeper and more meaningful relationships with more students athletes. I will be a source of positive energy for our staff and student athletes. I'm going to take more time to show a higher appreciation for the amazing hard work our athletic staff puts in."