A message from Director of Athletics, Craig McPhail


Dear Fan, Student-Athlete, Parent, Recruit or Donor:

Welcome to our website as well as our athletic department. I am the Vice President of Athletics at Lees-McRae College, and I have seen the college from a variety of positions. In July of 1998, I came to Banner Elk, NC as the Sports Information Director as well as the head cross-country coach, and as the years passed my roles have expanded to my current title.

It is a privilege to represent so many different people, coaches, student-athletes, alumni and anyone who has ever been associated with this special place in the mountains. I am looking forward to helping further the development of the athletic department and those who enter its halls.

We will have over 300 student-athletes wear the green and gold uniforms this year, participating in 19 sports. We proudly watch as they strive for excellence both in and out of the classroom.

As a department, we are a close knit group of caring, understanding young men and women committed to making the collegiate student-athlete experience a great one. This is the greatest time in a young person’s life as they get a chance to expand their horizons while prepping for the real world.

I can assure you the coaching staff, athletic training staff and administrative staff here in the athletic department will do everything they can to develop your talents, guide you through life, and help give you the tools necessary to be a success. We want you engaged and involved not only on campus, but in the community. Building roots while you are here, will give you the best chance for success.

Banner Elk and Lees-McRae College have been good to me over the years, and I hope you will find our safe, calm and natural environment as appealing. 

This is a special and unique place.

As our teams compete in Conference Carolinas, USA Cycling and the US Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association, we hope you will follow their progress. Whether a prospective student-athlete, alum, a fan, or a family member, we appreciate you taking the time to check out our site. We hope you like what you see. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and our photo galleries, live video, etc., we have something for everyone to enjoy.
Thank you for visiting with us.