Athletics: Women's Basketball
Head Coach Ron Rohn
Ron Rohn has led the Muhlenberg College women's basketball team to an outstanding record of 244-82 (.748) in his first 12 seasons, including five Centennial Conference titles the last eight years.
He became only the third coach in the College's athletic history to reach 100 wins in fewer than 150 games with a 74-47 victory against Swarthmore in December 2006. On February 19, 2011, he baecame the fastest Muhlenberg coach to 200 wins, reaching the milestone in his 266th game with a 67-61 win against Ursinus.
Rohn has coached the Mules to many program milestones, including their first national top-10 ranking and 20-win season in 2001-02, a school- and CC-record 26 wins in both 2005-06 and 2008-09, their first All-Americans, their first Jostens Trophy (Division III player of the year) finalist, their first appearances in the Division III “Sweet 16” in 2008-09 and 2010-11 and their first at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament in 2009-10.
Twice in the last eight years, Rohn was named Mid-Atlantic Region coach of the year (2006 and 2009). In the latter year, Muhlenberg became the first team in CC history to go undefeated
The Mules have qualified for postseason play in all but one of Rohn's 12 seasons and have an excellent postseason record of 17-12 (.586), including a 9-2 mark in the last six CC playoff tournaments.
Rohn has shown an ability to successfully adapt the team's style to the strength of its personnel, transforming a 19-win team that led all NCAA divisions in scoring (90.8 points per game) in 2004 to one that won a school- and CC-record 26 games while ranking in the top 25 in two defensive categories two years later.
Rohn came to Muhlenberg with 21 years of Division I coaching experience, including nine as head coach. During that time, his teams made two NCAA Tournament appearances, won three conference championships and advanced to the conference semifinals nine times.
For the previous six seasons, Rohn was head coach at Colgate University. In his last two years, Rohn led the Red Raiders to their most wins in 10 seasons (13 in 1999-2000) and their first-ever back-to-back appearances in the Patriot League semifinals. In 1995-96, Rohn's first season as head coach, Colgate came within one win of an NCAA Tournament berth.
A 1982 graduate of Fordham University, Rohn spent three seasons as head coach at Hofstra University from 1991 to 1993. Inheriting a 2-25 team, he guided Hofstra to the East Coast Conference Tournament finals in his first season. Prior to his stint at Hofstra, Rohn was an assistant coach for five years at Manhattan College and three years at Lafayette College, playing an instrumental role in three conference championship teams.
Rohn, who also was head coach of Muhlenberg's 2007 Centennial Conference champion women's golf team, began his coaching career as an undergraduate assistant at nationally ranked Fordham.
Assistant Coach Steve Penuel
Steve Penuel is in his 12th season as an assistant coach for the Mules. He works with both the post players and the guards. Penuel has more than 20 years of coaching experience. Prior to Muhlenberg, he spent the last four seasons coaching the junior varsity girls' basketball team at nearby Salisbury High School. Previously, he coached youth soccer in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and coached boys' baseball and basketball for over 10 years in his hometown of Pitman, N.J.
A 1975 graduate of Ursinus College, Penuel received the NCAA Medal of Valor and a commendation from President Nixon after he helped rescue people from a burning building while on a basketball trip.
Assistant Coach Mary Beth Bedics
Mary Beth Bedics joined the Muhlenberg coaching staff for the 2005-06 season. She works with the guards on their ballhandling and defense.
A former Division I player at nearby Lehigh University, Bedics was the head varsity girls' basketball coach at Salisbury High School from 1997 to 2002. She also worked in the Athletic Office and Ticket Office at her alma mater while working on her master's degree.
Bedics, who served as a team captain and won the Coaches' Choice Award as a senior at Lehigh, is a second-grade teacher at Harry S Truman Elementary School.
Assistant Coach Brittany Thomas
Brittany Thomas is in her first season as an assistant coach with the Mules. She also serves the Muhlenberg Athletic Department as NCAA compliance/recruiting assistant.
Thomas scored nearly 1,500 points at nearby Catasauqua High School before going on to play for Division II East Stroudsburg. She graduated in 2008 with a degree in sport management and served as an event operations graduate assistant the following year while earning her master’s.
Before coming to Muhlenberg, Thomas was JV and assistant varsity girls’ basketball coach at Catasauqua High School for three years. She also is an instructional assistant at Southern Lehigh High School.