Athletics: Field Hockey
Head Coach Megan Eddinger
In her first nine seasons as head coach, Megan Eddinger has led the Muhlenberg field hockey team to a 75-82 record and the first back-to-back Centennial Conference playoff appearances in program history.
In 2006, Muhlenberg qualified for the CC playoffs for the first time in six years and earned its first postseason win since 1992. The Mules returned to the playoffs the following season. In 2012, Muhlenberg received votes in the national Division III poll after its 4-1 start and upset of No. 9 Montclair State.
The 75 wins rank Eddinger third on the program's all-time list and are the most by a 'Berg coach in the last two decades.
Eddinger, who also is senior woman administrator at Muhlenberg, served as assistant coach for three years before taking over the head reins, helping the Mules to a 34-21 record. The team was ranked as high as seventh in Division III in 2003, a year after tying a school record with 14 wins. Overall, in 12 seasons as a head and assistant coach, Eddinger has guided Muhlenberg to a 109-103 record.
Eddinger is a 2001 graduate of Gettysburg College, where she was a captain and four-year starter on the field hockey team that won three Centennial Conference championships and played in the NCAA Tournament in 1998 and 1999. An All-Centennial Conference selection all four years, she also was named to the All-South Region second team in 1999.
Eddinger spends the offseason coaching with the US Field Hockey Futures program. She also coached a USA Athletes International team in Barbados for two years.
Assistant Coach Rhonwen Peters
Rhonwen Peters joined the Muhlenberg staff for the 2011 season after an outstanding career at American International College. Peters played in 78 games in her four years, recording career totals of 6 goals and 12 assists. In 2010, she started all 22 games and served as team co-captain for a Yellow Jacket squad that was ranked as high as seventh in Division II, won a school-record 14 games and received a bid to the NCAA Tournament. Peters has played under two former Mule assistants - Briana Banks at Palmerton Area High School and Stacey Blue at American International.
Assistant Coach Jennifer Bodnar
Jennifer Bodnar, a former award-winning high school coach, is in her first season as an assistant with the Mules. Bodnar served as the head coach at nearby Whitehall High School for six seasons and compiled a 70-47-7 record. She coached her team to a LVIAC and District 11 runner-up finish and to the state quarterfinals in 2011, when she was named area coach of the year. Bodnar played four seasons - two in Division II and two in Division I - at Lock Haven University, serving as team captain as a senior. She works full-time as a health and physical education teacher in the Whitehall-Coplay School District.