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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

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’burg to ’berg:
keckler named head volleyball coach

Eddinger Promoted to SWA

Megan Eddinger

Muhlenberg tabbed Megan Eddinger to fill the vacant position of senior woman administrator.

Eddinger has been head coach of the Muhlenberg field hockey team since 2004, compiling a record of 59-49 and leading the Mules to the first back-to-back Centennial Conference playoff appearances in their history. A 2001 graduate of Gettysburg, Eddinger served as an assistant coach at Muhlenberg for three years before taking over the head reins.

Alexa Keckler Alexa Keckler, the coach at Centennial Conference rival Gettysburg for the last five years, is the new head volleyball coach at Muhlenberg. She replaces Jenny Warmack-Chipman, who left in March after 10 years to become head coach at St. Mary’s (Texas) University.

Keckler compiled a record of 96-55 (.636) in her five seasons at Gettysburg, including a 40-10 (.800) CC mark. The Bullets posted at least 18 wins in each of her five seasons and captured their league-best 11th CC championships in 2005. In 2008, Gettysburg was 9-1 in the CC, earning the right to host the conference playoffs.

Last year, the Bullets’ 19-9 record included a 7-3 CC mark. In Keckler’s five years as head coach, 19 Gettysburg players landed on the All-CC team, including six on the first team.

Keckler inherits a Muhlenberg team that went 11-13 and earned its first CC playoff berth in eight years in 2009. Ironically, the Mules Alexa Keckler beat Keckler’s Gettysburg squad in the final match of the regular season to qualify for the playoffs.

In addition to her volleyball duties Keckler will serve as Muhlenberg’s assistant director of recreation and teach fitness and wellness classes.

Before taking over at Gettysburg, Keckler piloted her alma mater of Smithsburg (Md.) High School to an 18-2 record in 2002 and guided Littlestown (Pa.) High School to an 18-5 mark and a district playoff appearance in 2004. In between those assignments, she served as head coach of the Tri-State FCA Volleyball Club’s 15-and-under girls team, leading that squad to a 49-25 record in 2003-04.

An all-region most valuable player and junior college All-American at Hagerstown Community College, Keckler earned her associate’s degree in 1998 before graduating from Trevecca Nazarene (Tenn.) University with a bachelor’s degree in sports and exercise science in 2000. She was a two-year letterwinner with the TNU volleyball program, earning TranSouth Athletic Conference academic honors both seasons.

She acquired a master’s degree in human performance from Frostburg State University in 2002 and also has CAP 2 coaching certification from USA Volleyball. In addition to her coaching duties, she has served as the director of the Mid-Maryland Volleyball Camp since 1996.

Keckler and her husband, Drew University men’s basketball head coach Darryl Keckler, have two daughters, Olivia, 4, and Camryn (8 months).
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