In the fall 2016 edition of Sports Shorts, read more about several new coaches who have joined SU. Also learn more about Megan Lundy '16, our ninth student-athlete to earn an NCAA post-graduate scholarship. For the most up-to-date sports, visit shipraiders.com.
Nicole Miller (top) was hired in July and enters her first season as SU’s head women’s lacrosse coach in 2017. Miller arrived at SU after spending the 2014 and 2015 seasons as an assistant coach to Jen Muston at nearby York College. As a collegiate athlete, Miller excelled as a four-year starter in the midfield at East Stroudsburg University, totaling 107 goals to rank among the top fifteen scorers in Warriors history. A native of Pottstown, Miller graduated from East Stroudsburg in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in public health and a minor in community health. Jenny Wirth (bottom), a 2014 Edinboro graduate, will serve as the assistant coach. Wirth is an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and a USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach (USAW-L1SP).
Emily Maerz was hired in August and starts her first season as SU’s head women’s tennis coach in 2016-17. Maerz, a member of the Professional Tennis Registry, arrived at SU after spending two seasons as the head women’s tennis coach at Hood College, a Division III program in Frederick, Maryland. At Hood, both of Maerz’s squads reached the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Commonwealth semifinals. As a player, Maerz finished third all-time at Hood with forty-five singles wins, forty-three doubles victories, and eighty-eight total wins from 2009-13. Her thirty-six career victories at No. 1 singles remain Hood’s school record. Maerz graduated from Hood with a degree in political science in 2013.
Dave Smith was hired as the women’s basketball assistant coach in early October. Smith returns to Shippensburg after head coaching stints at West Virginia State and Bellarmine. From 1990-91 through 1997-98, Smith guided the SU women’s basketball team to a 160-69 record. Four of his teams reached the NCAA Tournament and won three PSAC Championships. In 1996, he led the Lady Raiders to the National Championship game, falling to Division II powerhouse North Dakota State. In his final season at Shippensburg in 1998, Smith once again guided the Lady Raiders to the Elite Eight of the Division II Women’s Basketball Championship Tournament.
Alison Van Scyoc was hired as the interim head softball coach in September. Van Scyoc replaces Bob Brookens, who announced his retirement after sixteen seasons as SU’s head coach. Van Scyoc has spent the past four seasons as an assistant coach with the SU softball team, providing assistance in all areas of instruction and game preparation with the Raiders while also playing an integral role with the team’s strength and conditioning efforts. She originally joined the SU staff in 2013 after completing her playing career as a four-year varsity starter with the University of Virginia. She was a three-time Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) All-Academic Team selection, and served as a team captain in her final two seasons with the Cavaliers. Van Scyoc is a Shippensburg native and is married to Craig Van Scyoc ’11, a former SU men’s basketball player who played for the Raiders from 2008-12.
TRACK AND FIELD
Megan Lundy ’16 has become the ninth SU student-athlete in history to receive an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, as the spring honorees for the distinguished award were announced in July. The NCAA awards one-time, educational grants to 58 student-athletes for the fall, winter, and spring seasons. This spring edition of winners (29 men and 29 women) will receive a nonrenewable grant of $7,500 for use in an accredited postgraduate program. Lundy is a nine-time Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Champion who graduated summa cum laude in May with a degree in early childhood education, maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA for her collegiate academic career. She is just the fourth athlete in school history to achieve three Academic All-America honors in a career and is attending SU for her graduate studies this fall.