WILLIMANTIC, Conn. – After six years in a parttime coaching capacity with the Eastern Connecticut State University women’s volleyball program, the position of current head coach Megan Silver Droesch will be elevated to fulltime status, effective August 21, 2017. The announcement was made by Kenneth M. Bedini, Vice President of Student Affairs. With the reclassification Droesch’s position, 14 of Eastern’s 15 intercollegiate programs are now under the direction of fulltime coaches.
Having spent the last six years in a parttime role as assistant coach (2011-13), interim head coach (2014), then permanent head coach (2015-16), Droesch will become the program’s first fulltime permanent head coach since Jolie Ward served five years in that capacity before resigning following the 2007 season.
“We are very excited that the University is supporting athletics and the women’s volleyball team as we hire Megan as our full-time volleyball coach,” said Lori Runksmeier, Director of Athletics. “She has done an exemplary job, first as an assistant coach and then as our part-time head coach for the past three years. The increased time she will have with our student-athletes will help the program grow and will give the student-athletes increased support, on and off the court. I expect great things from Coach Droesch as we move forward.”
In three seasons as head coach, Droesch has compiled an overall record of 48-46, including 12-9 in the Little East Conference. The Warriors have won three LEC playoff matches in that span, reaching the LEC final in her first year in 2014. This past year, Eastern finished 19-12 overall, 4-3 in the conference, and as the No. 4 seed, swept No. 5 Keene State College in the first round to advance to the tournament semifinals.
"With a fulltime coach, athletes will have improved access to supports,” said Droesch. “Athletically, I foresee this as an ability for both our players and I to improve volleyball IQ through discourse and film. Fundamentally, there will be more time available for recruiting, which is not insignificant. Further, I will have an improved ability to foster an engaged relationship between the university, our program, and our alumni base."
A native of Snohomish, Wash., Droesch was a four-year player (2003-06) at the University of Connecticut, then spent the next two seasons as a graduate assistant at Springfield College. She holds a B.A. Degree in English from Connecticut and an M.Ed from Springfield in Educational Studies.
Droesch is the eighth permanent head coach in the program’s 42-year history. Eastern Hall of Fame coach Floretta Crabtree won 616 matches over the first 22 years of the program between 1975 and 1996. Eastern’s victory over Keene State in this past year’s LEC playoffs represented the 1,000th victory in program history. The program has lost 592 matches for a 62.8 winning percentage.