After one season (2014) on an interim basis, Megan Silver-Droesch was named permanent head coach in February of 2015, becoming the eighth permanent head coach in the program’s 41-year history. In July of 2017, she became the program's first fulltime head coach in ten years.
The Snohomish, Wash. native spent three seasons as an assistant coach in the program under former head coach Peter Maneggia Jr. before being named head coach on an interim basis in the summer of 2014. After playing four seasons of volleyball at the University of Connecticut (2003-06), Silver-Droesch spent two years as a graduate assistant at Springfield College (2007-08) before joining the Eastern staff in the fall of 2011.
In 2017, Silver-Droesch directed the program to an 18-9 record and a winning percentage of 66.7 -- a percentage which has not been exceeded since the 2006 squad won 30 of 40 matches for a 75.0 winning mark. Tha 2017 team posted its third winning season (4-3) in the LEC in four years under the current head coach. That young squad was fast out of the gate by winning its first six matches, and after struggling in mid-September, righted itself by winning nine of its last 11 in the regular season and following with a first-round LEC tournament victory -- the third time in four years under Silver-Droesch that the club advanced at least into the LEC semifinals.
In 2016, Silver-Droesch led the Warriors to her first winning season (19-12) and a 4-3 Little East Conference record, No. 4 LEC playoff seed and first-round shutout of Keene State College. The Warriors earned the first-round playoff home game by erasing a two-set deficit for a five-set decision at Keene State College on the final Saturday of the regular season. Eastern got out quickly with eight wins in its first ten matches which included significant wins over U.S. Coast Guard at home and Trinity College on the road.
In her first season as a collegiate head coach in the fall of 2014, Silver-Droesch led Eastern to an overall record of 17-17. Eastern was picked to finish fifth in the eight-team Little East Conference in the coaches’ pre-season poll, but instead placed third in the regular season with a 5-2 LEC record and advanced to the tournament championship match for the first time since 2007 with wins over No. 6 Plymouth State University and No. 2 Keene State College. For her success, she was selected the program’s first LEC Coach-of-the-Year in nine years.
In Silver-Droesch's four full seasons at Eastern, three players have been selected to the NEWVA Senior Classic, one has been named LEC Rookie-of-the-Year (Abby Stern in 2017) and five have been awarded spots on the All-LEC team -- three as first-team selections. Silver-Droesch's four teams have averaged nearly seven LEC All-Academic achievers each year -- including a program-record eight in 2016 in the academic program's 11-year existence. A total of 21 of her juniors and seniors have earned an E-Club Scholar-Athlete Award in four years, with seven of them being Outstanding (cumulative 3.50+ GPA) recipients.
Silver-Droesch is a certified volleyball official and has coached the Husky Juniors out of Windsor since 2005. In the summer of 2013, Silver Droesch and Maneggia coached the junior team to second place at the Happy Valley Tournament at Penn State. Silver-Droesch also attended the high performance clinic at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Facility in the summer of 2013.
In 2015, Silver-Droesch competed with the Midnight Riders of the Premier Volleyball League for the second year, serving as a team captain -- a team which includes former Eastern four-year letterwinner Samantha Slonski. The team will conclude its season at the week-long U.S. Open on Memorial Day weekend in Detroit.
As a four-year Big East Academic All-Star, Silver-Droesch appeared in 269 games for the Huskies, accumulating 235 blocks (10th all-time), 448 kills and a .241 attack percentage. As a senior, the 6-foot-1 inch middle hitter set personal career highs in most every category, led the squad in block assists (118) and total blocks (126) and helped the team to the Big East Tournament after a three-year hiatus. In Silver-Droesch's four years, UConn won 71 and lost 47 (27-23 in the Big East), including a 20-win season in 2003 and 19-win campaign in 2006.
Silver-Droesch holds a B.A. in English from Connecticut and M.Ed from Springfield in Educational Studies and resides in Canterbury.