This article is from the EMU News Archive. The approximate date of publication was in June 2003. Current EMU news is available at www.emu.edu/news
EMU Grad to Lead Royals Women's Basketball
Veteran coach Richard McElwee has accepted the head women?s basketball coaching position at Eastern Mennonite University, effective Aug. 1, 2003. McElwee is a 1983 graduate of EMU with a degree in health and physical education.
McElwee comes to EMU from Auburn High School in Riner, Va., where he coached both the girls and boys basketball programs for the past two years. McElwee led the girls to an overall 39-9 record and was selected Three Rivers District Coach of the Year and Region C Coach of the Year in 2002.
McElwee?s previous coaching experiences include 18 years at Bath County (VA) High School, where he coached football, baseball and basketball. He earned Pioneer District Coach of the Year honors in 1994 for basketball and Pioneer District Baseball Coach of the Year five times.
?Coach McElwee brings nearly two decades of successful coaching experience to our program,? said EMU Athletics Director Larry Martin. ?This coaching experience, knowledge of the Virginia sports scene and having graduated from EMU were factors in our offer to join our staff. We expect him to continue the improvement our women?s program has experienced the past two years and to be consistently in the hunt for the ODAC championship,? Martin added.
The Royals graduated five seniors, but return a solid nucleus of six first-year players who saw extensive playing time, with four starting by the end of the 2002-03 season. The Lady Royals, who were 2-22 in 2000-01, finished 19-7 last year. However, the Royals have been knocked out of the ODAC tournament in the first round the past two years.
McElwee and his wife, Julie, also an EMU graduate, are the parents of two daughters.
Posted: June 19, 2003