Two coaches of EMU varsity sports have reached great milestones in their roles here at EMU.
Brenda Bechler, coach for the EMU Women’s Field Hockey team, has been involved with field hockey since she was in middle school.
Her passion grew as she played all four years of her college career. After starting a family and continuing on to get her master’s degree, she returned to EMU and has coached for the last ten years.
Bechler received her hundredth win against St. Mary’s College of Maryland this year. She explained how the team had a rough start, playing the top two teams of the conference in the first half of their season.
The women recently defeated Washington and Lee University this past Saturday. Bechler hopes that this will be a turning point for the team as they strive for improvement.
Having been through four years of EMU, Bechler wants nothing but the best for her players. She “developed great friendships with [her] teammates, learned valuable life lessons, and worked hard to be successful both on and off the field,” and wants to offer those same experiences to her team now.
Roger Mast, Men’s Soccer Head Coach, just earned his two-hundredth win against Maryville College. Mast has been coaching at EMU since 1991. He received his hundredth collegiate win in 2000.
Previous to his career at EMU, he coached for four years at Christopher Dock High School and one year at Eastern Mennonite High School. Mast, like Bechler, played his sport for eight years in high school and college combined, and has been passionate about soccer since.
This Saturday, Field Hockey will take on Virginia Wesleyan at 4 p.m. and the Men’s Soccer team will play against Lynchburg at 7:30 p.m. Both parents and players will be recognized at each of these games, and there will be a special ceremony honoring the 1998 NCAA Sweet 16 Team during half-time of the men’s soccer game.
Look for the banners hung around campus in recognition of the two team’s accomplishments.
Alicia Calkins, Staff Writer