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Coaching Awards


  • Women’s Bowling Head Coach Shannon O’Keefe was named the National Tenpin Coaches Association Division II/III National Coach of the Year for the sixth straight year.

  • Men’s Volleyball Head Coach Nickie Sanlin was named the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Coach of the Year.

  • Men’s Water Polo Head Coach Colleen Lischwe, MBA ’18 was named the MAWPC-West Coach of the Year.

  • Women’s Wrestling Head Coach Sam Schmitz was named the National Wrestling Coaches Association/ NCAA Division II Coach of the Year.

  • Women’s Soccer Head Coach Tim Strange was named the GLVC Coach of the Year. The United Soccer Coaches Organization named the women’s soccer coaching staff as the Midwest Regional Staff of the Year for Division II. The staff consisting of head coach Tim Strange, assistant coach Elliot Goodwin ’20 and goalkeepers coach Jamie Swanner was placed onto the National Staff of the Year ballot.


ICYMI (Spring 2021 Staff/Coach News)

Anthony Francis has been promoted to director of athletics. Anthony has played an integral role within the McKendree Athletics Department since joining the Bearcat family in 2017.

Massey Arnold was hired as the new assistant athletic director for compliance.

Kristin (Hustedde) Von Hatten ’02 was promoted to the head athletic trainer for the McKendree University Sports Medicine Department. Kristin has been a part of the Bearcats athletic training staff for 17 years

Zach Anderson serves as the director of strength and conditioning.

George Suggs, MBA ’20 was promoted to head basketball coach for the men’s basketball team. 





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