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SU roundup: Sullivan joins Hornets' women's basketball staff


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WINCHESTER -- Shenandoah University women's basketball coach Melissa Smeltzer-Kraft announced Monday that she has added Meghan Sullivan to her staff as lead assistant.

Smeltzer-Kraft, who took over the program in May, brings Sullivan on as her full-time assistant.

Sullivan, a 2010 graduate of Elmira College, comes to Shenandoah after four seasons as an assistant coach at Catholic University of America.

While at Catholic, the Elmira, New York native helped the Cardinals to a pair of Landmark Conference titles and was the first assistant on a staff that was named Landmark Coaching Staff of the Year in 2013-14.

The Cards were regionally or nationally ranked in three of her four seasons at the school.

She also earned her master's degree in management with a leadership concentration from Catholic in 2014.

"I was very impressed with Meghan throughout the interview process," Smeltzer-Kraft stated in a news release. "She is passionate about coaching basketball and Division III.

"She has been part of successful programs as both a student-athlete and a coach, and I know she will bring that winning mentality to our program as well."

As a student-athlete, Sullivan was a four-year member of the Soaring Eagles program, assisted them to an Empire 8 title in 2007 and graduated magna cum laude as a business administration major.

With the Hornets, Sullivan will be involved in all aspects of the program including practice and game management, opponent scouting and player development.

Softball

WINCHESTER -- Shenandoah softball coach Marlena Kotynski announced her 2015 schedule Monday morning.

Kotynski, who has amassed 218 wins in her 10 seasons as the Hornets' head coach, has 18 home games scheduled for next spring including doubleheaders against longtime Division III powers Coast Guard, Lynchburg and Christopher Newport.

The Coast Guard double dip is the season opener, on February 28, while Lynchburg visits the next day to open Old Dominion Athletic Conference play.

In addition to Lynchburg, Guilford, Emory and Henry, Sweet Briar and Eastern Mennonite will visit for conference play.

Gettysburg, on March 19, and Catholic, on April 8, round out the non-conference home slate.

SU travels to Bridgewater, Randolph-Macon, Randolph and Roanoke for conference contests.

The lone road non-conference doubleheader is at Messiah on April 15. The team will also play in the Virginia Wesleyan Beach Blast March 6-7 and the Roanoke Bash March 13-14.



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