The Ferris State University women's volleyball program will have a presence at the Premier Volleyball Academy's Annual Coaching Symposium on Saturday, January 16, 2010 as Bulldog assistant coach Theresa Beeckman is scheduled to be among the featured speakers.
The event will be held at the Premier Academy in Maumee, Ohio, from 10 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. (EST). The registration cost is $65 per person for the annual coaching symposium. Besides Beeckman, the list of speakers includes Ohio State head coach Geoff Carlson, Toledo head coach Greg Smith, and Oakland head coach Rob Beam among others.
Beeckman, who completed her fifth year at Ferris State this fall as a member of head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm's staff, will give a presentation entitled "Long Beach State Setting: Training hands and feet to run your offense."
This 2009 season, Beeckman played a key part in helping lead Ferris State to a 19-12 overall record and the program's 15th NCAA Division II National Tournament appearance.
Prior to this season, Beeckman had an article entitled "Blocking from a Catcher's Point of View" published in the April 22nd edition of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA)'s drill bulletin Volleyball Ace Power Tips.
At Ferris State, Beeckman not only has on-floor responsibilities but also is involved in recruiting and administrative functions for the women's volleyball program. She graduated from the NCAA Women's Coaching Academy in the summer of 2008.
Beeckman spent four years as the head women's volleyball coach at Delta College in University Center, Mich., before arriving to Ferris State. A USA Volleyball Accreditation Program certification recipient, Beeckman directed Delta College to a 73-88 mark during her coaching tenure which included a school-record 27 victories in the 2004 season. Under her guidance, the Pioneers registered the best three-year stretch in the program's history from 2002-04.
Beeckman was the head volleyball coach at Saginaw (Mich.) Nouvel Catholic Central High School from 1995-2001 after spending one season as coaching the school's junior varsity team.
A native of Bridgeport, Mich., Beeckman played softball for four seasons at Saginaw Valley State University where she earned all-conference plaudits as a catcher in the 1997 and 1998 seasons. She was honored as the Cardinals' Most Improved Player for the 1996 campaign.