June 6, 2011

Theresa Beeckman Joins Central Michigan Volleyball Staff

The loss for Ferris State University women's volleyball is Central Michigan University's gain as assistant coach Theresa Beeckman has been named to a similiar position with the Chippewas.

Beeckman, who spent the last six seasons (2004-10) at Ferris State, will fill the newly-created second assistant coach position on CMU head coach Erik Olson's coaching staff.  

A native of Bridgeport, Beeckman brings more than 10 years of collegiate volleyball coaching experience in the state of Michigan, including four years as head coach at Delta College.  She spent the past six years as the top assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Ferris State under head coach Tia Brandel-Wilhelm.

"This is a great opportunity for Theresa and we all wish her the best," said Brandel-Wilhelm.  "Theresa played a significant role in the development of our program from not only a coaching standpoint, but handling video, scouting, and recruiting.

"I know it was her goal to coach at the NCAA Division I level someday and she's well on her way working in a successful program such as Central Michigan's," added Brandel-Wilhelm.   

The opportunity is one Beeckman couldn't pass up.

"This is a dream come true professionally and creatively," said Beeckman. "Ferris and Central have a very good working relationship and I have gotten to know the volleyball staff quite well. CMU is a place I feel I can contribute a lot and also learn a lot. While I am very, very excited to get started, at the same time it is very bitter sweet to leave a lot of great people and players at Ferris."

At Central Michigan Beeckman will serve as the offensive coordinator, responsible for setter training, recruiting and team travel.

"Theresa is a student of the game and her many years of experience give her a unique perspective," said Olson. "All great coaches are students of the game and that is one reason she is here. We like to talk about the game, how to use technology best to teach, and how to explore new layers of team building. These are all strengths of Theresa."

Beeckman also brings experience coaching at the prep level, having served as head volleyball coach at Hemlock (Mich.) High School from 2003-05 and Saginaw (Mich.) Nouvel Catholic Central High School from 1995-2001. Her other coaching stops include two seasons (1999-2000) as the head softball coach at her alma mater, Bridgeport (Mich.) High School, and two seasons (2001, 2004) as an assistant softball coach at Delta College.

A 2005 graduate of Saginaw Valley State University, Beeckman played four seasons for the Cardinals and earned all-conference recognition as a catcher in 1997 and 1998.  She was voted as SVSU's Most Improved Player following the 1996 season.

Beeckman, who graduated from the NCAA Women's Coaching Academy in the summer of 2008, authored an article entitled "Blocking from a Catcher's Point of View" which was published in the AVCA's drill bulletin Volleyball Ace Power Tips.  She also was a featured speaker at the Premier Volleyball Academy's coaching symposium held during the 2010 NCAA Women's Coaches Academy.

A national search to fill the full-time assistant coaching position is presently underway.

*Official Central Michigan Press Release*