Beeckman Joins CMU Volleyball Staff
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MOUNT PLEASANT – Central Michigan head volleyball coach Erik Olson has announced the hiring of Theresa Beeckman to fill the newly created position of second assistant coach on his 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 and, most recently, six years as the top assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Ferris State.

"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.

"Over 17 years working in the state of Michigan I have come to know a lot of people and make a lot of connections," said Beeckman. "Not only is that a huge advantage in recruiting, but the softball experience brings a different perspective and offers me a lot of unique connections to volleyball that I wouldn't otherwise have and not a lot of other coaches have."

"This position is essential in getting the program to the next level and Theresa will make an impact," Olson stated. "When I found out about Theresa's interest in the position, I thought it was too good to be true. The timing is perfect with a very talented team who is hungry to win its first MAC championship. "

A four-year starting catcher and two-time all-conference honoree on the softball team, Beeckman graduated from Saginaw Valley State with a bachelor's degree in psychology. She is a veteran presenter across the country and published author who was recently a featured speaker at the Premier Volleyball Academy's annual coaching symposium.

Olson begins his eighth season at Central Michigan and returns fifth-year associate head coach Dave Zelenock on his staff.