FSU’s Eckleberry Names Coaching Team | local sports

FROSTBURG — Frostburg State women’s basketball head coach Jenna Eckleberry has announced her coaching staff for the upcoming 2022-23 season, as Kendra Bamberger and Marley McLaughlin will serve as assistant coaches.

Bamberger brings continuity to the staff as she will enter her fourth year with FSU, having become a graduate assistant coach in 2019-20 before being promoted to full-time assistant in 2020-21.

“I’m thrilled to have another mentor and learn a different system. I saw Coach Eck develop a program and played against her as a student-athlete, so I’m thrilled to have the chance to work with her,” Bamberger said.

“I’m very lucky that Kendra remains on staff as an assistant coach. She knows the ins and outs of the program and did a great job guiding the girls through practice sessions last spring.

“In the few months I’ve been with her, I can say that she has a strong work ethic, great knowledge of the game and most importantly loyalty, as well as having the right personality to fit in well with me. Kendra is determined to make a difference and I think she is the right person to help me lead this program,” Eckleberry said.

McLaughlin begins her coaching journey after recently graduating from Shepherd University, where she played for five years under Eckleberry.

A standout player for the Rams, she has twice earned All-Conference honors and was a CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree last year.

“During my playing career, I have always been very grateful to the people who coached and mentored me,” McLaughlin said. “I was blessed with several special people who touched my life through sport and eventually they became lifelong friends. I knew one day I would get into coaching because I wanted giving back and sharing what I had learned throughout my career.I am extremely grateful and excited to have this opportunity to coach at Frostburg State University under Coach Eckleberry, for whom I I wouldn’t be where I am today without Coach Eck.

“I’m very happy to have Marley come with me from Shepherd,” Eckleberry said. “I can’t say enough good things about her as a player and a person. As a player, she’s been a big part of building a program. She knows how I handle my system, my style of play , what I look for in rookies and what it takes to be a leader. She always knows what I’m thinking and that will translate to the field as a coach. She’s one of the best leaders I’ve ever had. have ever coached and I look forward to seeing her continue to lead by example and be a great role model for our players.

“I feel like I hit the jackpot with my assistant coaches. We work well together and I look forward to building a program with Marley and Kendra, whom I respect a lot. One of our goals is to provide a positive environment and an excellent student-athlete experience. Having the right staff goes a long way to achieving this. We can’t wait to start with the girls in the fall.