July 2, 2008

Bloomsburg University Alums Named to Head Coaching Positions

BLOOMSBURG-- Two former Bloomsburg University athletes, Marcie Hickey (Washingtonville) and Nicole Hartranft Rhoads (Oley), have recently been named to head coaching positions.

Former softball All-American Marcie Hickey has been named the head softball coach at the University of North Florida, an NCAA Division I institution in Pensacola, FL.

Hickey, a 1999 graduate and a native of Washingtonville, earned All-American honors in 1997 and was a four-time all-conference selection as an infielder. Hickey played three infield positions- shortstop, third base and first base - and is still ranked fifth on the school's all-time home runs list with 26 in her career. She is also 10th on the all-time Bloomsburg hits list while ranking fourth in both doubles and runs.

Hickey has been the head coach at the University of Vermont the past two seasons, leading the Catamounts to a record number of victories in America East Conference play in 2008 as well as non-conference wins against Big East foes Providence and Villanova. She also spent five years as the head coach at Coppin State. In just two years at the Maryland school, Hickey became the program's all-time wins leader. In 2002, she became the first Coppin State head coach to earn Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Coach of the Year laurels after leading her squad to an 11-9 record in league play and a third place finish in the conference's northern division.

She went on to lead Coppin State to a school-record 12 conference wins in 2003 and a second-place finish in the northern division, the highest in school history. A year later, the Eagles duplicated that 12-win mark in league play and also set a new standard for wins in a season with 18. Hickey left Coppin with the four highest single-season win totals in school history and is still the only Coppin coach to post double-digit wins in the conference.

Named the head coach of the field hockey team at Alvernia College of Reading is Nicole Hartranft Rhoads. A 2004 graduate of Bloomsburg, Rhoads was a three-time field hockey All-American and a member of two NCAA Division II National Championship teams. She finished her career with 47 goals and 24 assists for 114 points. She has been an assistant at Alvernia for the last three years.