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Growth of graduate assistant program highlights EMU summer : Augusta Free Press

Summer has brought a number of exciting changes to the Eastern Mennonite University Athletic Department, including a handful of new faces and even some light construction to open up new office space.

The busy summer started with the resurfacing of the gym floor in Yoder Arena, wrapping up in mid-May. The main court was sanded down to the original wood and given an updated design including a change to a black border around the court.

After four successful years, the graduate assistant program will step up to six GAs. According to Director of Athletics Dave King, the program has helped EMU’s coaches in a variety of aspects ranging from in-game coaching to recruiting.

“The role of the assistant coach in collegiate athletics has become increasingly important, as the efforts to recruit student-athletes and provide them with a quality experience has become more and more time-consuming,” King explained. “The graduate assistant program has allowed us a cost-effective way to provide assistant coaches to our staff. It is also gratifying to give young people an opportunity to prepare for a career in athletics, especially given the quality of our graduate programs at EMU.”

Here are the graduate assistants beginning this fall:

  • Baseball – Nic Love is a 2016 graduate of Eastern Mennonite and a native of Bedford, Va. He is pursuing a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies.
  • Men’s Soccer – Carl Becker is a 2014 graduate of Eastern Mennonite and a native of Vienna, Va. He is pursuing a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership.
  • Women’s Soccer – Sheldon Rice is…

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