August 25, 2009
Grove City expanding athletic staff
GROVE CITY, Pa. ' Grove City College is making several changes and additions to its Department of Physical Education and Athletics in preparation for the 2009-2010 academic year.
The College has hired Jonathan Miller as head women's water polo coach and assistant men's and women's swimming and diving coach. Miller, a native of Fresno, Calif., comes to Grove City after spending the 2008-09 academic year as assistant men's and women's water polo coach at California Baptist University.
Miller is a 2008 graduate of California Baptist and graduated as CBU's all-time leader in goalkeeper saves with 1,025. He earned a bachelor's degree in kinesiology and recently finished his master of science degree in kinesiology at California Baptist.
Miller's hiring coincides with several other personnel adjustments in the athletic department.
Head men's swimming and diving coach Dave Fritz will add the responsibilities of head women's swimming and diving coach at Grove City this year. In seven years as head men's swimming and diving coach, Fritz has guided the Wolverines to a 65-18 dual-meet record and three Presidents' Athletic Conference titles.
Fritz coached women's water polo at Grove City from 2002 through the 2009 season. He led the Wolverines to seven appearances in the Collegiate III Championships during his tenure.
Joe Walters is the College's new head women's tennis coach after serving as interim head coach during the 2008-09 season. He led Grove City to a 14-6 overall record and the program's first-ever invitation to the NCAA Championship Tournament last year.
Walters completed his 37th season as head men's tennis coach at Grove City last spring. He directed the men's squad to its 19th straight conference title in April. Walters will remain men's tennis coach as well as associate athletic director.
Grove City has also consolidated its head track and field coaching positions into one position. This spring, Dr. Allison Williams took over as head coach for both the men's and women's track and field programs after coaching the women's team from 2001 to 2008.
Dr. Stan Keehlwetter remains on the track and field staff as an assistant coach after serving as head men's track coach for five seasons. This move helps Keehlwetter better meet the needs of his expanding role on campus as Dean of Harbison Chapel.
Also, Cathy Jacobs will take over as the department's Facility Coordinator. In that role, she will oversee the scheduling of activities in the College's Physical Learning Center. Jacobs will also handle all game management duties for home events throughout the academic year. She will also assume increased academic responsibilities in the department's physical education and exercise science curricula.
Jacobs joined the Grove City staff in 1988 as head women's swimming and diving coach. She also coached women's tennis from 1991 to 2007 and coached the softball team from 1989 to 1993.
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