Volleyball Adds Meghan Keck as Assistant Coach
Feb. 25, 2014
"The first step in pursuing the Marquette position was to check with my wife, the second was to make sure Meghan would come with me," Theis said. "Meghan is a tireless recruiter and a terrific setters coach who will always go the extra mile to ensure our student-athletes have a great experience during their collegiate careers."
Keck served as an assistant (2008-11) and associate head coach (2012-13) under Theis during all six years of his tenure at Ohio University, where she acted as the Bobcats' offensive coordinator and led their recruiting efforts. As recruiting coordinator, Keck helped Ohio sign five players ranked as top-100 national recruits.
She helped the Bobcats to an overall record of 144-54 (.727) while in Athens and made four trips to the NCAA Championship, including a pair of second-round appearances.
Keck, a former setter at Auburn and the University of Illinois-Chicago, helped tutor 2013 AVCA All-American Abby Gilleland, who was also honored as the Mid-American Conference Player of the Year and setter of the year in 2013. Gilleland paced an Ohio offense that ranked 26th nationally in hitting percentage (.262) and was third individually in conference play with 10.79 assists per set.
The Bobcats led the MAC in hitting percentage during three years of Keck's tenure with the squad and ranked in the top four in two other campaigns.
She also helped develop setter Michelle Jantsch into a three-time all-conference performer who ended her career at Ohio in second place on its career assist list. Jantsch garnered All-MAC First Team honors as a junior in 2009 while helping the Bobcats to No. 11 national ranking in total team offense and a second-round appearance in the NCAA tournament.
Keck arrived at Ohio after two seasons as an assistant coach at DePaul, where she played a role in setter development and oversaw recruiting and travel.
Keck was also a volunteer assistant coach in 2005 at Northwestern on a coaching staff that included Theis.
From 1998-2006, Keck served as team coach, private lessons director and co-director of setter training for the Lions/First Alliance Volleyball Club in Western Springs, Ill.
The Chicago native was named a recipient of the American Volleyball Coaches Association 30 Under 30 Award in 2012, an accolade honoring thirty up-and-coming volleyball coaches under 30 years old in the sport at all levels of the game.
She spent two years at Auburn during her playing career as the Tigers' starting setter before transferring UIC in 2002. Keck was named Horizon League Newcomer of the year her first season with the Flames and is among the program's leaders in hitting percentage and assists.
Koeck graduated from UIC in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in marketing and a near perfect 3.9 grade-point average. She was named the UIC Female Athlete of the Year and awarded the NCAA Sportsmanship Award in 2004.