What drew Amy Eagan to want to coach the Truman State University women's basketball program when she took over in 2013 was the fact she's always called Northeast Missouri home.
"My parents get to come to games," said Eagan, a Shelbina, Mo., native and Truman State graduate. "It's a very special place."
That makes becoming the winningest coach in program history extra special.
Eagan reached a coaching milestone last week when she won her 100th game in six seasons at the helm with a 73-51 victory at Indianapolis. Then on Thursday, Eagan moved past Mary Jo Murray to the top of the all-time victories list with an 83-72 victory at Southern Indiana.
Eagan is 101-56 at Truman State and 177-136 in 11 seasons overall as a head coach.
"I've been very lucky since the time I got here with the kids who were still in the program really buying into the program and to who we wanted to be and how we wanted to represent ourselves," said Eagan, a 1999 Truman graduate who was an honorable mention All-American point guard and a 2012 Truman Athletics Hall of Fame inductee. "Now we have the kids we are recruiting buying into that.
"I'm more appreciative of the kids and the staff who have helped make those things happen."
Eagan reached the milestone thanks to the strong play of the Bulldogs, who are 13-2 overall and 4-1 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference heading into Saturday's game at Bellarmine.
"Our want to compete on a daily basis is there, and to do it on the defensive end first is a big thing," Eagan said. "Offensively, we have quite a few kids who on any given night can put up some points. But this group still believes we have to do it defensively and do it rebounding first. They know if we continue to do those things and take care of those things we will continue to get better."
The Bulldogs, who are currently third in the GLVC points rating system that determines postseason play, will play host to Quincy University on Feb. 9 and play at Pepsi Arena on Feb. 23.
"Our kids are very humble," said Eagan, who served as an assistant coach at QU under Larry Just from 2001-05. "They know we're not as consistent as we need to be in order to take that next step. We have to continue to get better. That comes with having some seniors who have been playing big minutes and that experience pays off."
Hawks gearing up?for season opener
The Quincy University men's volleyball team is hoping depth in the middle and the addition of some springy hitters will lead to better results in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association.
The Hawks went 12-19 overall and 0-14 in the MIVA in Gavin Mueller's first season as head coach, but his second team returns its top two defensive players at the net.
Junior middle blocker Blake Sprecher had a team-leading 75 blocks last season and added 107 kills, although his emphasis wasn't on being a big hitter offensively. Senior middle blocker Shane McAdams had 215 kills to go along with 79 digs and 49 blocks, and his versatility should help the Hawks build an attack capable to scoring in the middle and on the edge.
Senior setter Adam Rogan had 288 assists last season and is the top returning playmaker.
The Hawks open their season at 7 p.m. Wednesday against Culver-Stockton College at Charles Field House in Canton, Mo.
Wildcats looking?for leader of attack
With a first-team All-American middle hitter having graduated, the Culver-Stockton College men's volleyball team needs to find a new center of its attack in order to compete in the Heart of America Athletic Conference.
The Wildcats will get a nice little homestand to figure things out.
C-SC, which opens its season at 7 p.m. Tuesday against Missouri Baptist at Charles Field House, will play its first five matches at home and not go on the road until February. By then, Wildcats coach Caren Kemner should have an idea who is going to help three returnees carry the load offensively.
Junior outside hitter Erin Lee was an honorable mention all-conference selection last season with 207 kills and 65 blocks, while junior Shaquille Barker had 161 kills, 88 digs and 35 blocks. Junior Daniel Fohey was second on the team with 217 kills and had 114 digs. Outside hitter Jayden Happel, another outside hitter, missed last season after suffering a knee injury in the opening match, but is expected to return to the lineup healthy.
Freshman setter Aiden McGuire is expected to be the Wildcats' new quarterback.