everal coaching changes occurred in the Skidmore athletics staff over the summer.
Men's soccer. Ron McEachen was named head men's soccer coach. McEachen was head coach at the University of Vermont from 1985 to 1995 and at Middlebury College from 1974 to 1984; he compiled a combined 182-107-45 record. In 1995 he left UVM to join the coaching staff of the New England Revolution professional soccer team, but then returned to Middlebury as an assistant in 1997. McEachen's teams won four New England championships, and he was the recipient of the 1999-2000 New England Intercollegiate Soccer League Honor Award.
A 1969 graduate of West Virginia University, McEachen was a first-team all-American. He went on to a professional career from 1971 to 1978 with the New York Cosmos of the NASL and the Connecticut Wildcats, Pittsburgh Miners, and Rhode Island Oceaneers of the ASL.
"We are excited to add Coach McEachen to our staff," said Tim Brown, Skidmore athletics director. "He brings a tremendous amount of experience and soccer knowledge to Skidmore."
Swimming and diving. The new aquatics director and head coach of the men's and women's swim teams is Christine Peppiatt, who comes to Skidmore after a year as aquatics director at Barnard College. Before that she was an assistant coach at the University of Maine for two seasons.
As an undergraduate at Maine, Peppiatt established herself as one of that program's top swimmers. As a student athlete she won the 1994 Black Bear Most Valuable Swimmer Award and the 1995 Alan Switzer Dedication Award.
"Skidmore has found a quality coach in Christine Peppiatt," said Tim Brown, "We're looking forward to her taking the program in a new and positive direction."
Women's soccer. And in a redistribution of assignments, head men's lacrosse coach Terry Corcoran takes over as head women's soccer coach as well. Corcoran had been assistant coach in men's soccer for the past four seasons. (The new assistant coach in women's soccer is Ron Plourde, who had coached women's soccer at St. Joseph's College before moving to Skidmore to become head baseball coach; he'll continue to lead the baseball team as well.)
The former head coach of women's soccer, Paul Dion, now takes on the assistant role for men's soccer and also continues as head coach of men's hockey. Dion compiled a 163-124-23 record in 18 years at the helm of women's soccer. The team's 11 postseason tournament appearances included two NCAA Division III national championship tournaments.
Corcoran has had great success with the Skidmore men's lacrosse team, compiling record-setting win totals in each of the past two seasons; the Thoroughbreds went 9-5 in 1999 and 10-4 this past season. Corcoran looks to build on Dion's record as he takes over women's soccer.-WJ