Playing Experience: Auburn: 2000-01 Illinois-Chicago: 2002-03
No stranger to high levels of collegiate women's volleyball, Meghan Keck lends expertise in setter training and development to the Ohio volleyball staff, while also serving as the Bobcats' offensive coordinator and heading up the team's recruiting efforts. She enters her sixth season with the program in 2013.
During her tenure as recruiting coordinator at Ohio, Keck has brought in four student-athletes that have been ranked by either PrepVolleyball or Volleyball Magazine as top 100 recruits. The quartet of recruits includes Mandy Nichols (No. 38 on PrepVolleyball Senior Ace List), Abby Gilleland (No. 82 on PrepVolleyball Senior Ace List), Katie Horton (No. 95 on PrepVolleyball Senior Ace List), and Kelly Lamberti (Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 list).
In 2012, Keck worked closely with Gilleland, who posted the highest assists per set average (9.42) of any freshman in Ohio University history. A 2012 All-MAC Freshman Team selection, Gilleland ranked ninth in the conference in assists and posted the 10th-highest single season assist total in the Ohio rally scoring era.
Under Keck's direction, the Ohio offense led the league in hitting percentage (.231) and ranked fourth in kills/set (13.55) during the team's run to the MAC regular season championship.
From 2008-10, Keck was instrumental in developing Michelle Jantsch into one of the top setters in Ohio University history. As a senior in 2010, Jantsch earned All-MAC Second Team honors while setting up a Bobcat offense that ranked third in the conference in hitting percentage (.232). The Bobcats advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the second-straight season in 2010 after defeating Penn in first round action.
Keck led the Bobcats to a No. 11 national ranking in total team offense in 2009 while working closely with Jantsch, who earned All-MAC First Team accolades after ranking second in the conference with 10.91 assists per set.
The Bobcats led the league in assists per set (12.77), hitting percentage (.273) and kills (14.06/set) during a strong year in which the team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Her in-depth knowledge of the setter position paid immediate dividends for the Ohio program in 2008, as the Bobcats finished third in the MAC with an average of 12.60 assists per set in her first year on the bench. Jantsch earned second-team All-MAC honors after handing out 1,220 assists in 2008 - the eighth-best single-season total in the program's rally scoring era.
Keck also helped direct the Ohio offense to the third-best kills-per-set average in the MAC in 2008, finishing with a mark of 13.62 per frame.
The Chicago native came to Ohio after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at DePaul University, a member of the BIG EAST Conference. Her role with the Blue Demons mirrored her duties at Ohio, as she specialized in setter development and oversaw the recruiting and travel aspects of the program.
Prior to joining the DePaul staff, she was a volunteer assistant on the 2005 Northwestern coaching staff that guided the Wildcats to the second round of the NCAA Championship. Ohio head volleyball coach Ryan Theis was an assistant and the recruiting coordinator on the same staff.
Keck's coaching experience also extends to the club ranks, where she served as the team coach, private lessons director and co-director of setter training for the Lions/First Alliance Volleyball Club from 1998-2006.
During Keck's collegiate career, she spent two years as Auburn's starting setter and team captain before transferring to Illinois-Chicago in 2002. Keck had an immediate impact with the Flames, as she was named Horizon League Newcomer of the Year in 2002. She also set UIC's single-match hitting percentage record (.900), and currently ranks third on the school's all-time hitting percentage chart and sixth in total assists.
In 2004, Keck was named UIC Female Athlete of the Year and was awarded the NCAA Sportsmanship Award. An academic standout at both of her collegiate stops, she graduated in 2004 with a 3.9 grade-point average and a degree in marketing.