Kessler steps down as women's volleyball coach at Mid-Atlantic Christian

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Mid-Atlantic Christian University's Leah Maclin lines herself up for a return shot during the game against Wesleyan, Tuesday, September 4, 2017.


From staff reports

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Mid-Athletic Christian volleyball coach Kellie Kessler has accepted the head coaching women’s volleyball coaching position at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

The university informed The Daily Advance about her resignation on Sunday night.

Kessler will be completing some administrative items for the program as she begins to switch her focus over to her new team.

During her time at MACU, the team went 7-25 while rebuilding.

She also had two academic All-Americans.

MACU Athletics Director Andy Meneely commented, “We want to wholeheartedly thank coach Kessler for the time she spent with us at MACU. We completely understand the move that she is making and know that she made this decision with a lot of prayer and thought. We all wish her the best.”

The university says a search for a new head volleyball coach will begin immediately.


On Saturday, Chowan University celebrated 76 student-athletes who earned degrees in 2018 at the University’s Commencement Ceremony held in the Helms Center.

Twenty-three of the graduated student-athletes were members of Chi Alpha Sigma, eight were members of the Honors College, and four were Leadership Scholars.

During the four years these athletes have achieved seven CIAA Championships, two Conference Carolinas Championships, 11 NCAA Postseason appearances, and seven CIAA Championship finalist teams.


Former John A. Holmes pitcher Dylan Patrick was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region X All-Region first-team for baseball on May 11.

Entering Monday, Patrick, a freshman at Pitt Community College, has made 11 appearances with six starts on the mound.

The right-hander has a 6-0 record with a 3.24 earned run average in 41 2/​3 innings pitched.

Patrick has already pitched a five-inning perfect game against New River Community College on April 29 and posted a no-hitter against Lenoir Community College in five innings on April 22.

Both contests were wins for Pitt.

The Bulldogs (30-11-1, 20-2 Region X) won the region’s regular-season championship and are the No. 1 seed in the Region X/​Southeast District tournament.

Patrick was a member of the 2017 Edenton baseball team that won the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) Class 2A state championship last June.

Patrick was named the series most outstanding player in the Aces’ two game to zero sweep of R-S Central in the 2A championship series.