BRONXVILLE, N.Y. – A pair of sports programs at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville will be under new leadership when the school year kicks off in September.
Jillian Kalvik has been named the new head coach of the women’s volleyball team that looks to repeat as Hudson Valley Women’s Athletic Conference champions, while Unity Beddingfield has been appointed as the coach of the women’s soccer team, which enters its first season as a varsity sport.
Both positions were highly coveted, with dozens of applications coming in from around the country, said Kristin Maile, the director of athletics and physical education at Sarah Lawrence. Ultimately, the experience of the two candidates separated them from other coaching hopefuls.
Kalvik brings nearly a decade of coaching experience, including four seasons coaching intercollegiate volleyball. She was most recently an assistant coach at Eckerd College, where just two years ago the Tritons went 27-5 and made it to Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division II Women’s Volleyball Championship.
The new head volleyball coach was an accomplished student athlete while playing at Concordia University, where she set team records in kills and kills per set.
“I’m excited to work with the whole athletics staff, through the transition to full NCAA D-III membership and into the Skyline Conference,” Kalvik said. “I look forward to training with the existing team and recruiting to this outstanding academic institution.”
When the Gryphons hit the soccer field for the first time against York College on Sept. 5, they’ll do so with a veteran coach leading them from the sideline. Beddingfield has more than two decades of playing experience and has coached for 10 years. She comes to Sarah Lawrence after one year as head coach at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.
“Unity will make an immediate, positive impact on campus,” Maile said. “We had a deep pool of candidates for the position, but Unity was a clear choice. Her experience in coaching and background in education will be assets to the women’s soccer team and to our physical education classes.”
Beddingfield, who was a three-year player at Cal State San Bernardino, said that it is important that her team players work hard in the weight room and in the classroom.
“I am looking forward to the season and being competitive in our conference,” she said. “My goal is to develop young women to compete on the field and succeed in the classroom.”
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