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East Central College has named Lisa Mathes-Peters its new head volleyball coach. She replaces Brad Bruns who resigned this spring after four seasons with the Falcons.

Mathes-Peters has been head volleyball coach at the University of Sioux Falls since 2005, guiding the Cougars to a record of 95-126. 

Prior to the move to South Dakota, she was head coach at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC), where she led the Bears to a 61-32 record.  She also mentored two second team All-Americans, two first team All-Region selections and three second team All-Region honourees.  A native of Dallas, Iowa, Mathes-Peters joined the DMACC staff after serving as the assistant coach at Indian Hills Community College from 1999-2003.

"Coach Mathes-Peters has the coaching experience at the intercollegiate level to lead a successful NJCAA volleyball program,” said Dr. Jay Mehrhoff, director of athletics at ECC.  “She will work to continue the recent level of achievement since the program was reinstated in 2007."

Mathes-Peters was a middle blocker at Indian Hills Community College and graduated from there in 1997.  She went on to play basketball at Simpson College where she earned a bachelor’s degree in sports administration with a coaching endorsement in 1999.  Last year she completed her master’s degree in physical education and health at the University of Sioux Falls.  In addition to her coaching duties at the USF, Mathes-Peters was coordinator of academic success.

“I am very excited to be the next head coach at East Central and excited to continue the great tradition started here by Coach Bruns,” Mathes-Peters said.  “I look forward to meeting the team and talking with them about our plans on winning the conference title again one match at a time.  I know that the program graduated some very key players and I look forward to seeing what players step up and fill those roles.”

During her tenure at USF, eight players earned the NAIA Scholar Athlete award and her 2009 and 2010 teams earned NAIA and American Volleyball Coaches Association team scholar awards.  Last season was USF’s second (provisional) year in the NCAA Division II.  The school is leaving the Great Plains Athletic Conference and will join the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference in 2012.   

The move to Missouri will bring Coach Mathes-Peters and her husband, Tim, closer to his family in Washington, MO.  The couple has a 10 month old son, Blake.

Since the return of volleyball to ECC four years ago, the Falcons have compiled a record of 118-57.  Under Coach Bruns the team won three NJCAA Region 16/District O championships and made appearances in three NJCAA national tournaments.  Last fall they were undefeated in Midwest Community College Athletic Conference action, becoming the first team other than Jefferson College to win the outright conference title in over 30 years.

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