Canevin alum returning to RMU as assistant coach
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Keri Meyer is coming home.
The Bishop Canevin alumnus and Carnegie native was introduced last week as an addition to the coaching staff at Robert Morris – her alma mater, and the place she found success as a college player.
“It is really exciting,” Meyer said. “It is something I have always dreamed about as a player. I am looking forward to moving home and being around my family and friends.”
Meyer is one of the most accomplished players in the history of the Colonial program. During the program's run to the 2005 NCAA tournament, she batted a .418 – a single season record that stands to this day. She had a league-leading .472 on-base percentage that season and was named the Northeast Conference Player of the Year.
During her four seasons at Robert Morris, she led the Colonials to a pair of NEC regular-season titles and was a three-time All-NEC honoree. She still ranks in the top ten of program history for batting average (.342), hits (165), RBI (77), doubles (29) and walks (46).
Meyer was inducted into the RMU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012.
“Bringing back Keri Meyer to RMU as an assistant coach is a great step forward for our program,” Robert Morris coach Craig Coleman said in a press release. “Not only was she a great player and also a RMU Hall of Famer, but she now has years of coaching experience, including two as a head coach. She'll be a huge asset to us going forward.”
Meyer got head coaching experience at Monroe College, a junior college in the Bronx. The Mustangs finished the 2014 season with a 22-17 record, a vast improvement from the 12-28 record in 2013.
“It was a different level,” Meyer said. “What I liked was kids work hard and use the junior college as a stepping stone.
“I was able to really develop the players.”
She had previously been an assistant with Fairleigh Dickinson – another member of the Northeast Conference – for two seasons and spent a year at Robert Morris after graduating.
“When I was a player, I stared really thinking about the future,” Meyer said “(Coleman) mentioned coaching and being a grad assistant for a year. He had confidence that it was something i would be solid at.
“Once I started coaching as a grad assistant, I realized it was something I loved.”
Meyer also spent several years as a hitting and fielding instructor at ProSwing of Port Chester Athletic Training Facility, a New York center specializing in training youths in softball and baseball.
While softball has taken her on a long trek, Meyer is excited about the chance to go back to where it started.
“I have been gone from the area for seven years,” Meyer said. “I always say I am kind of a homebody who didn't live at home. I love Pittsburgh.”
The Colonials are a member of the Northeast Conference. They went 24-25 during the 2014 season. Coleman has led the team since 2005.
Nathan Smith is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @NSmith_Trib.
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