Meredith Schamun was hired in March 2020 and enters her first season as the head coach at Penn.
Schamun (pronounced shah-MOON) came to Penn from the Main Line, as she helped Villanova to a 39-23 record in two seasons as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Wildcats. A highly decorated setter at Rice University, Schamun also served two seasons as an assistant coach at Tulane and two seasons at UCF following a professional playing career.
“Meredith impressed our search committee with her experience, technical knowledge, leadership and passion for volleyball,” the T. Gibbs Kane, Jr. W'69 Director of Athletics and Recreation Dr. M. Grace Calhoun said at the time of her hiring. “She was an outstanding student-athlete at Rice and has a true appreciation for the Ivy model of intercollegiate athletics, which provides an unrivaled academic and athletic experience for our student-athletes. Her recruiting connections around the country, especially in her native Southern California, will serve the program well. I look forward to watching Penn volleyball compete for Ivy League championships in the future.”
Schamun helped Villanova to a pair of Big East Tournament appearances and a combined 23-13 record in conference play. In 2019, the Wildcats were 22-9 overall and 13-5 in the Big East and ranked 60th in the final NCAA RPI (out of 335 teams). She coached the Wildcat offense which finished second in the league in hitting percentage and trained Villanova’s all-time assist leader Emma Decker, who earned a spot on the All-Big East team.
Evan Feltz was hired in September 2020 and is in his first year with the Penn volleyball program..
A graduate of Saint Francis University (Pa.), Feltz came to Penn after spending the 2019 season on Dani Busboom Kelly’s staff at the University of Louisville as a volunteer assistant. The Cardinals went 22-10 last season and advanced to the NCAA Championship quarterfinal round for the first time in program history.
In addition to his stint at Louisville, Feltz has coaching experience at the club level with both Vanguard Volleyball Club and KIVA Sports.
A native of Westerville, Ohio, Feltz played Division I volleyball at Saint Francis for four years and helped the Red Flash earn runner-up finishes in the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) in 2016 and 2017. As a senior, the outside hitter made 14 starts and played 202 sets with 34 aces, 99 digs and 33 blocks. He hit .265 as a senior and scored 268.5 points. Feltz ended his final season with 138 kills, 24 aces, 69 digs, and 18 blocks. As a junior, he appeared in 28 of SFU’s 29 matches and recorded 62 kills, 22 digs and seven service aces.
Feltz graduated from Saint Francis with a degree in marketing and a minor in sports management.
Trevor Weiskircher was hired as an assistant coach with the women's volleyball program in July 2021. His first season on Penn's staff started with three straight wins, the Quakers winning their own Sheraton University City Invitational, and ended with the program's first true sweep of an Ivy League weekend since the 2012 season as Penn beat both Cornell and Columbia by 3-0 scores at The Palestra. Junior outside hitter Autumn Leak earned second-team All-Ivy honors as the Red and Blue exceeded preseason expectations.
Weiskircher came to Penn from the University of Alabama, where he was a volunteer assistant coach with the Crimson Tide’s women’s volleyball programs in 2020. Prior to his stint at Alabama, Weiskircher was the graduate assistant and director of operations for Northern Illinois University’s women’s volleyball program during the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
Weiskircher played men’s volleyball collegiately at Lewis University from 2015-17 and was part of the Flyers’ run to the national championship match in 2015 against Loyola-Chicago. He was a member of the Academic All-MIVA team all three seasons and earned All-MIVA honorable mention in 2016. After graduation, Weiskircher played professionally in Greece for GAS Pamvohaikos where his team finished fourth in the A1 Ethniki Volleyball League.
Weiskircher earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Physics from Lewis in 2017 and a Master of Science in Sport Management from Northern Illinois University in 2020.