Athletic Standouts Land Coaching Spots

Posted: July 22, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

It’s that time of the year when college athletic programs make changes in their coaching staffs, and several Mason alumni are among those taking new positions for the 2008-09 year.

Meg Dentler, BA Art and Visual Technology ’06, has been hired as an assistant coach for women’s lacrosse at James Madison University.

Dentler has been a volunteer assistant for women’s lacrosse at Mason for the past three seasons.

As a goalkeeper for Mason’s women’s lacrosse team, she was named first-team all-State by the Virginia Sports Information Directors in 2005 and was the first Mason women’s lacrosse player ever awarded Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Player of the Year honors, also in 2005.

She was a two-time all-American (2004 and 2005). She also garnered CAA first-team recognition in 2003, 2004 and 2005, as well as second-team honors in 2002. She was CAA Rookie of the Year in 2002.

As a senior, Dentler served as a team captain and named Mason’s Student-Athlete of the Year.

She set school records for season (225) and career (855) saves and career saves percentage (.572).

With Dentler as goalkeeper, the lacrosse team went to the CAA Tournament four times.

Kris Grunwald, BA Mathematics ’91, has been named to the University of Arkansas women’s volleyball coaching staff as an assistant coach.

Grunwald has been on the coaching staffs at Auburn University and Ole Miss during his career.

Grunwald was a three-time Asics Honorable Mention All-American and three-time first-team All-East volleyball player while at Mason, and went to the Final Four in 1997.

He earned a master’s degree in mathematics from Florida State University and worked as an assistant coach there for two seasons.

Grunwald also held athletics staff positions at the University of Michigan and Morehead State University.

Jeff Palumbo, BS Administration of Justice ’05, was named assistant coach for baseball at the University of Central Florida. He served previously as an assistant coach at Mason.

While a student, Palumbo played shortstop for Mason’s baseball team. In 2004, he was named the CAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year for Baseball.

Palumbo made the Dean’s List at Mason in seven of his eight semesters and was selected as the school’s Student-Athlete of the Year for 2003-04. He was also the CAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year in baseball in 2003.

As a senior, Palumbo earned first-team All-CAA accolades and received the CAA Defensive Player of the Year award for the second year in a row.

He set school single-season marks for hits and runs and also set Mason career records for hits, runs, at-bats, games played and games started.

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