Regina dipped into a talent reservoir that has served it well in naming a new volleyball coach. Regina athletic director Bret Jones said that former Iowa volleyball captain Megan Eskew will take over the Regal program this fall.
“She came very highly recommended from (Sharon Dingman), the coach there at Iowa,” Jones said. “We certainly like her knowledge of the game and her enthusiasm and also the connectedness to Iowa, which obviously has been successful for us here in other programs.”
Eskew, 24, was an outside hitter and spent five seasons at Iowa, redshirting one year after an ACL injury. She was captain of the team her junior and senior seasons and an Academic all-Big Ten selection all four years. She graduated with an accounting degree.
“What Megan had as an athlete, she has in every aspect of life: an amazing work ethic and competitive spirit,” Dingman said. “As a coach, she is demanding and she couples that with a level of patience that will create a wonderful learning environment.”
Eskew’s work ethic is something of a standard in the Iowa volleyball program, whether in season or out.
“I have a desire to win and compete at every drill, every point,” Eskew told Hawkeyesports.com. “I strive to be the hardest worker all the time.”
She also showed her competitive mettle by playing on the front line in the Big Ten while standing just 5-foot-9.
“She’s been active in volleyball here in the area for a while now,” Jones said. “Her dad was a high school coach for 20-something years and a college coach for a couple years. She comes from a powerhouse school (Chicago Marist).”
Eskew’s appointment is subject to board approval.
Megan Streb, a former Regal player, was Regina’s coach last season on an interim basis, taking over just before the beginning of the season when the previous coach took a job in Dubuque. Jones said that Streb did not apply for the position.