Brenda (Kratz) Bechler played four years of field hockey and softball at EMU while earning a B.S. in health and physical education, becoming certified to teach K-12. She spent four years as assistant field hockey coach before taking over the field hockey program as head coach. During her tenure the Lady Royals have won four conference championships and advanced to the national tournament. She also spent one year as head softball coach at Eastern Mennonite High School and two years as head softball coach at EMU.
Her coaching motto for her players is, “When you want what you’ve never had, you must do what you’ve never done.”
Bechler earned a master of science in exercise science from James Madison University in 2002, and in 2005 became a member of the faculty in the EMU physical education department.
Bechler and husband Dave live in Harrisonburg with their two children, Brett and Shay.
Twenty two years as EMU’s Men’s Soccer Coach: 1991 Present, In 2012, his team finished 8th in the ODAC regular season before losing in the conference quarter-final 2-1 to ODAC Champion Roanoke College. Mast has put together an impressive resume with his teams advancing to the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Finals five times and the NCAA Division III “Round of Sixteen” in 1998. He has twice been named ODAC “Coach of the Year” and also received Virginia State Coach of the Year honors from the Virginia Sports Information Directors in 1998. His record during his tenure is 202-186-35.
A graduate of Eastern Mennonite University Mast also received his EdD in Educational Leadership: Higher Education in 2007 from Argosy University. He also holds a MS degree in Health & Physical Education: 1990 from West Chester University.
Mast also holds an NSCAA: National, Advanced National, & Premiere Diploma. He is the Director of Kick’s Soccer Camp: 1986-present He has served as an NCAA Division III Championships Committee Member 1996-1998, and as Chair in 1998 and as a Virginia Western District ODP Coach 2000-01, and Virginia ODP State Assessor 2001; and served as a Shenandoah Valley United Soccer Association Board Member and on their Travel Oversight Committee from 1998-2011.
Coach Mast lives in Harrisonburg and loves spending time with his wife Cheryl, and sons Mark (20) and Grayson (16). He serves is an active member both at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church and in the local community. He enjoys the outdoors, sports, traveling, playing guitar, and wood working.
Dave began his professional career in the alumni office at EMU before moving to Lancaster, PA where he taught elementary and middle school Physical Education, was the athletic director and coached several sports. After receiving his master’s degree, he served as Executive Director at Camp Hebron for five years. In 1991, he was invited to Lancaster Mennonite High School where he served for 14 years as Athletic Director along with various administrative duties, including Middle School Principal. He returned to EMU to carry out his vision for an athletic program of excellence through which Christian character is developed.
Lucinda Schlabach , Office Manager (Nineteenth Year, Hesston ’73)
Lucinda Schlabach continues this year in her 19th year as Athletics/Physical Education Office Manager. Before working at EMU, she was a part-time secretary and receptionist for nine years at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church. She attended Hesston College, where she obtained her Associate of Arts degree in 1973.
Lucinda lives in Harrisonburg with her husband Merlin. They have three grown children who also reside Harrisonburg.