Brenda Bechler

Brenda Bechler

Main Campus, Harrisonburg

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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.


B.S., Health and Physical Education, Eastern Mennonite University (1995)
M.S., Exercise Science, James Madison University (2002)

Honors, Awards and Grants

ODAC Field Hockey Co-Coach of the Year – 2003
ODAC Field Hockey Coach of the Year – 2007

Certifications and Licenses

American Council on Exercise (ACE) Advanced Health and Fitness Specialist – 2002-present
American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers – 1995-present

Professional Memberships

National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA), 2003-present
America Council on Exercise (ACE), 1995-present

Professional Conferences Attended

NFHCA Annual Convention and Coaches Clinic – Philadelphia (2012)

EMU Service

Athletic Senior Woman Administrator
Hall of Honor Committee