PHILADELPHIA – Former Messiah College volleyball standout Luke Reichel will join the University of Pennsylvania volleyball coaching staff, replacing the departed Shawna Turbyfill, as announced by head coach Kerry Carr on Wednesday.
At Messiah, Reichel served as the captain for for the 2008 National Intramural Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) Division II national champions, earning first-team all-conference and first-team all-national honors that season. The three-year captain was a four-time first-team all-conference member and also garnered first-team all-national honors in 2009 in addition to honorable mention all-national accolades in 2006 and 2007. Messiah won three straight conference championships (2006-08) during Reichel’s tenure.
As team president from 2007-09, Reichel developed the team budget, planned practice times, made travel arrangements and was in charge of scheduling. He planned, organized, and implemented fundraising activities and was in charge of maintaining the team’s website.
As a freshman, Reichel was elected as the team treasurer and was in charge of all financial records for the team.
Reichel has served as a coach and counselor at numerous volleyball camps, including Camp Director of the Northern Virginia Volleyball Association’s (NVVA) Summer Camps in 2008. With the NVVA, he created the first summer camp program and curriculum, controlling all aspects for five individual camps designed for varying age groups. He also spent two years as a coach at the Appalachian State University Summer Camp.
Reichel graduated from Messiah College in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing.
Penn opens preseason camp on Friday and begins its regular season on September 4, when the Quakers host to Temple at 7 p.m. on the first day of the Big Five Tournament.