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D3 Coaching Changes

The local coaching landscape at the Division-III level experienced quite the shakeup last week as multiple programs announced personnel changes. 

Josh Copskey, who spent the previous four seasons as head coach at Penn State-Abington, is now at the helm at Immaculata. He brings an impressive resume that includes a NEAC Championship and an NCAA Regional appearance. His club also received the ABCA Academic Excellence award in each of the past two seasons. 

"I am thrilled and could not be happier about the opportunity to build something special here at Immaculata University, and I am extremely excited to take on the challenge of competing in the Atlantic East Conference," Copskey said in a statement. 

Before his time at Penn State-Abington, Copskey spent time as an assistant coach while managing recruitment at Rutgers-Camden where he helped lead the club to back-to-back Conference Championships. 

Kevin Schneider, who had spent five years with the Macs, steps away with a career record of 87-62 (.584). He led the Macs to the Atlantic East Championship last year before the club fell to Marymount. 

The search for Copskey's replacement at Penn State-Abington is ongoing. 

Elsewhere in the region last week, former Cairn head coach Phil Shallenberger was named head coach at Messiah. 

"We are so excited to welcome Phill into the Messiah community as our new head baseball coach.," said Athletic Director Sarah Gustin-Hamrock on Thursday. "Phill's passion for wholistic student-athlete development and his enthusiasm for baseball was evident from the start. He brings a strong track record of coaching experience and a commitment to building team culture." 

Shallenberger spent four seasons at Cairn as head coach, leading the Highlanders to their first-ever CSAC Tournament berth in 2019 when the program reached the Conference Championship, and he was named CSAC Coach of the Year. 

Upon Shallengerger's departure in June, the Highlanders named Brett Marks to the head coach position. Marks was a standout player for Cairn for four seasons (2016-2019) and pieced together an outstanding career as a catcher, earning him first-team honors on Cairn's All-Decade Team for the 2010s.

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