Shriver takes over as HU women’s coach

Heidelberg’s women’s basketball program has been without a coach since early March.

Since then, the program’s remaining assistant coach, Morgan Shriver, managed to get 13 commitments from players to come to the school.

“She’s taken the lead over the last four months, headed up a recruiting efforts and done a great job,” said HU Athletic Director Matt Palm. “The fact that there’s 13 kids committed was very impressive to us.”

Keep in mind, these players had no idea what Shriver’s status would be, and had no idea who the head coach would be.

But they believed in Shriver.

On Thursday, Heidelberg’s administration sent the message that it did, too.

The school has named Shriver, a 2009 HU graduate who was a four-year letterwinner for the program, as its coach, replacing Marcie Alberts.

Shriver spent the last two seasons assisting Alberts.

“This is always been my dream, since I set foot on Heidelberg’s campus,” Shriver said, “to lead this program.

“I’m honored to have the privilege and opportunity. [We will] focus on developing the athletes academically as well as socially and athletically.”

Heidelberg has had some lean years on the court. The program hasn’t had a winning season in more than a decade, and is coming off a 6-19 season.

Palm, said he’s confident Shriver can turn things around.

“For only having two years of coaching experience, she’s mature beyond her years,” Palm said. “Throughout the process, she presented a great vision.”

Shriver’s connections at Heidelberg extend to her family. Her husband, Shawn Shriver, was a standout on the men’s basketball 2008 conference tournament championship team.

“Both of us are excited to bring some of that excitement,” Morgan Shriver said.

Shriver is the fourth Heidelberg grad to head up the program. That lists includes Karen McConnell, who coached Shriver in her collegiate career, and Jerry Buccilla, who was recently hired as Tiffin University’s men’s basketball coach.

“We feel like (Shriver’s) gonna have a program where the kids will be outstanding students, grow personally, and they’re gonna have that success on the court as well,” Palm said.