Meagan Hillard is in her second season at the helm of the SUNY Delhi softball program for the 2019-20 year. She was named head coach in the winter of 2019, quickly establishing the Broncos into a competitor during the college's transition to NCAA Division III.
Inheriting a roster of just 13 student-athletes and the program coming off an 0-27 season, Hillard swiftly transformed the Broncos to an 11-15 outing in 2019, marking the program's first double-digit win season in three years, and making the ACAA Tournament. It also saw the coronation of junior Sierra Keesler being named a Second Team USCAA All-American, becoming Delhi's first All-American since 2016.
Hillard contributes to the Broncos a versatile background in softball, being a utility player for the Panthers all four years and assistant coach for two. She captured the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) Academic All-Conference for 2013, 2015, and 2016, and the college's Scholar-Athlete Award for 2013, 2015, and 2016. She was named a captain for the 2015 and 2016 seasons, where she accumulated 26 runs, four home runs, 106 putouts, and 50 assists.
As an assistant coach, she worked closely with outfielders ensuring the proper mechanics and shared duties of hitting coach. She also developed workouts, circuits, yearly goals, team activities, and fundraising ideas. Hillard organized and supervised pitcher/catcher clinics for youths.
Hillard earned her Bachelor's of Science in Athletic Training in 2016. She completed two internships at Houghton College and St. Bonaventure University, and two clinicals at Pitt-Bradford and Portville Central School.
While completing her undergraduate degree, Hillard was involved with the Athletic Training Club Treasurer and Senior Gift Campaign. She was in charge of club account funds, organizing work shifts, and assisted in developing strategies to meet the donor's challenge.
Gregory Keesler is in his third year as the SUNY Delhi assistant softball coach for the 2019 season. The father of current SUNY Delhi infielder Sierra Keesler, this is Keesler's second year as the Broncos' top assistant coach after spending his first year in 2017 as the volunteer assistant coach.
Keesler led the program during the 2018 fall season prior to the arrival of new head coach Meagan Hillard. That following spring saw Keesler and Hillard turn around a team that finished 0-27 the year before to an 11-15 mark in 2019, despite carrying a roster of 13 players.
Keesler, who is from Walton, NY and has 14 years of local softball coaching experience, has served as a softball coach in various capacities in the Hancock area. These include the Hancock Youth Leagues and serving as the assistant coach at Hancock High School. He has also coached several club teams, including the Nep Nitro 16-U Travel Team, Nep Nitro 16-U and 18-U Fastpitch Travel Teams, and the Chaos 18-U Fastpitch Team. Keesler also started and ran the East Branch Softball League from 2006 to 2012.
In his first season with the Broncos in 2017, Keesler helped coach the infielders, and played a big part in the team’s recruitment. SUNY Delhi competed at the inaugural ACAA Tournament at SUNY Canton, where infielder Sierra Becht was named to the All-Tournament Team.