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Allegheny Statement Regarding Coach Bridget Sheehan

Allegheny's Bridget Sheehan
Allegheny's Bridget Sheehan

Story Courtesy of Allegheny Sports Information Department

Allegheny College head volleyball coach Bridget Sheehan will be stepping away from the team for the 2016 season to tend to a personal illness.

Coach Sheehan was diagnosed with Fallopian cancer early this summer, and is in the midst of aggressive chemotherapy treatments that have required her to take a leave of absence.

Allegheny director of athletics Portia Hoeg said: "I know I speak for our entire community when I say our thoughts and prayers are with Bridget.  Anyone that knows her knows that she is a fighter, and we stand with her as she works toward a full recovery."

While Coach Sheehan undergoes treatment, current assistant coach Kelli Trautmann will serve as the volleyball team's acting head coach.

"Kelli has amassed a great deal of experience in her career as a young coach," said Hoeg.  "I'm confident that she will be able to step in and manage the program while Bridget focuses on her health.  We are all behind Coach Trautmann as the team prepares for and enters the 2016 season."

On October 15, the Allegheny athletic department will host Battle 4 Bridget, a day-long fundraiser to honor Coach Sheehan and the fight against cancer.  On this date, Allegheny will be hosting four athletic events, culminating with a 5 p.m. volleyball match against conference foe Denison.  Funds will be collected at each contest, and will go toward the Yolanda G. Barco Oncology Institute in Meadville.  Fans are encouraged to use the hash tag #Battle4Bridget as they support and recognize Coach Sheehan's fight against cancer.