Two Coaches and Trainer Join MMA Athletics Staff

CASTINE — Two new coaches and a new athletic trainer are the latest additions to the staff at Maine Maritime Academy.

Penny Graves will make her volleyball debut when the Lady Mariners take the court at home on Saturday, Sept. 1, in their season opener.

Graves will also take on the duties of head softball coach, replacing Katrina Dagan, who resigned from both positions earlier this year.

The 1999 National Fast Pitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Region VI Coach of the Year, Graves has developed five All-Americans and produced 40 scholar-athletes between her stints at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (Calif.) and Adams State (Colo.) colleges.

She has also coached varsity and club volleyball and softball at Oberlin (Ohio). Graves led Claremont-Mudd-Scripps’ soft-ball to 1997 and 1999 championships in the highly competitive Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC). She took the 1997 team into the NCAA Softball Championship West Regional, while her volleyball teams made four NCAA Regional appearances.

Graves has a proven track record of building programs in a hurry. As a volleyball coach, she inherited a team that went 7-20 in her first season at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.

She added six wins to the total a year later before producing a 17-12 mark in her third season at the helm. Her softball team went from 6-30 to 25-13 over the course of a single season, including a 22-2 mark in SCIAC play.

Her softball teams posted 25 or more wins for each of her final seasons at CMS.

Following her stint at CMS, Graves moved on to Division II Adams State where she coached volleyball for two seasons and softball for five. In 2003, her softball team posted 18 victories, her high water mark in Alamosa.

Joining head coach Travers Evans on the mens’ and women’s soccer staff will be Keith Williams II, a 2012 graduate of the University of Maine at Fort Kent.

Willliams will work under the direction of Evans and alongside second-year assistant Marc Goulet, guiding both the men’s and women’s teams.

Hailing from Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, Williams enjoyed a distinguished career as a striker at UMFK, piling up 65 career goals and 27 assists.

In 2008 and 2010, he was given honorable mention on the NAIA All-America Team. He was named a USCAA All-American in 2010 and an NAIA All-American in 2011.

A four-time All-Sunrise Conference selection, Williams was the league’s Rookie of the Year in 2008 after scoring 29 goals and assisting on 15.

Williams graduated from UMFK with a degree in business.

Richard Osheim of San Lorenzo, Calif., will join the MMA athletic training staff, working with recently hired new head athletic trainer Heather A. Linnell.

Osheim served as Castro Valley High School’s head athletic trainer last year, caring for the athletes of 23 programs.

In addition to his work at Castro Valley, Osheim was a volunteer assistant with the San Jose Sabercats of the Arena Football League. In that capacity, he assisted with daily operations of the training room, while providing practice and game coverage.

A 2009 graduate of San Jose State, Osheim is currently wrapping up his Master’s Degree in Athletic Training at Fresno Pacific University.

He has obtained credentials as an athletic trainer certified, corrective exercise specialist and emergency medical technician.

He worked for two years as an EMT with Norcal Ambulance.

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