West Windsor, N.J. – Erin Cahill-Wetzel, Coordinator of Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC) Fitness Center and Swimming Pool and Strength and Conditioning Coach, was inducted into the Hun School’s Athletic Hall of Fame this spring.
Cahill-Wetzel was honored along with three other Hun student-athlete alumni for their contributions to the school. She graduated in 1999 after earning 12 varsity letters between basketball, cross country and softball.
Across those sports, Cahill-Wetzel became a local star. In basketball, she was the third female and ninth overall player in Hun history to score 1,000 points. The Trenton Times named her the Prep Runner of the Year after she set three cross country course records in her senior year. And in softball, Cahill-Wetzel was a member of three Prep Championship teams and earned All-State honors in all four years at the school.
After she graduated from TCNJ with her master’s degree in Physical Education, Cahill-Wetzel joined MCCC as an administrative assistant in Athletics and later became head coach for women’s cross country. Her dedication to the sport was evident. The team fielded just two runners in her first season at the helm, but Wetzel’s recruiting efforts helped add five more to the team by the start her second season.
Though she stepped down from women’s cross country, Cahill-Wetzel remains active in Mercer’s athletic community. She currently serves as coordinator of the Fitness Center and Swimming Pool, a role in which she works with Mercer’s teams and community members to create and implement specialized training regimens.
“I really love working with the basketball teams,” Cahill-Wetzel said, noting that her role as a trainer is a natural extension of her coaching career. “Having played it for 10 years and on many different teams, the sport is still very familiar to me and I enjoy now being able to come up with conditioning plans for them.”
Cahill-Wetzel’s passion extends beyond basketball. “The first sports I ever played were soccer and softball, which I started in kindergarten,” she said. “My dad encouraged me to start playing and helped coach my softball and basketball teams, so that helped me grow to love playing those sports.”
Now that she’s in a leadership position, Cahill-Wetzel hopes her passion for athletics rubs off on those she trains.
“One of the things I loved about Hun was how caring the faculty and coaches were,” Cahill-Wetzel said. “Watching them made me want to coach and teach because I could sense how much the they enjoyed what they did.”
She added, “I am grateful I now have a job that allows me to coach, teach, work with students and still be involved in sports. I hope I can inspire people in the Mercer community the same way many of my coaches and teachers at Hun inspired me.”