Micah Cewe (pronounced Sea-Wie) enters his 10th season as head coach of the Ashford University volleyball team this fall and is continuing to build on successes that have seen the Saints continue gradual improvement from year-to-year.
Cewe and the Saints are coming off a 24-16 record in 2013 that saw the team advance to the championship game of the 2013 Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) Volleyball Championship in Clinton, Iowa, where the Saints put a scare into top-seeded Cal State San Marcos before falling in four sets.
Four Saints were named First Team All-A.I.I., while junior Samantha Schultz was named A.I.I. Libero of the Year and Victoria Day earned A.I.I. Freshman of the Year honors. In addition, Cewe helped guide Day to the AVCA Southwest Region Freshman of the Year award and a spot on the region's honorable mention squad along with teammate Schultz.
In 2012, the Saints made a smooth transition from the Midwest Collegiate Conference (MCC) to the A.I.I. by earning a berth in the A.I.I. Volleyball Tournament semifinals. The Saints won 23 matches, the second-most during Cewe’s tenure, and knocked off ranked opponents such as #21-ranked Cornerstone University (Mich.) and #23-ranked Bellevue University (Neb.).
Ashford earned top-billing as host of the 2012 Saints Invitational Volleyball Tournament after recording an undefeated 4-0 record which included the aforementioned upset of Bellevue.
Four student-athletes were named to the All-A.I.I. teams and a pair, sophomores Morgan Martells and Karrah Toby, claimed American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Northwest Region accolades.
The Saints are three years removed from a fourth place regular season finish in their final season as members of the MCC. AU claimed the most league wins (6) in recent memory and a berth in the MCC Volleyball Tournament Semifinals.
After serving as the assistant coach for the 2004 season, Cewe was elevated to head coach and hired in Feburary 2005. The Saints reached the exclusive 20-win standard last season for the fifth consecutive time under Cewe's direction and he has brought in and developed players in his program that have received conference, regional and national accolades.
Cewe and his staff once again had the program better itself with a school-record 28-win season in 2010, a six-game margin that was then the precedent in 2009.
In Cewe's rookie season at the controls, the Saints finished the 2005 campaign by accumulating more wins than any other AU volleyball team in school history at the time. Ashford ended up with an overall record of 21-12 and finished third in the Midwest Collegiate Conference.
Cewe improved his previous school record as he led Ashford to 22 wins on the court in 2008-09, advancing to the semifinals of the MCC Tournament. In a testament to the team's outstanding academic prowess, 14 members of the squad landed on the Academic All-MCC list and three were honored as NAIA Daktronics-Scholar Athletes.
To date, he has witnessed his players receive all-conference honors 27 times, Academic All-MCC accolades 47 times and helped multi-category school record holder Jenny Buelow become AU's first NAIA All-American at the time since track and field's Aaron Burns (2005). A total of 15 student-athletes have also garnered Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete accolades.
While serving as an assistant coach for the Saints in 2004, he helped the women sustain a winning season, improving their overall record to 16-14. Cewe also helped the Saints finish in a tight three-way tie for second place in the MCC while successfully winning a postseason tournament game.
Cewe served Ashford during his undergraduate years as a member of the men's basketball team, earning Academic All-MCC honors in 2003 and 2004. A 2005 graduate of Ashford University, he is married to his wife, Trina, and they reside together in nearby Camanche with their daughters, Tenley and Taedyn.
The Saints Under Cewe (2005-Present)
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The Cewe File
Kelsay McCausland returns to the Ashford University sidelines for her second year working with the program as an assistant coach.
McCausland closed the book on an outstanding career in the fall of 2010. She was a two-time First Team All-Midwest Collegiate Conference (MCC) performer for the Saints while also twice landing on the Honorable Mention All-MCC squad. In addition, the Camanche, Iowa-native was listed as a 2009 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Midwest Region Honorable Mention team honoree.
She appeared in 168 matches throughout her career in purple and gold, recording 1,394 kills in the process. In addition, the former middle blocker also notched 509 blocks, 369 digs and 104 service aces during that time.
For the Saints, her main responsibilities will include assisting Head Coach Micah Cewe with many aspects of the program including recruiting, opponent scouting and something that she was familiar with in her old position at AU, academic success. McCausland comes to the athletic realm after spending the last year working in the Office of Student Success on the AU Clinton Campus.
A Camanche High School graduate, McCausland was a two-time First Team All-Big East Conference selection for the Indians while earning the league's Player of the Year award as a senior. Additionally, she earned Honorable Mention All-State accolades during her senior campaign.
McCausland graduated from Ashford in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in public relations/marketing and graphic design. She is currently enrolled in the master's of business administration degree program at AU. She resides in Camanche.