Ault named head coach at GW
Coach named ninth in Colonials 36-year history
WASHINGTON, DC -- Amanda Ault has been named as Head Coach for the George Washington University volleyball program, GW Senior Associate Director of Athletics, Mary Jo Warner has announced. Ault, who becomes the ninth Colonials volleyball coach in the program's 36-year history, replaces Jojit Coronel who resigned in January to accept a coaching position at Texas Tech University.
Ault comes to GW from the University of Michigan where she has served as a Wolverines' assistant coach for the past three seasons. At Michigan, she was responsible for recruiting and setters in addition to scouting opponents, practice planning and day-to-day operations.
"I am thrilled and honored to accept the position as the head volleyball coach at The George Washington University," Ault said. "I would like to thank Mary Jo Warner and the entire athletics staff for this wonderful opportunity. I believe this is truly an exciting time for the future of George Washington athletics and I am looking forward to being a part of it all."
No stranger to Atlantic 10 volleyball, Ault served seven seasons as an assistant and associate head coach at Xavier from 2001-07. She helped lead the Musketeers to NCAA Tournament appearances in 2001 and `07. Four of those Musketeer teams won 20 or more matches including a 24-11 mark in `07.
Primarily responsible for the setters at Xavier, Ault played a major role in coaching the 2005 A-10 Rookie of the Year as well as a two-time A-10 Setter of the Year. During her seven seasons in Cincinnati, Ault was part of a staff that produced 17 A-10 All-Conference honors, two A-10 Rookies of the Year, two A-10 Players of the Year, one Atlantic 10 Student-Athlete of the Year and one CoSIDA Academic All-America of the Year selection.
"Amanda brings great experience to the volleyball position, especially her years as associate coach at Xavier," Warner said. "She has the expertise and leadership to elevate GW to the next level."
Prior to her stint at Xavier, Ault spent two seasons as an assistant at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. The Cardinals posted a 41-26 record during her tenure. While at Lamar, Ault earned a master's degree in kinesiology with a sports administration emphasis.
The Farmington Hills, Mich., native is a 1999 graduate of Central Michigan University with a bachelor of science degree in health fitness. Ault was a standout setter for the Chippewas from 1994-98 and ranks fourth on Central Michigan's all-time assists list with 2,688.
She takes over a GW volleyball team that returns five starters from last year's 17-15 (6-9 A-10) team including A-10 All-Conference Second Team performer, Lauren Whyte.