Volleyball's Katie Schumacher-Cawley Earns Contract Extension

Schumacher-Cawley will remain UIC's head coach through 2017.
Schumacher-Cawley will remain UIC's head coach through 2017.

March 18, 2013

CHICAGO - UIC Director of Athletics Jim Schmidt announced a four-year contract extension for UIC head volleyball coach Katie Schumacher-CawleyMonday. The extension, which is pending University Board of Trustees approval, will keep Schumacher-Cawley as the Flames' leader through 2017.

"We're very proud of the steady progression that our volleyball program has achieved under Coach Schumacher-Cawley," said Athletic Director Jim Schmidt. "Her teams have performed well both on the court and in the classroom, and our program's recruiting has improved every year. Katie is well-deserving of this extension, and we are excited about her leading our volleyball program for years to come."

Schumacher-Cawley wrapped up her fourth season as UIC's head coach in 2012, when she led the Flames to a runner-up finish in the Horizon League Championship, along with a second-place finish during the regular season. UIC won 11-of its final 14 matches.

In Schumacher-Cawley's four seasons as the Flames' mentor, UIC has collected eight All-Horizon League selections, including three this past fall, and three All-Tournament plaudits. In her first season as a head coach in 2009, Schumacher-Cawley led the Flames to their best Horizon League finish since 2006. UIC finished 8-8 in conference play to earn fifth-place, improving from an eighth-place finish of 5-11 in 2008, before making a run to the Horizon League Tournament semifinals for the first time in three years.

"I would like to thank Athletic Director Jim Schmidt, [associate athletic director] Tonya McGowan, [special assistant to athletics] Denny Wills, the rest of the administration and my assistant coaches for their support and dedication to the UIC volleyball program," said Schumacher-Cawley. "I am very excited and grateful for the opportunity to lead this program and to continue to build off of the last several seasons.

"I would also like to extend my thanks to Dr. Paula Allen-Meares and Dr. Barbara Henley for their unwavering support for UIC Volleyball," Schumacher-Cawley added. "This truly is a special university and athletic department and I am very lucky to be a part of the Flames family. It is a great place to coach and play volleyball because of the great traditions of academic and athletic excellence. My staff and I will continue to build on our past success and strive daily to win championships.

"I am fortunate to work with Assistant Coaches Ellen Hayes, Josh Wielebnicki, and Volunteer Assistant Travis Bluemling, who are not only fine representations of this University, but also who continually put this program and players as a top priority. I would also like to thank our tireless support staff who work with our student-athletes on a daily basis: academic advising, strength and conditioning, and the training room, marketing, tickets and sports information.

"Finally, I would like to thank all of the players that have come through this program. We have had and continue to have a great group of young women here who have taken ownership in moving this program forward. Through recruiting great student-athletes and good people, the sky is the limit for the UIC volleyball now and in the future. I am truly looking forward to next season as well as many more to come."

Schumacher-Cawley took over the program in December of 2008 after spending the previous six seasons as an assistant coach at UIC, including the last five as the top assistant.

Her volleyball pedigree includes All-America accolades and the 1999 NCAA Division I National Championship during a decorated four-year career at Penn State from 1998-2001. Schumacher-Cawley was a state and national volleyball champion for local prep powerhouse Mother McAuley from 1993-1997, garnering Player of the Year honors from The Star newspaper and earning the prestigious title of Chicago Sun-Times Female Athlete of the Year in 1997.