Katie Schumacher-Cawley Honored With UIC INSPIRE Award

Schumacher-Cawley is the recipient of the 2013 UIC INSPIRE Award
Schumacher-Cawley is the recipient of the 2013 UIC INSPIRE Award

Oct. 31, 2013

2013 UIC Employee Recognition Award Recipients

CHICAGO - Katie Schumacher-Cawley, UIC's head volleyball coach, was named the 2013 UIC "INSPIRE" Award winner Wednesday, it was announced by the office of the Chancellor.

As part of Employee Recognition Month at UIC, the award recognizes individuals who have based their work and daily attitudes on UIC's core values of Integrity, Nurturance, Service, Pride, Intellect, Respect and Excellence. Four members of the UIC athletic department nominated Schumacher-Cawley, who has provided long-term, consistent, and outstanding professional service to the UIC community.

The annual Employee Recognition Award Ceremony, held on Nov. 5 this year, is the official start of Employee Recognition Month. Schumacher-Cawley will be presented the INSPIRE award at the ceremony inside the UIC Forum.

"I am extremely flattered and grateful to be a recipient of UIC's INSPIRE Award," said Schumacher-Cawley. "I love what I do and I am very lucky to work at such a great University. My coaching staff and the athletic support staff make UIC a very special place."

A former NCAA All-American and national champion at Penn State, Schumacher-Cawley has been a member of UIC's volleyball coaching staff for 11 years. She served as an assistant coach at UIC for six seasons prior to taking over the program on December 5, 2008.

Schumacher-Cawley is currently in her fifth season at the helm of the program after leading the Flames to the Horizon League Championship in 2012 for the first time since 2006. The team compiled a 10-4 Horizon League record and earned the No. 2 seed heading into the League tournament.

Schumacher-Cawley first broke onto the local sports scene as a prep star for volleyball power Mother McAuley. She was named the 1996 Player of the Year by The Star Newspaper and the 1997 Chicago Sun-Times Female Athlete of the Year, among many awards and highlights, before heading to Penn State.

Schumacher-Cawley was inducted into the prestigious Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame in 2008 for her contributions to the sport of volleyball as an athlete and a coach. She was inducted in a class that featured the likes of Pro Football Hall of Famers Dick Butkus, Gale Sayers and Marv Levy, Chicago Cubs great Andre Dawson and Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.