Amanda Ault begins her third season as Associate Head Coach and is entering her seventh year with the Musketeers. In 2006, Xavier posted 10 A-10 victories under the tutelage of Ault for the third consecutive season and made it's ninth straight A-10 Championship appearance.
Ault saw the Musketeers post a 20-win season in 2005, which was the third time an XU squad had reached that mark in her five years with the program. In addition to a stellar record, Ault also guided the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year, the Atlantic 10 Student-Athlete of the Year and the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America of the Year as well as five A-10 All-Conference selections.
In 2004, Ault helped Xavier to its first Atlantic 10 regular season title since 1998 and posted the best A-10 record in school history at 12-2. She saw the Musketeers garner four All-Conference team honors, one All-Rookie team member and the A-10 Setter of the Year and Student-Athlete of the Year awards return home with XU.
"She brings excitement and energy to the team," Head Coach Floyd Deaton said, "She is the greatest compliment to me as a coach and that is what makes us better. She has had enough experiences now to know what it takes to be a good head coach."
Her primary duties include coordinating recruiting and travel while working with the setters during practice. Ault made an immediate impact at Xavier as she helped lead the team to its only Atlantic 10 Championship during her first year on campus in 2001.
Ault came to Xavier from Lamar University in Texas where she served in a similar position for two seasons. The Cardinals went 41-26 over that span including a 24-11 mark in 2000 as the team advanced to the Southland Conference Championship Match. While at Lamar, Ault received her master's in kinesiology with a sports administration emphasis.
Before her collegiate coaching career, Ault was one of the best setters in Central Michigan University history finishing fourth all-time with 2,688 career assists. She also had the second-best single-season assists total in Chippewas' history with 1,365 and ranked as high as 11th in NCAA Division I assists for a single season.
Ault, who graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in health fitness in 1999 from CMU, is a native of Farmington Hills, Mich. As a prep player for Farmington Harrison High School, she was named All-State, All-Region and All-Conference in volleyball. She also earned four varsity letters in softball and basketball.
Ault, 30, resides in Cincinnati.