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Cawley steps down after 13 season at the helm of Volleyball program

Cawley steps down after 13 season at the helm of Volleyball program

MEQUON, Wis.- Joe Cawley, literally 'everybody's good friend' and the life of every Concordia athletics get-together, will not return as head volleyball coach at Concordia Wisconsin this fall.  The personable Cawley served as the CUW women's volleyball coach for 13 seasons, compiling a 221-219 overall record including 104-69 in conference play 

Cawley's best CUW season was 2010 when the champion Falcons finished 11-1 in NAC play and 23-8 overall. 

"After many years of wonderful service from Joe….Concordia will moving towards the hiring of a full-time volleyball coach," explained Director of Athletics Dr. Rob Barnhill.  "Joe has been a tremendous friend and asset to the athletic department and he will be missed in that capacity." 

"It's not just about Joe's longevity ... or the wins and losses," explained Concordia Associate AD Stacey Brunner-Jones.  "Joe has been a teacher, a mentor, and a friend to every athlete and coaching colleague that he's dealt with while a part of this university."

"You can't replace a guy like Joe," added former SID Rick Riehl.  "He is THE most caring, accommodating, and selfless person that I have had the pleasure of dealing with on this campus … and that is saying something because we have so many great folks here."

"I want to thank Ken Witte for hiring me, plus Dr. Rob Barnhill and Dr Patrick T. Ferry for their support. I also want to thank all the players, assistant coaches, fans, and coaching staff in the CUW department who have helped me along the way," said Cawley.

"I would also like to thank Dottie Larson (CUW athletics office manager) for all of her help throughout the years. Dottie was invaluable to me.  I have been blessed with great players and assistants. There have been countless memorable times throughout the past 13 years. I've been surrounded by good people who made me better, and I'll always be grateful for my time here and what we accomplished.  I especially want to thank my family for their support and love over the years," he concluded.

Cawley lives in West Allis, Wis., with his wife, Mary, and their two children, Matt and Sarah.

CUW Volleyball Honorees over the years:

Year        Player                            Postseason Honor

2010        Stephanie Boehm          NCAA Leader in Blocks Per Set       All-NAC First Team

                Lydia Meaden                All-NAC First Team

                Kelsey Lorenzen            All-NAC Second Team

               Tasha Strey                   All-NAC Second Team

               Sarah Schmerber           All-NAC Honorable Mention          All-NAC Sportsmanship

2009       Katie Roessler                NAC Player of the Year                All-NAC First Team

              Stephanie Boehm           All-NAC First Team

              Katy Vanderhyde            All-NAC Sportsmanship

2008      Katie Roessler                NAC Player of the Year              All-NAC First Team

              Stephanie Boehm           All-NAC First Team

2007      Erin Kiesow                    NAC Defensive Player of the Year    All-NAC Second Team

              Katie Roessler                All-NAC First Team

              Annie Mosser                  All-NAC Second Team

              Stephanie Boehm           All-NAC Rookie Team

2006      Katie Roessler                NAC Rookie of the Year             All-NAC Second Team     

              Erin Kiesow                     All-NAC Honorable Mention

              Carrie Herron                  NAC Libero of the Year              All-NAC Honorable Mention

2005     Megan Cattau                  LMC Libero of the Year              All-LMC Honorable Mention

             Michell Hannam                All-LMC

             Erin Jung                          All-LMC Honorable Mention

             Sarah Scheunemann        All-LMC Honorable Mention

             Katie Lane                        All-LMC Rookie Team

2004     Lindsey Uebele                All-LMC

             Michelle Hannam              All-LMC Honorable Mention

             Erin Jung                          All-LMC Honorable Mention

             Sarah Schuenemann        All-LMC Rookie Team

2003     Jessica Zaren                   All-LMC

             Lindsey Uebele               All-LMC Honorable Mention

            Shannon Franszczak        All-LMC Honorable Mention

            Jessica Gabrielsen           All-LMC Honorable Mention

            Ashlee Davis                    All-LMC Rookie Team

2002    Jessica Zaren                 All-LMC

            Shannon Franszczak      All-LMC Honorable Mention

            Jessica Gabrielsen          All-LMC Honorable Mention

            Holli Dague                     All-LMC Rookie Team

2001    Jennille Bluhm                 All-LMC

            Jessica Gabrielsen          All-LMC Honorable Mention

            Jessica Zaren                  All-LMC Honroable Mention

            Renee Steinert                 All-LMC Rookie Team

2000   Joe Cawley                        LMC Coach of the Year

            Kari Dowell                       All-LMC

            Amiee Arnold                    All-LMC

            Kelli Feltmann                  All-LMC

1999   Amiee Arnold                     All-LMC

            Kelli Feltmann                   All-LMC

            Kari Dowell                       All-LMC Honorable Mention




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