Women’s Volleyball Hires Former UPenn Head Coach As Assistant Coach
Penn State women’s volleyball hired Katie Schumacher-Cawley as a new assistant coach — she’ll replace Salima Rockwell, who retired following the 2017-18 season. Russ Rose announced the decision on Monday, bringing the former All-American Nittany Lion and national champion back to Happy Valley.
Schumacher-Cawley previously coached at the University of Illinois-Chicago for six years as an assistant coach and then head coach for another eight years from 2002-2016.
This past season, Schumacher-Cawley served as the head coach of the University of Pennsylvania, where she led the Quakers to an overall record of 12-11. She led the Quakers to seven conference wins, which is the most in Penn’s history for a first-year coach. Her tenure ended after only one season at the helm after Russ Rose offered her a job under his staff.
It won’t take much for Schumacher-Cawley to adjust to life at University Park, as she attended Penn State from 1998-2002 where she played volleyball and majored in Communications. Schumacher-Cawley garnered a tremendous resume while playing volleyball for the Nittany Lions, including two All-American honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association and a 1999 Women’s Volleyball National Championship.
“My time as a Nittany Lion student-athlete was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and one that I look back on so fondly every day of my life,” Schumacher-Cawley said in a press release.
Schumacher-Cawley hopes to contribute as an assistant coach to what has been one of the most dominant programs at Penn State. In the past ten years, the team has won six Big Ten trophies and five national championships.