Amanda Ault begins her third season as an assistant coach at the University of Michigan, arriving in Ann Arbor after seven years as an assistant and associate head coach at Xavier and two seasons as an assistant at Lamar University in Texas. Her primary duties are the coordination of U-M volleyball recruiting and training the setters. In addition, Ault assists with practice planning, scouting and day to day volleyball operations.
Ault spent seven seasons as an assistant and associate head coach at Xavier University, helping the Musketeers advance to the Atlantic 10 Championship in each of her seasons and move on to the NCAA Tournament in 2001 and 2007.
While with the Musketeers, Ault was a part of four seasons of 20 or more wins, including Xavier's 24-11 run in 2007. The program won 10 or more matches in A-10 play in each of the last four seasons, including a 12-2 record and Atlantic 10 regular season championship in 2004.
In charge of the setters at Xavier, Ault helped guide setter Jenn Welsh to A-10 Rookie of the Year honors in 2005 and to third place on Xavier's all-time assists list, while tutoring setter Molly Martin to a storied career at Xavier in which she was twice named A-10 Setter of the Year and graduated second on the school's all-time assists list. Ault was also a part of a program that boasted 17 A-10 All-Conference honors, two A-10 Rookies of the Year, two A-10 Players of the Year, one Atlantic 10 Student Athlete of the Year and one CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year during her seven seasons.
Ault arrived at Xavier after two seasons as an assistant at Lamar University in Texas. The Cardinals went 41-26 during her tenure, 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.
Prior to her collegiate coaching career, Ault was one of the most prolific setters in Central Michigan University history, finishing her career in fourth place on CMU's all-time assists list with 2,688 helpers. She also graduated with the second-best single-season assist total in Chippewas' history (1,365) and ranked as high as 11th in single-season assists among NCAA Division I setters.
A native of Farmington Hills, Mich., Ault graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in health fitness in 1999 from Central Michigan. As a prep player for Farmington Harrison High School, she was named All-State, All-Region and All-Conference in volleyball and also earned four varsity letters in softball and basketball.