LAKELAND, FL - Florida Southern College volleyball head coach Chris Keen has announced the addition of assistant coach Ashlee Crowder to his staff. Keen, who was named as the new head coach of the Moccasins following Jill Stephens' retirement in January, made the hire last month and Crowder has already begun working with the team.
"We are very happy that Ashlee will be joining our program and the Mocs family," said Keen. "She has a great background including stops at some of the top Division II volleyball programs in the country. Her experience will allow her to contribute right away and we expect that she will make an immediate impact on our team and entire program. We are looking forward to her competitive nature, which will create an easy integration into our culture. We are excited to have her on board."
Crowder joins the Moccasins after spending two years at the University of Indianapolis. At UIndy, Crowder helped coach freshman Olivia Martin, who came four digs shy of breaking the program record with most digs by a rookie. She also played a major role in the development of several key contributors, including many underclassmen like Anna Fehribach and Rachel Irbe, who led the team in kills.
Prior to coming to the Circle City, Crowder spent two seasons as an assistant at Grand Valley State, where she helped the Lakers advance to two consecutive NCAA Tournaments. She was on the coaching staff in 2014, when Grand Valley State went 27-6 overall, captured the Midwest Region championship by sweeping all three opponents, and advanced to the NCAA Final Four in Louisville, Ky.
An outside hitter herself, Crowder had a very decorated playing career at Hillsdale. She is Hillsdale's career leader in kills (1,703) and her 491 kills in 2009 are the third-highest single season total in Charger history. Crowder was a three-time AVCA All-American, including consecutive First Team All-America honors in 2010 and 2011.
She was also named the 2011 Daktronics Midwest Region Player of the Year while earning GLIAC Player of the Year honors in both 2010 and 2011. She is a member of the Hillsdale College Athletics Hall of Fame. A 2012 graduate of Hillsdale, Crowder earned her degree in physical education. She is also currently finishing her master's degree in special education from Grand Valley State.