Xavier Magazine

New Coaches

This season Xavier volleyball will have a new face net-side. Hawaii-native Mike Johnson starts his first season at Xavier this fall.

Last year Johnson led the Austin Peay State University volleyball team to a 22-9 record in his first season as head coach. Austin Peay also finished second in league standings, sent three players to the Ohio Valley All-Conference First and Second Teams, and produced the league’s Player of the Year in Stephanie Champine.

“I feel both inspired and humbled to join the Musketeer family,” Johnson said. “I have long admired Xavier for its esteemed academics and great athletic support. I’m thrilled to get started.”

This summer, Xavier also named a new head coach for men’s and women’s cross country and track. Dan Flaute, the former cross country head coach at Wyoming High School in Cincinnati, begins his coaching at Xavier this fall, and he has high hopes for his athletes.

“I am grateful to Xavier for giving me this great opportunity to lead the men’s and women’s cross country and track and field program,” Flaute said. “I am excited to begin working with our athletes this fall and building a winning program here at Xavier.”

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Big Island Break

The Xavier cross-country teams took a cross-country trip so they could, well, run cross-country. The teams traveled to Honolulu, Hawaii, to compete in the Hawaii Pacific Invitational during fall break in October. Both teams won the event despite agreeing that it was the most difficult course they’ve competed on, mostly because of two 400-meter hills. For a slideshow of their trip, visit

The team used the event to prepare for the Atlantic 10 Championship, which proved fruitful as sophomore Tommy Kauffmann set a school record in the 8K with a time of 24:38, earning him a spot on the All-Conference Team. Senior Becky Clark also made the women’s All-Conference Team. The men finished eighth overall while the women earned fourth place with the lowest point total and second best finish in A-10 Championship history.