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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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Fast Finish

Xavier’s track and field team blazed past 15 school records during the Atlantic 10 Conference outdoor track and field championships—the most ever in one meet—and then sent three performers to NCAA Championships regional competition.

  • Caitlin Thomas qualified with a 10:44.72 in the 3,000 meter steeplechase.
  • Senior Luke Beuerlein became the first Xavier male to go to regionals with a 9:04.68 in the 3,000 meter steeplechase.
  • And junior April Phillips became Xavier’s first-ever A-10 Champion with a shot put of 47 feet, 4 ½ inches. The put also made Phillips the only Xavier athlete to qualify for NCAA competition in two sports. She’s also on the women’s basketball team.
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