Ashley McDonough enters her second season as head coach of the Ladies program in 2020 and also serves as the head coach of the Men’s Competitive Club Volleyball team which begins play this fall.
McDonough, a native of Chicago, led Centenary to an 11-24 overall record and a 7-11 finish in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play in 2019. The Ladies finished third in the nation in division III (first after the regular season) in team digs with 2,642. Marissa Sandoval, a senior from San Antonio, had a superb season for the Ladies as she collected 754 total digs, the third-highest total in the nation in division III. That number was the most by any division III player in the regular season and a Centenary division III era single-season record. She was also named the Libero of the Year on the 2019 All-Louisiana Volleyball Team, by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. Sandoval's 1,993 career digs are the most in program history in the division III era and she also set the record for digs in a single match (47) set this season in a 3-2 win over Schreiner on Oct. 19.
McDonough served as the head coach of Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, for four seasons (2015-18) prior to coming to Shreveport.
Despite fielding only eight student-athletes in McDonough's first season at Knox in 2015, the volleyball team had as many wins as the three previous seasons combined. In 2016 and 2017, the Lady Prairie Fire led the Midwest Conference in total digs and digs per set. For the 2017 season, the Lady Prairie Fire posted the most wins since the 1995 season.
Individual achievements for Knox volleyball under McDonough's direction include libero Keiyah Triplett finishing the 2016 season fourth in the nation in digs per set (6.93), becoming the highest ranking volleyball player in that category in Knox history. McDonough also coached opposite hitter Rose Griffin to three All-Conference honors. Griffin finished her collegiate career second in school history in total kills. In 2018, McDonough once again coached a libero into the national rankings. Sophomore Mady Ferris finished the regular season fourth in the country in digs per set (5.56). Ferris (686) broke the single-season dig record.
Prior to her stint at Knox, McDonough spent the 2013 and 2014 seasons at Cayuga Community College. In her first season, she guided the Spartans to their most wins since the reintroduction of the program in 2010. She also had two All Mid-State Athletic Conference (MSAC) honorees.
Her previous coaching experience also includes serving as a volunteer assistant at the University of Houston, a head coach and drill instructor for the Gulf Coast Volleyball Association's 13-15 age groups, and the varsity volleyball head coach at Living Stones Christian Academy.
Outside of coaching volleyball, McDonough has an impressive resume in non-profit development, fundraising, and marketing. She served as the founder/president of Helping Houston's Homeless (2004-2006), the development director for Asians Against Domestic Abuse (2010), a member of the United Way Speakers Bureau (2009), the education and events coordinator at Bay Area Turning Point (2008), and as treasurer for the Bay Area Alliance for Youth and Families (2009). She also worked closely with the Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFL) and assisted with the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA), working in a prevention education role (2008-2010).
From 2009-2011, McDonough ran a small marketing company in the Houston area called AMAC Solutions.
A 2005 graduate of Houston-Clear Lake with a degree in criminology, McDonough received a master of business administration from the University of Phoenix.