The young team's development continued in 2014, and the Cougars' progress was in evidence on November 1 as they pulled out a gritty 14-13 victory on the road at Aurora University.The seeds for Awrey's coaching career were sown during a stellar playing career at Northern Michigan University where he was a four-year starter.The 1993 season marked the program’s first winning season since the program was revived ten years earlier.
Awrey led the Muskies (Concordia’s former Illini-Badger Conference rival and currently a Northern Athletics Conference rival) to a 35-14 record in five seasons including two IBFC championships, three conference Coach of the Year honors and a perfect 10-0 season in 1997.
In 1999, Awrey became the head coach at Division II Saginaw Valley State University.
Awrey, whose list of priorities includes faith, family, education, football team and self, has spearheaded the team's involvement in several community service projects including, most recently, Feed My Starving Children.
One week into conference play and only one Division I team remains unbeaten.
On the field, Awrey is excited about the potential for growth that the 2014 team began and the 2015 team is poised to continue.
"I'm always telling our players that the two things we can control are our effort and our attitude," says Awrey.Awrey’s early coaching experience includes positions at Westwood (Mich.) High School, Northern Michigan, Michigan Tech and St. Lawrence which was twice the NCAA National Champion runner-up.He has been inducted in the Athletics Hall of Fame at both St. Awrey’s first position as a head coach came in 1990 at Kentucky Wesleyan University.An unranked team pulled off back-to-back upsets of its top-10 opponents.And one under-the-radar program is exceeding all expectations.Credit sophomore outside hitter Olivia Boender for providing a much-needed boost when she entered the match in the third set.