Ashlee Rust enters her fourth season as a full-time assistant coach for the Washington University in St. Louis volleyball program in 2017.
During her third season, Rust helped guide the Bears to the 2016 NCAA Division III National Championship match and a 27-11 overall record. WashU defeated seven American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Top-25 teams on the year.
In 2015, Rust assisted the Bears to a 34-3 overall record and an appearance in the NCAA Regional Championship match. WashU won the University Athletic Association (UAA) title.
During the tenure of head coach Vanessa Walby and Rust, the Bears have garnered nine AVCA All-America selections, including the 2015 AVCA Division III Player of the Year honor in Allison Zastrow.
In just three seasons at WashU, she has helped the Bears generate nine All-America honors, earn 11 All-Central Region Team selections and 13 University Athletic Association honors. The Bears have made it to the NCAA Regional Championship match three straight years, and most recently advanced past the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Regional as Champions in route to the National Championship match.
Prior to joining the WashU staff in August 2014, Rust spent the 2012 and 2013 seasons as an assistant coach at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She helped lead the Kohawks to a 53-18 record in those two seasons, including a school-record 33 wins in 2013. Coe finished as the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) runner-up in both 2012 and 2013, and had a total of nine individuals earn all-conference honors in Rust's two seasons as the assistant coach.
In addition to her collegiate coaching experience at Coe College, Rust also spent four years coaching club teams throughout Missouri. She coached the Ozark Juniors in 2006-07 and 2008-09, then spent the 2011-12 season with the Springfield Juniors. Most recently, Rust coached the H2 STL club team in St. Louis in 2013-14.
Rust was a three-year team captain at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Mo., where she earned AVCA Division II All-America Honorable Mention and All-South Central Region honors in 2010. She was also selected to the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) all-conference third team in 2010 after receiving honorable mention all-conference accolades in 2008. Rust finished her career ranked 10th in MSSU history with 1,024 kills. She also excelled off the court, being named to the MIAA Academic Honor Roll all four years, and attending the NCAA Division II Leadership Conference in Indianapolis.
A native of Ponce de Leon, Mo., Rust was a four-sport standout at Spokane High School before graduating in 2006. She earned all-state honors and helped lead Spokane to a third-place team finish in volleyball in 2005. Rust earned all-district and all-conference honors three times each, and was twice named the conference MVP, while also picking up all-county honors two years. She was a four-year starter and captain for the basketball team, earning all-conference honors three times and all-county recognition twice. Rust was also a two-time state qualifier and all-district honoree in the 100-meter hurdles in track & field, and was a team captain for Spokane's cheerleading squad that finished in the top-two at state all four years.
Rust earned her bachelor's degree in communications with an emphasis in broadcasting from Missouri Southern State University in December 2009, and added a second bachelor's degree in public relations in December 2010. She completed her Master of Arts in communication from Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo., in July 2012.