Steven Gream | Head Volleyball Coach
Steven Gream has completed his fourth season as head coach at Cowley College, having taken the head coaching position in April 2016. In the 2019 season, he led Cowley to a 31-6 record and a third place finish in the KJCCC. The team was honored with three All-American awards, four All-District awards, six All-Conference awards, and Cowley’s setter was named Setter of the Year. In the 2018 season, he led Cowley to a 33-7 record and a second place finish in the KJCCC. The team was honored with three All-American awards, four All-District awards, four All-Conference awards, and the AVCA Team Academic award. In the 2017 season, he led Cowley to a 5th place finish in the NJCAA DII national tournament, a 40-7 record, and a District N championship. The 40 wins was the third most wins in program history and the most wins since 1979 for the program. Gream was awarded the District N Coach of the Year award for the success of the team in 2017. The team was honored with three All-American awards, four All-District awards, seven All-Conference awards (the most in the conference), one Freshmen of the Year award, and one NJCAA national tournament All-Tournament team award. In 2016, his first season, Gream led the Cowley Volleyball team to a KJCCC conference co-championship and a 25-9 overall record. The team was honored with two All-American awards, four All-District awards four All-Conference awards, and AVCA Team Academic award.
Gream came to Cowley College having served six seasons as head coach at Southern Arkansas University (NCAA DII). There he raised the bar of expectations, performance, and confidence within the program. Since taking over the program in 2010, Gream guided the program to a record of 111-87 (more wins than the previous seven years combined). In just his first season at SAU (2010), Gream orchestrated one of the greatest turnaround seasons in NCAA Division II history as his team won 19 more matches than the previous year, and ended with a 20-12 record. It was the school’s first 20-win season since 2003. In his third season in 2012, Gream enjoyed his most successful year at SAU as the Lady Muleriders posted a 23-12 overall record. The 23-12 mark that season was also the second-best team record for SAU since the program joined the NCAA Division II ranks.
In each of his first four seasons at the helm, Gream posted a winning season, marking the first time that the SAU volleyball program has had four consecutive winning seasons since the mid ‘90s. Additionally, Gream led the program to their fi rst ever post-season play as he led the Lady Muleriders to five-consecutive Great American Conference (GAC) Volleyball Championship Tournament appearances. In their first two trips to the GAC Tournament (2011 and 2012), Gream and his Lady Muleriders would win their opening game to advance to the semifinals. Those two conference tournament wins, under Gream’s tutelage, are the first for SAU since they joined NCAA Division II in 1995. In 2015, Gream led the team to their first conference championship match in program history since joining the NCAA DII level.
Prior to coming to SAU, Gream spent seven total years coaching at his alma mater, Union University (two years as an assistant and five years as head coach). During his time as head coach, Union posted a record of 121-51 (.700 winning percentage), had four seasons of over 25 wins, won one conference championship, made two NAIA Region XI Tournaments (NAIA Regional tournaments were discontinued in 2007), made one NAIA National Tournament appearance, and received numerous national rankings. As an assistant coach at Union University, Gream helped start the program in 1998. In his two seasons in the role of assistant coach, the program had a 78-18 record, won a conference regular season championship, won a conference tournament championship, two regional tournament berths, two NCCAA national tournaments, and two NCCAA regional championships.
After graduating from Union University with a Bachelor of Science degree in History, Gream spent five years as volleyball coach at his high school alma mater, North Pemiscot High School in Wardell, Missouri. He also served as a volleyball club coach and director of the Jackson Juniors Volleyball Club and club coach for TC Elite. Gream is a member of the AVCA (American Volleyball Coaches Association) where he has served on numerous national and regional committees. In December 2009 and 2018, Gream was honored by the AVCA as part of their Victory Club. This honor was given in recognition of his success as a college head coach in his first five seasons. His overall coaching record is 361-167.