Cassabaum signs with St. Ambrose

Joe RandlemanStaff Writer
Cassabaum signs with St. Ambrose

Nevada senior Kati Cassabaum has made the switch from volleyball to basketball as she signed a Letter of Intent to play women’s basketball at St. Ambrose University in Davenport.

Cassabaum, the daughter of Steve and Michelle Cassabaum of Nevada, origionally committed to play volleyball at the University of Northern Iowa in November. But after reaching the Class 3A state championship game for the second year in a row during girls’ basketball season, Cassabaum decided she wasn’t ready to hang up her sneakers.

“I loved UNI and I loved the coaches there - that wasn’t a wrong decision - but it was really about the sport,” Cassabaum said. “I wanted to play basketball. I love St. Ambrose and like the coaching staff and I met some of the players there. Personally, it was right.”

Cassabaum made her decision at the conclusion of the state tournament. Nevada fell to Pocahontas Area in the 3A championship game after defeating the Indians in last year’s 3A title game.

“After the last basketball game I didn’t really want it to end,” Cassabaum said. “So I talked to Bobbi Peterson (the UNI volleyball coach) and she was super supportive of me and she was super nice. Then I started getting into the process of going on college visits. I picked St. Ambrose because they have a good program with good history and I love the college, too.”

Cassabaum had quite the career at Nevada. She was a three-time all-state pick, including a first-team choice in 3A the past two years, and she finished as Nevada’s all-time leader in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks.

She will major in biology at St. Ambrose.

“They have a really good biology program,” Cassabaum said. “That’s good for me.”

St. Ambrose head coach Krista Van Hauen is thrilled to have Cassabaum become a part of her program.

“Kati is just a remarkable get for us,” Van Haun said. “We were in desperate need of some post players. So she’s going to be able to come in right away and get some playing time as a freshman. Not very many freshmen can do that at college programs. We’re going to look to Kati to fill the void of our All-American post player we’re losing this (Devan Griffin).”

St. Ambrose went 22-10 this past season. The Fighting Bees fell to Briar Cliff University in the first round of the NAIA National Tournament.