Head Coach Aleesha Cleaver
Aleesha Cleaver, of Davis, IL, was announced as head volleyball coach for the Spartans volleyball program in June 2016.
Cleaver, a May 2016 graduate of Upper Iowa University, came to Southwestern with playing and coaching experience. She coached the Illini NW Volleyball Club from 2013-16. She played volleyball and basketball for Roosevelt University, then transferred to Rock Valley College, where she was a starter and captain on the women’s basketball team that finished second in the nation to end the 2013-14 season. She has instructed at basketball camps across the Midwest as well.
Cleaver has a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Upper Iowa University and an Associate of Arts degree from Rock Valley College.
In addition to her coaching duties, Cleaver is a residence hall coordinator in Southwestern’s student housing department.
Assistant Coach Rand Hazelton
Hazelton joined the Spartan volleyball program in August 2016. Prior to coming to Southwestern, he was employed as assistant operations manager for Iowa Moving I.
He earned a bachelor's degree in sports management and wellness program management from Graceland University in Lamoni. He was a member of the men’s basketball team at Graceland and was later recruited to play for their men’s volleyball team. He is certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) as a performance enhancement specialist. Formerly certified as a softball official by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU), he umpired junior high and high school softball games over seven seasons.