Not many athletes that suit up for St. Ambrose have to worry about working on their master’s degree while playing their sport of choice. It is even more rare that a master’s student would be playing two sports.
Defying the odds, is junior point guard Ashley Dexter. After graduating in December with a degree in accounting and finance, she entered the Masters program in Business Administration this January all while playing basketball for the Queen Bees.
After a year spent coaching with a redshirt, Dexter is only considered a junior on the court, while she is much more advanced in the classroom. Next year she will finish her final year of eligibility competing in both soccer and basketball before becoming a graduate assistant for the soccer team.
Sports runs through Dexter’s blood. As if she does not spend enough time wearing Ambrose blue on the court or field, she is usually found hanging around Lee Lohman Arena.
“Athletics is just a great environment to be a part of,” Dexter said, “The training room is where I am the most, not because I’m injured, but because of the great people that work there.”
Hailing from Eldridge, Iowa, Dexter was originally recruited to play only soccer at Ambrose. October of her freshman year she was convinced to go out for the basketball team to fill out her schedule.
“It keeps me bust that’s for sure, but I love it,” Dexter said, “I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
While she is busy off the court, her mind is busy on it. Dexter admits to being a numbers person. During a game she is always calculating the difference in score, how many fouls they have to give, and who is scoring.
As a five-foot-four-inch point guard she says her favorite part of the game is defense.
“I’m not a natural shooter so on offense I just look to pass, but on defense I love sneaking up on people,” Dexter said, “I’m short so they don’t often see me coming.”
Her speed and hard work as earned her recognition in both sports. In basketball she was selected as a team captain and Academic All-Conference. In soccer she earned The Coaches Award, Honorable Mention All-American, MCC New Comer of the Year, MCC Player of the Year, National Player of the Week, All-Conference, Academic All-Conference, and team captain.
Cheering her on as she racked up an impressive athletic resume, is her family.
“They never miss a game no matter how far away we are.” Dexter said.
The incredible support of her family is one reason Dexter loves playing so much. She wants to be a good role model for her younger cousins that look up to her athletic style.
Dexter will wrap up her junior season with the Queen Bees Basketball team as they enter the conference tournament. First round they will face Clark College of Dubuque, Iowa.