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Cortney VanLiew



VanLiew earned her undergraduate degree this past spring. She carried a 3.68 GPA in accounting.

For her efforts in the classroom, VanLiew has been selected to the Dean’s List, President’s List, AD’s Honor Roll, and is member of the ASUN Honor Roll. She is the program’s first two-time CoSIDA All-Academic Team selection and only the second three-time ASUN All-Academic honoree.

VanLiew was also inducted into the FGCU Hall of Fame this past spring. It’s the highest recognition bestowed upon student-athletes at the university, as no more than 10 are recognized each year.

She is now working on her MBA.


Head Coach Matt Botsford:
“VanLiew is such a tremendous role model for so many. She is everything you hope to have in a student-athlete and in someone who represents your University. On the court and in the classroom, she’s one of the hardest workers we’ve ever had. In all facets of her life, VanLiew just outworks everyone. She’s been a three year captain for us with a proven track record of influencing those around her in a positive manner. She is a servant leader who gets to know everyone in her orbit with the goal of understanding how she can impact them. She is someone who makes all those around her better – from her teammates to her peers to us as an athletics department.”


Since arriving at FGCU, VanLiew has compiled over 250 hours of community service. She has volunteered with LEAD Like a Girl SWFL, Project Life Movement, Read Across America, Naples Human Society, among others.

VanLiew has twice served as the President of the Eagles Council, and she is heavily involved with the ASUN Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, as well.

She has been an advocate and outspoken ambassador for FGCU on mental health for student-athletes. VanLiew is also at the forefront of working with young children during camps and clinics.


VanLiew has a career full of accolades. She was selected to the ASUN’s All-Decade Team (2010-19) and is a two-time ASUN Player of the Year.

She was also named a 2019 AVCA All-America honorable mention and is a three-time ASUN first team selection.

VanLiew holds the program record for career kills (1,590) over 127 matches. She is on track to become one of just three players in program history to have 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs.

In the NCAA, VanLiew ranks 18th nationally for career kills among active players. She also ranks ninth all-time in ASUN conference history for career kills.