Ashley (Bowyer) Schaus, a 2009 NSCAA third team All-American, became the fourth player in Ohio State women’s soccer history to be named an NSCAA All-American following Lara Dickenmann (2004), Melissa Miller (2003, 2004) and Jodie Stranges (1996). Also named a 2009 first team All-Big Ten selection, a first team NSCAA Scholar All-American and second team NSCAA Scholar All-East Region pick, Schaus helped lead the Buckeyes to the NCAA tournament and a ranking as high as No. 11 nationally, scoring four goals and dishing out five assists as a senior. The two-year captain started 82 career games, fourth-most all-time at Ohio State, and ranks 10th on the career assists list with 16. Schaus, who was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and a four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete, is a sports and orthopedic physical therapist in North Carolina. See what else the Aliso Viejo, Calif., native has done since her time in Columbus.
What have you been up to personally and professionally since you finished your career as a student-athlete at Ohio State?
“After Ohio State, I competed in the Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) briefly before attending and earning my Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California. Since graduating from PT school in 2013, I’ve been practicing as a sports and orthopedic physical therapist in California, Alaska and now North Carolina where I currently reside with my husband, Patrick. I have had the opportunity to work on people of all ages to recover from their injuries and have worked with athletes throughout the high school, collegiate and professional rankings.”
What’s the most rewarding part of your occupation?
“The most rewarding part of my occupation is being an integral part in helping people feel better, achieve their goals and return to any and all activities that they weren’t able to do prior to their injury. After being on the other side as a patient for so many years throughout my soccer career, it’s amazing to be able to almost give back in the way my physical therapists have helped me in the past. I love being able to be active all day, especially when I get to shake off the rust and get involved in soccer-specific return to sport rehabilitation. There’s no better feeling than seeing an athlete of yours return to full competition after sustaining an injury.”
What’s the biggest challenge in your occupation and how did your time at Ohio State prepare you for the real world?
“Ohio State prepared me for the biggest challenge of the demanding Doctorate of Physical Therapy program and the amount of hard work, dedication and drive it takes to finish. I’ve been able to implement my time management skills I learned at Ohio State throughout my busy work schedule juggling patient care, paperwork and community outreach. I also would say the passion I had at school and for the soccer team translated into ensuring I bring passion and excitement every day to work for my patients.”
How did your goals while you were at Ohio State change or stay the same from then until now?
“My goals I’d say stayed the same and I was able to achieve pretty much everything I set out for. I competed at a top Division I program at Ohio State, with youth national teams throughout my collegiate career and was drafted to play professionally. I wanted to ensure I was able to be accepted into a physical therapy graduate program following Ohio State and end up getting into and graduating from the top physical therapy school in the nation. I’ve been able to continue to practice physical therapy within the sport spectrum and work with athletes. I continue to set goals to ensure I become to best physical therapist and wife that I can.”
What do you miss most about your time as a student-athlete at Ohio State?
“There are SO many things I miss about Ohio State, but what I miss the most are the teammates that I competed with. There’s no better feeling than knowing every woman on the team is fighting to compete in every tackle, battle, pass and game for the entire 90 minutes and trying to achieve the same goal. I’d give anything to get to spend time and compete with all of my teammates again.”
What is your favorite memory from your time at OSU?
“It’s impossible to pick a favorite memory out of all of them, but I loved getting to travel to California my senior year and getting to play in front of friends and family that normally wouldn’t be able to make it out to Ohio for a game. We were undefeated against every team that trip and I always took pride in beating colleges from my home state.”