2017-18 Men's Basketball Coaches
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Ray Shovlain
Head Coach: 35th Season
Phone: 563-333-6233

Coach Ray Shovlain has always challenged the student-athletes in all programs to "Bee" leaders. A St. Ambrose University leader defines winning as an every day effort to improve themselves, others around them, and the communities in which they are involved. Over the past three-plus decades, Coach Shovlain and his staff have strived to instill that leadership in the student-athletes that participate in men's basketball.

The Fighting Bees have experienced tremendous success since Shovlain was named head basketball coach in 1983-84. This success starts with the quality, readiness, performance and community involvement that the men's basketball program has been able to achieve.

Given that foundation, success on the basketball court has followed. Shovlain has achieved 625 victories and 18 20-win seasons over his stellar career. The basketball program has earned 10 NAIA National Tournament appearances and four Sweet 16 finishes under Shovlain, including the school's first and only trip to the Final Four in 2004, when the team set a school record for most victories in a single season (32).

This has been accomplished against an extremely competitive and challenging schedule that has included many contests against NCAA Division I and II competitors. The program has elected to schedule the best opponents possible. This year's schedule is no different. Past seasons have included games against many NCAA Division I opponents, including California State at Los Angeles, Creighton, Indiana State, Loyola Marymount, St. Louis University, the University of San Diego, Western Illinois, Eastern Illinois, DePaul, Bradley, Loyola University Chicago and Notre Dame.

Well regarded by his peers, Shovlain has spoke at a number of summer basketball camps at DePaul, Drake, Colorado State, Illinois State, Louisville and Notre Dame. After the 1988-89 season, Shovlain was the recipient of the Paul Maaske Memorial Award, an award given annually by the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association to the leading small college coach in the state.

Shovlain has also gained nationwide recognition as the activity director of the National Youth Sports Program (NYSP) at St. Ambrose. The NYSP is a summer youth program aimed to help economically disadvantaged children ages 10-16 in the Quad City area. The St. Ambrose University NYSP program was selected for the Silvio O. Conte Award in 1996, recognizing them as the top NYSP program in the country.

A graduate of Clinton's St. Mary's High School, Shovlain led his team to the 1975 Iowa State Championship while earning All-State honors. As a four-year letterman at St. Ambrose, Shovlain still holds the single game, season and career assist records and was inducted into the SAU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993. He went on to earn his master's in business administration at St. Ambrose in 1982.

In addition to coaching and leading the Athletics Department, Shovlain's position at St. Ambrose allows him to fulfill one of his other passions, which is teaching in the College of Business. Shovlain was selected Professor of the Year in 1989 and 1993. Shovlain and his wife, Betsy, currently reside in Davenport. They are blessed with a daughter, Katelyn Rae, and a son, Sean Michael.  

 
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Jim Kiss
Associate Head Coach: 10th Season
Phone: 563-333-6203

Jim Kiss joined the St. Ambrose men's basketball coaching staff prior to the 2008-09 season.

Prior to joining SAU, Kiss spent the 2007-08 campaign as an assistant coach at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. At UMD, he was in charge of film exchange and film breakdown; worked primarily with guards at practice; and assisted with recruiting, scouting reports, and preseason and post-season individual workouts.

Originally from Geneseo, Ill., Kiss played four years at Minnesota-Duluth, an NCAA Division II school. While at UMD, the Bulldogs averaged 17 wins per season. He graduated in the spring of 2007 with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology.

Jim's father Mike Kiss '76 and grandfather Don Morris '50 are both members of the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Mike accumulated more than 300 wins at Geneseo High School while Don accumulated 491 wins at Rock Island Alleman High School over the course of their coaching careers.

Kiss graduated with his Masters of Organizational Leadership from St. Ambrose in May 2010. He also serves the University as the Athletic Eligibility Certifying Official and the Classroom Coordinator through the Registrar's Office.

 
Zack Lundquist
Assistant Coach: 2nd Season

Zack Lundquist returns to the Fighting Bees' sideline as the graduate assistant coach for the 2016-17 season.

Lundquist, who played for the Bees from 2012-16, helped out at Davenport West High School for the past three seasons, as well as coached Quad City Elite AAU basketball.

He will be pursuing his master's degree in Business Administration.

 
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Alex Donahue
Manager: 3rd Season
 
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Matt Wastyn
Manager: 3rd Season