2017-18 Women's Basketball Coaches
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Krista Van Hauen
Head Coach: 8th Season
Phone: 563-333-6230

Krista Van Hauen was introduced as the 10th head women's basketball coach at St. Ambrose University on June 16, 2010.

A two-time conference Coach of the Year, Van Hauen has compiled a 142-72 record and led SAU to three NAIA National Championship Tournament appearances in her seven years with the Bees.

In 2015-16, Van Hauen guided the Bees through a successful first season in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC). The Bees finished 22-10 overall, 14-5 in the conference, and qualified for the National Tournament. St. Ambrose knocked off four nationally-ranked opponents, including an 81-54 win over then-No. 2 St. Francis (Ill.) on Jan. 16. SAU advanced to the CCAC Tournament championship game after defeating No. 11 Cardinal Stritch and No. 4 St. Francis in the first two rounds on the road.

The 2014-15 season came with a conference championship as the Bees won the MCC crown with a 9-3 league mark. In 2013-14, Van Hauen guided St. Ambrose to a 26-6 record, MCC regular-season and tournament championships, and a spot in the NAIA National Tournament to earn her second coach of the year award. Along the way, the nationally-ranked Bees reeled off a 20-game winning streak, tying the third-longest in program history. SAU finished 12-0 in the conference, becoming the first team to go unbeaten in MCC play since the 2006-07 St. Ambrose team.

Van Hauen made an immediate splash, taking the Bees to the second round of the National Tournament during her first year on the bench in 2010-11. That team finished 29-5 overall and won a conference title as Van Hauen picked up her first MCC Coach of the Year award. She also hit the 20-win plateau when her 2012-13 team finished 24-7 overall.

In her seven years at St. Ambrose, Van Hauen has coached 12 First Team all-conference performers, one Second Team all-conference selection, and nine players who received all-conference honorable mention. Six players have been named to numerous All-American teams - Ali Dolphin (2011 NAIA Second Team, 2011 WBCA Honorable Mention), Samantha Saladino (2013 NAIA Third Team), Lauren Cash (2014 NAIA Third Team, 2014 WBCA Honorable Mention), Katie Jensen (2014 NAIA Honorable Mention, 2015 NAIA Third Team, 2015 WBCA Honorable Mention), Sydney Greiner (2016 NAIA Third Team, 2016 WBCA Honorable Mention) and Devan Griffin (2016 NAIA Honorable Mention). 

The St. Ambrose women have also earned academic accolades in Van Hauen’s time at the helm. Her 2010-11 team was fifth among all NAIA institutions with a 3.518 grade point average. Her 2011-12 team ranked 14th with a 3.424 GPA, her 2012-13 team was seventh with a 3.545 GPA, her 2013-14 team finished 10th with a 3.490 GPA, her 2014-15 team was seventh with a 3.575 GPA, her 2015-16 team was sixth with a 3.611 GPA and her 2016-17 team was third with a 3.701 GPA.

Before joining the Queen Bees, Van Hauen spent the previous two years as an assistant coach at the University of Northern Colorado. Responsible for developing perimeter players, Van Hauen coached guard Whitley Cox, a 2010 all-Big Sky Conference First Team selection, who signed a professional contract with the Harlem Ambassadors.

Along with assisting with on-court coaching at Northern Colorado, she organized team travel and summer camps, supervised the academic performance of the student-athletes, and assisted with recruiting the Midwest and junior colleges.

Prior to her two years with the Bears, Van Hauen was the Director of Women's Basketball Operations at Bradley University from 2006-08 while studying to earn her Master's degree in Coaching from the United States Sports Academy.

Along with her successful coaching background, Van Hauen has strong ties to Iowa and the Midwest. A three-time conference MVP at Wellsburg-Steamboat Rock High School in Iowa, Van Hauen played collegiately at Waldorf College. An NJCAA First Team All-American in 2001, she led the Warriors to a third-place finish at the NJCAA National Championships that year.

After a year at Simpson College, where she garnered second team all-Iowa Conference honors, Van Hauen returned to Waldorf to earn a degree in Wellness and closed her career by earning all-conference recognition in 2004.

Van Hauen got her coaching start as a student assistant at Waldorf in 2003. She coached at Grundy Center (Iowa) High School in 2004-05 and also served as an assistant coach at Cornell College during the 2005-06 season before moving to Bradley.

"With my previous coaching jobs I have gained many valuable experiences in assessing and recruiting top-athletes from the Midwest," said Van Hauen. "When looking for quality student-athletes, the young women must be successful on the basketball court as well as in the classroom while being respected in their communities. They must value the qualities of good citizenship, respect, trustworthiness, and honesty. I believe such talented student-athletes will compete successfully at the NAIA level and will win conference championships, and compete in the NAIA National Tournament. More importantly, such young ladies will be winners in the game of life, making outstanding contributions in their families, communities, and careers in the future."

 
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Mark Kurtz
Assistant Coach: 3rd Season

Mark Kurtz joined the St. Ambrose women's basketball coaching staff in 2015-16.

His coaching career began in Arizona in 1986 and continued at the junior high level until 1996, when Kurtz was named the head varsity girls basketball coach at Maquoketa (Iowa) High School. In six seasons at Maquoketa, he went 60-68 and reached a regional final. He was named the Big Bend Conference Coach of the Year in 2001 and coached three all-state players.

In 2006, Kurtz started coaching varsity girls at DeWitt (Iowa). In nine seasons, he compiled a 124-87 record, advanced to two regional finals and took his 2011 team to the state tournament, where they reached the semifinals. Kurtz was a three-time WAMAC Coach of the Year while coaching four all-state players, two NCAA Division I players, a Division II player and several Division III players.

"I am excited to join the St. Ambrose family," Kurtz said. "I welcome the opportunity to help our players improve and learn the college game from Coach Van Hauen. Her knowledge, experience and passion are contagious."

Kurtz, a graduate of DeWitt Central High School, was a member of the 1981 Class 2-A State Champions. He continued his playing career at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, where he was a two-time team MVP and three-time all-Midwest Conference selection. The team's freshman of the year in 1982, Kurtz scored 1,004 career points and once pulled down 17 rebounds in a game, the third-most in school history.

He earned his degree in Physical Education and Education from Cornell in 1986 and then earned his Master's in Physical Education from Western Illinois University in 1999.

An English, Science and Reading teacher in Arizona for two years, Kurtz taught Physical Education, Science and History at St. Joseph School in DeWitt for seven years. He has been a teacher in the Maquoketa School District, teaching Elementary Physical Education, for the last 20 years.

Mark and his wife Colleen live in DeWitt.

 
Shavonne Brewer
Assistant Coach: 1st Season
 
Peyton Bockholt
Assistant Coach: 1st Season

Peyton Bockholt joined the SAU women’s basketball coaching staff in 2017-18.

A graduate of Union High School in LaPorte City, Iowa, Bockholt helped her high school team win back-to-back conference titles and finish undefeated in conference as a junior. She was named second team all-conference as a sophomore and was named first team all-conference as a junior before missing her senior season after suffering an ACL tear.

Bockholt’s playing career continued at Kirkwood CC in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. After missing most of her freshman year due to her injury, she earned third team all-region and all-tournament honors as a sophomore after helping Kirkwood to a fifth-place finish at the NJCAA National Tournament. That season, the Eagles finished 31-6 overall, won the conference with a 13-1 league mark and won the Region XI Championship.

She then moved to Limestone College in Gaffney, S.C., for her final two seasons. During her junior year, Limestone finished 30-0 in the regular season, won the conference title and hosted the regional tournament as a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The next year, Limestone finished 27-5, again winning a conference title and advancing to the NCAA Tournament. At Limestone, Bockholt was named to the Presidential Honor Roll and received academic all-conference twice.

Bockholt graduated from Limestone with a degree in Biology. She is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at St. Ambrose, where she will graduate in December 2019.

 
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Samantha Urban
Assistant Coach: 2nd Season
 
Haley Rawles
Manager: 1st Season