2017-18 Men's Lacrosse Coaches
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Garrett Wimberly
Head Coach: 2nd Season
Phone: 563-333-5904

Garrett Wimberly was announced as the head men's and women's lacrosse coach at St. Ambrose University on Sept. 1, 2016.

Wimberly, the 2013 Deep South Conference Coach of the Year while at the University of Memphis, joined the Bees after serving as a volunteer assistant with the VMI lacrosse program in 2016.

"I am thrilled to be joining the St. Ambrose University family. It is an honor and privilege to coach at such a great institution that carries a rich history of success within the Athletic Department," Wimberly said. 
 
After playing for the University of Memphis club program as a goalie and midfielder from 2008-11, Wimberly started his coaching career at his former high school, St. Benedict at Auburndale in Memphis, Tenn. He took the school to its first state championship game appearance in 2012 as the team finished as runners-up in the TSLA Division 2.

Wimberly then returned to the University of Memphis to guide the men's club program. He transitioned the team into the Deep South Conference and helped the team earn back-to-back winning seasons in 2013 and 2014 while earning his conference coach of the year award.

He was the head coach at Houston High School in Germantown, Tenn., in 2013 before returning to St. Benedict in 2014 to become the boys and girls head lacrosse coach.

Wimberly takes over a St. Ambrose men's program that has qualified for the postseason in two of its three years. The Bees joined the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) this summer as an associate member in men's lacrosse. He will also begin building a women's program that will start play in the spring of 2018.

"I believe that our Lacrosse programs can succeed in the KCAC and NAIA. The NAIA is growing at a rapid pace. With Coach Shovlain and the SAU Athletic Department being ahead of this trend, I feel we have a strong advantage moving forward," Wimberly said.

"During the interview process, I immediately noticed the passion and commitment SAU holds towards the Athletic programs. The commitment to build new state-of-the-art facilities is a dream come true for any coach and will make recruiting to SAU very promising."

"We are very pleased with the hiring of Coach Wimberly," Shovlain said. "He has experience at all levels and has coached men and women. We are very confident he will successfully lead our lacrosse programs."

Wimberly graduated from the University of Memphis with a degree in Education, Sports and Leisure Management in 2011

 
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James Vandenbrink
Offensive Coordinator: 2nd Season

James Vandenbrink joined the SAU men's lacrosse coaching staff in 2016 as the Offensive Coordinator.

Born and raised in Lake Oswego, Ore., Vandenbrink was a four-year varsity player at Lake Oswego High School and played for Bradys Bunch Club team.

He received an athletic scholarship to play at NCAA Division II Shorter University, where he tallied 83 career points.

Vandenbrink has more than six years of coaching experience. He is the former varsity coach at Lake Oswego High School and also served as an assistant coach with 3D Lacrosse Oregon and Whales Lacrosse.

The son of Ellen and Rick Vandenbrink, James graduated from Shorter University with a degree in Business Administration in 2016. He is currently pursuing his Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership from St. Ambrose.

 
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Quinn Coyle
Assistant Coach: 1st Season

Quinn Coyle joined the St. Ambrose men's lacrosse coaching staff in 2017-18.

A four-year starter with the Bees, Coyle ended his career as the program's all-time leader in goals, assists and points. He returns to the program to assist Coach Vanderbrink with the Offense.

A graduate from Brother Rice High School in Chicago, Coyle is finishing his studies at SAU in Sport Management.

 
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Alex Burton
Assistant Coach: 1st Season

A four-year starter with the Bees, Alex Burton joined the coaching staff in 2017-18.

Burton led the SAU defense as a leader on and off the field. He graduated from St. Ambrose in the spring of 2017 with a Bachelors in Criminal Justice. He is currently continuing his education at St. Ambrose to receive his Masters degree in Criminal Justice.

Burton will assist Coach Taylor with the defense while also serving as the team's Strength and Conditioning Coach. 

 
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Richard Grissom
Manager: 2nd Season
 
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Jonathan Kasanicky
Manager: 2nd Season
 
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Allison Behnke
Athletic Trainer: 5th Season