Ken Ammann

Head Coach

Ammann has averaged nearly 28 wins a season over his 16-year career with an overall record of 423-125. He is also the first 400 game winner in Concordia coaching history among all sports. Perhaps even more impressive is his record against top opponents, as his conference tournament record stands at 26-9 (.743) and his national championship tournament record is 25-9 (.735). Ammann will begin his 17th year as head coach of the Eagles mens basketball program. The longest tenured coach in Concordia history, Kens attacking and aggressive style of play has led to six 30+ win seasons and four NAIA National Championship appearances since 2001, turning a program around that had experienced just eight winning campaigns since its inception in 1981.

Ammann was named the 2011-2012 NAIA National Coach of the Year for the second time in his career, the first coming in 2002-2003. Ammann led his team back to the finals in 2004, nearly repeating as champions. The Eagles would finish as NAIA runner-up again in 2007, before winning the schools second mens basketball National Championship in 2012. Ammann has turned the Concordia mens basketball program into one of the top non-Division 1 programs in the country, turning Concordia into a national power almost overnight. He took over a program that had only had a handful of winning seasons and made the national tournament just once prior to his arrival. In only his second season (2002-03), he led the Eagles and the conference to their first NAIA National Championship in history. The 36 wins they compiled that season were the most at any level of college basketball that season. Ammann, since taking over in 2001, has a 20-win season. In the 2016-2017 season, the team went 17-11. It marked the best finish ever for a program in their first year in the conference. His 13th PacWest conference led his squad to a 22-6 record and tied for a first place finish in the Ammann Conference in 2015-16 and against NCAA Division II competition, PacWestIn their first year in the

He has coached 20 All-Americans, 10 All-Tournament members, four Charles Stevenson Hustle Award winners, one Chuck Taylor Most Valuable Player Award winner (Cameron Gliddon, 2012), one NAIA National Player of the Year (Justin Johnson, 2011), four GSAC Player of the Year winners, and 27 All-Conference honorees, while being named GSAC Coach of the Year four times.

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Matt McConnell

Assistant Coach

Matt McConnell begins his fourth season at Concordia as an assistant coach under Ken Ammann.

In 2015-2016, CUI finished tied for first in the PacWest Conference, the best finish ever by a first-year member. Stephen Grosey and JT Roach were selected All-PacWest, and Grosey was tabbed All-Region. In 2016-2017, the Eagles went 17-11.

In the final year in the GSAC, the Eagles finished with a 27-8 overall record and 13-3 record in conference play. They earned a spot in the NAIA Tournament for the 11th time, advancing to the round of 16.

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Gerald Brown

Assistant Coach

Gerald Brown enters his third year as an assistant mens basketball coach under head coach Ken Ammann, helping the Eagles to a first place finish in the PacWest in 2016.

Brown brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to share from both a coaching and playing perspective. Gerald enjoyed a successful 14-year professional playing career, having played in many different leagues across the globe including the NBA for the Phoenix Suns, Israel, Serbia, Germany, Spain, Australia, Poland, Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela, and Puerto Rico.

During the 2014-2015 season, Gerald served as assistant mens basketball coach at Arizona Christian University. While at ACU, Gerald helped lead the team to a 25-9 overall record, surpassing the schools all-time record for wins in a season. The Firestorm won their first ever NAIA Tournament game and advanced to the round of 16.

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Stephen Ferry

Assistant Coach

Stephen Ferry begins his second season as an assistant coach under Ken Ammann.

Ferry played for Concordia from 2013-2016. In 2014- 2015 Ferry was a member of the Eagle team that went 27-8 overall, 13-3 in the GSAC conference and earned a spot in the NAIA national tournament for the 11th time, where they reached the round of 16. Ferry was also a member of the 2015-2016 Concordia team that tied for first place in the PacWest Conference, the best finish ever by a first-year member.

Ferry, originally from Milwaukee Wisconsin, graduated from Concordia in 2015 with his bachelors in History and completed his Masters of Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia in 2016.

Austin Ruiz

Graduate Assistant Coach

Austin Ruiz joined the Concordia University Mens Basketball Program in the summer of 2017 after graduating from St. Johns University in Queens, New York.

While at St. Johns, Austin was a student manager for their Mens Basketball program and graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in sports management. He had the opportunity to work for Steve Lavin from 2014-2015 and Hall of Fame members Chris Mullin and Mitch Richmond his final two years at St. Johns. In his first year at St. Johns, the Red Storm made the NCAA tournament and lost to San Diego State in the first round.

Austin grew up in Seal Beach, Calif. and attended Lakewood High School. At Lakewood, he played for his dad and former Long Beach State Assistant Matt Ruiz, under Seth Greenberg on the varsity basketball team.